Dezel Quillen
 
I thoroughly enjoyed the recent Cariñena Google Hangout tasting. All of the wines we had an opportunity to taste and exchange thoughts about offered extremely good value. I think the eye-catching packaging of the Beso de Vino and attractive price point (under $10) would be particularly appealing to millennials. The label would hook them and the quality would reel them in. Both of these wines are fun, easy-drinking, juicy and berry-driven, and perfect for backyard cookouts with family and friends. The Agoston 2013 Tempranillo and Cabernet blend, which was similarly priced, is approachable and satisfying, with clean red and purple fruit flavors, notes of spice, and balanced acidity. It has an overall soft and smooth character and is a solid red wine for everyday drinking that won’t break the piggy bank. The Castillo de Monseran Old Vine Garnacha, in my opinion, over delivers for its price point. It shows good depth of fruit, range and integration with focused red and purple fruit flavors – both fresh and dried. I found it a bit more substantive than its counterparts in structure and weight, but equally as filling and enjoyable. Besides good value, the other common trait these wines share is a food-friendly nature. With summer upon us, and grills fired up, these wines will go great with just about anything coming off the grill. Thanks again for the invitation; the wines of Cariñena were an eye-opener and confirm that it doesn’t have to be very expensive to taste good!


Dezel Quillen