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Aaaaarrrrggghhhh!!! Yet another night exploring the world of alcohol. Specifically in these wee hours making notes of the effects of a special two-bourbon blend - not wine at all tonight. But something in this cocktail is giving me flashbacks to a recent wine I enjoyed - not sure why, nor care.
In any case, I am a devout believer that enjoyment, not price, is your best guide to a great wine experience. But the constant flashbacks that plague me at the moment are for a more-than-usually expensive tipple for me.
Roda 1 - a tempranillo.
I have always loved spanish wines - mainly their cheap stuff - the glorious simplicity of a "house" rioja in the correct setting. But the other day I had a bottle of Roda 1 with a friend. This retails at best price in aussie for about $160 - obviously a tad more at a restaurant. I was unconvinced about it until I actually tried it.
Oh My God. How can a simple tempranillo be so good?
My colleague JohnM uses a phrase to describe a deep personal enjoyment of a wine - the "wow" factor. Essentially it means that a certain wine really hits the right notes for you, specifically, personally, taking it way above other similar items. This Roda 1 did not have that wow factor for me - it induced in me the need for a higher term - ie the "OMG".
I am too poor as yet to get addicted to same. But as always in Life, I rejoice at inspiration. The day I have twenty or so dozens of Roda 1 in my cellar to consume as merely "house wine" then I know I have reached another level. And that day will come.
One half of my cellar sporting said tempranillo in bulk, the other half full of Botran carribean rum.