Montecillo Reserva: Real Rioja

The other evening I attended a private tasting event featuring the wine from a new boutique Spanish winery. It was a very pleasant wine—smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. But it was totally devoid of personality or any sense of place, yet alone any sense of that place being Spain. It was, in fact, a prime example of that bane of the current wine scene, an international-style wine. That is, a wine designed to pander to the pernicious ratings points system, but which could as easily have come from Sonoma or Sicily. Moreover, it was ridiculously over-priced.

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