Name: (Sabor Real) Viñas Centenarias
First Sipped: The Woods
LCBO List Price: $15.00
Paired with: Homemade beef sliders, salad and a hand-rolled palmora cigar
Prodigy spun a tune called “Smack My Bitch Up”, and on first sip of this Spanish delight, I indeed was said bitch - with the slapping.
Holy Christ of all high is this a robust flavour. Dark and smokey it made me run for my cigar cutter - because I couldn’t let this one dance alone.
This isn’t the douchery of wine-speak, but the flavour is dark, like heavy old-English wood, the aroma (or whatever) isn’t over powering but simply full and confident… Thinking of a velour smoking jacket; soft in texture, deep in touch - the entire experience is absolutely wonderful.
Second glass: Holy, sweet, crap. This is thick, warm, comfortable and all around wonderful. I’m a huge fan - instant fan. Bold without being overbearing, this Tempranillo from Toro (There’s a Dean Martin song in there) is perfect.
5 corks out of 5.
Buy a second bottle.
I don’t think that there has been a Spanish wine that I don’t like. This one is no exception. The last few bottles we’ve tried and tested have been sub-par, so it was a very pleasant surprise to pair our sliders & salad with this tonight.
It’s smokey and smooth. It’s crisp and warm. Perhaps those descriptives don’t seem to go together (like PB&J) but they work in my mind and you may agree if you try out Viñas. Now, as with every review, we’re by no means sommeliers, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice to ignore this one if you see it on the shelves of the LCBO. And I’d be doing myself a disservice by not having a couple bottles on hand for the upcoming holiday season - which I’m sure will be bringing many different bottles to our home for more fun reviews.
Ok - ramble over. Another glass. My rating: