Pago El Espino 2010 – Ronda, Malaga Province, Spain

IMG_2850Aged in French Oak for 17 months, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Tempranillo. I was intrigued by this one in the wine store and had to try it. Ronda, the alleged birthplace of bullfighting and final holdout for the Reconquista, is an oft-overlooked gem of a town not far from Malaga and the better-known towns that sit on the coast. It’s lovely and I’ve had fantastic meals there. It was a good choice. This is a nice, mid-concentrated red offering that I liked quite a bit. Nice garnet color with some juicy plum, vanilla, and cherry mixed with nice leathery spice notes. A light hit of tannin on the back end draws up the finish and keeps it structured and not a juice bomb. I picked this one up on a recommendation at Goñi Ardoteka in San Sebastian for around 18 Euros. Wine Searcher suggests it’s not even easy to find in Spain. So, yes, that’s not helpful, but it does put this one in the category of potential import.

  • Rating: Impressive
  • Name: Pago El Espino 2010
  • Winery: Cortijo Los Aguilares
  • Region: Ronda, Malaga Province
  • Country: Spain
  • Varietals: Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Tempranillo
  • Price: 18EUR
  • Where to Buy: Goñi Ardoteka in San Sebastian, Spain

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