I was shocked -- shocked! -- to learn that this bottle of 2004 Rioja -- the Cosme Palacio y Hermanos -- was made from 100% Tempranillo grapes. I've had a couple bottles in the past of that varietal that I just didn't like. I guess it was the wine because I absolutely love this bottle. For a wine that's under $12 it is loaded with vibrant flavors and incredible aromas. The wine is sensual and alluring, inviting to numerous senses with its lush blackberry, cherry and plum flavors and just the slightest hint of pepper. It has a nice medium body making it easy to drink alone or with a variety of food. We had it with a melange of grilled meats: honey-glazed chicken, pepper-encrusted filet and andouille chicken sausage as well as some greens and roasted potatoes. From a quick search online, it seems like this bottle is available throughout the US and Europe -- and for good reason: it's a lovely, inexpensive wine that drinks well with a variety of food. And it was a Wine Spectator Daily Pick last September with a score of 86.
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