Wine Tasting Video: Spanish reds from Rioja, Navarra & Penedes

El Patito Feo Graciano Roble 2009, Navarra, Spain (£8.99 Virgin Wines)
Slightly boisterous youngster at the present, but calms down to show pure, plush blueberry and blackberry flesh, a fresher raspberry edge, notes of clove and new leather, and a warm dusty finish. B+

Tesco Finest* Viña Mara Rioja Reserva, Spain (£9.49 Tesco)
More dusty Spanish warmth here, with a coconutty oak and spice layer on top of vigorous red berry and orange peel flavours, showing a touch of mellowness, but still the backbone of juicy acidity and tannin that will keep it going for another couple of years at least. S(-)
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Can Rafols Gran Caus 2001, Penedès, Spain (£19.99 Virgin Wines)
Again, there’s that warm, dusty terracotta tile edge, plus soft berry fruit and tinges of vanilla. However, it’s lost its freshness and bounce, and now feels just a little too angular for real class. B(-)

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