La Parra Loca - Tempranillo-Shiraz Blend (~$8)

Silly name (“The crazy vine!”), somewhat “wacky” label (which reminds me of a children’s book our pediatrician gave to the kids on their last visit), but a good wine and a very good value.

This is a blend of a young and fruity tempranillo (95%) and shiraz (5%). “Shiraz” seems to me a bit of a misnomer here, as the earthiness and white pepper on the nose seem more Northern Rhone than Barossa. The palate is nicely balanced with sour cherry, cassis, and blueberry giving way to well-integrated tannins. There’s surprising length for a wine at this price point.

There’s some good acidity here, too, such that I think that this wine would pair well with the grill.


Drinkability: 8/10
Price: 4/5
Total value: 12/15

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