Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2004
"Made from 100% Tempranillo, the 2004 Protocolo Tinto, from relatively high elevation (2,700 feet) vineyards planted on both limestone and clay, reminds me of a tasty, straightforward French Cotes du Rhone. Notions of roasted herbs, pepper, and black cherries jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, straightforward, satisfying, well-made, dry red. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years." - The Wine Advocate
Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.