Sorry, here’s another grumpy review. Dark in colour, Brown Brothers’ 2009 tempranillo had a medium intensity aroma of plums, strawberries and dark cherries. The palate had similar flavours and medium acidity, but I felt the alcohol a bit pronounced, spiky and out of balance. But then we are talking here about a wine that is around $14, and I tasted this wine blind not knowing this, so this may be harsh. On day 2, it was better. Decanting might be a good idea to soften this one up a bit. Seemingly not as good as the 2008 or the 2004 that I’ve tried previously. 80 to 81 points.
Tasted: September 2011