2006 Montebuena Rioja: Good second bottle.

july 7, 2009: we had what rob williamson recommended as a good second-bottle wine as our first (and only) wine of the evening, paired with baked chicken with broccoli and pasta. we had no problems with this spaniard tempranillo varietal. the wines from this region apparently have more in common with chianti than they do with the wines that replaced french imports after the phyloxera bug decimated vineyards around the world, according to snooth.com. greg said he really liked it. the nose had a raisin scent, and the overall taste was cherry. it was a 1 in terms of acidity (on a 1-5 acidity scale, with 5 being so acidic it's undrinkable). victoria said it had an earthy nose. the mouthfeel was thick with texture, but at the same time, it wasn't so heavy that it weighed down the dinner. we had a great time just talking and relaxing with this bottle. 13.5 percent alcohol. $8.99 with 10-percent big red case discount.

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