The Bodegas Cepa 21 blew me away last night. I was searching my collection for the right red to accompany a veggie lasagna. I took a chance on this wine and was rewarded with an almost unbelievable flavor experience. This wine stood up to the tomato and garlic in the lasagna and complimented every bite with ripe fruit flavors and a subtle hint of licorice. Even my wife, the red wine hater, loved it. The bottle disappeared quickly and enjoyably. This wine will go well with many Italian and Spanish dishes. I am ordering more, as it was as fine a wine as I have tried in over a year. The only disappointment was that I didn't have a second bottle to open last night.
This is a really nice tempranillo, quite dry with a beautiful deep purple color that sits heavily in the glass. The nose presents a scent of leather with a hint of chocolate and berry. The taste is somewhat fruity, with hints of cherry and cassis, but still quite dry with a pleasant finish. I had this wine tonight with leftover corned beef and cabbage from St. Patrick's Day, so at the very least you can call it versatile, but I think it would go quite well with a rare grilled steak with some grilled veggies and olive oil as well. Of course it's not after dinner and I'm quite enjoying my final glass all by itself.