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Wine Tasting Note: La Riada Old Vines Garnacha, 2005, Campo de Borja, Spain.No mention on the rear label specifying exactly how old the ‘old vines’ actually are, sadly. (There really should be some legislation to define such statements). There are two awards plastered on the front – a ‘Great Value Red Wine’ and a Silver Medal, both awarded from the International Wine Challenge.

Red WineWine Tasting Note: La Riada Old Vines Garnacha, 2005, Campo de Borja, Spain.
Available from Threshers for £5.99 (£3.99 on buy three deal).
Deep in colour with a corresponding richness to the palate too. Smooth to the point of new-worldness but still with a Spanish twist. Full-bodied with a soft lick of gravelly tannins on the finish. Plenty of peppery fruit. Alcohol 14%. At £3.99 very good value, at £6 not so.
As with so many wines listed by Threshers the wine is only good value when purchased as a threesome (buy two get one free).

Scribblings Rating – 88/100 [3.5 out of 5]

I should just point out the totally dismal state of the Threshers store where I brought this – while I realise the Henley Regatta is a busy time and is going to have some effect on stock levels there really is no excuse for the shocking mess in the store. No attempt had been made to keep the fridges topped up, face-up wines on the shelves and the like. If that had been my store (and in my time I have run busy wine shops) I would have been acutely embarrassed.

La Riada Old Vines Garnacha – entry for Wine Blogging Wednesday #35 Passionate Spain as hosted by Wine-Girl.net.

2 Comments »

  1. Chris B says:

    Just commenting on the Threshers mayhem, it seems they are all being sold off, all our local ones are available (£20k each if anyone wants to buy one!) so staff motivation must be low at present. Their idea in the blurb is that owner operators will be more highly motivated to make profits for their owners. Cheers Chris

  2. Andrew says:

    Not sure if you are referring to the company being sold on or to the individual branches being offered a franchise… I suspect the latter

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