Cortijo Tinto 2009 Rioja

This Spanish dark ruby red colored wine is made with 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha grapes and has a 13.5% alcohol volume priced reasonably at $9.99. This is a very decent young wine with red berry and flower (I’m thinking violets) aromas on the nose followed by raspberry, strawberry and black currant fruits with earth and spice notes. A hint of licorice followed on the finish.

I paired this with pork, egg noodles and steamed broccoli and surprisingly went very well together. I hesitated serving this with the pork as I am used to serving this blend with red meats, not white meats. You never know what your palate is going to reveal. Even though this was a young wine I still sent it through the Vinturi aerator for good measure.