La Granja 360 Tempranillo

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Another polarizing wine. One of us found it nicely balanced with a pleasantly sweet and nutty nose. Another thought the nose offered a sickly sweet mix of molasses and prunes. And the third thought it smelled and tasted too much like grape juice.

Darien Tempranillo, Rioja

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This wine offers a very fruity nose, almost like cheesecake topped with berries and drizzled with molasses. But it smells worse than it sounds. On the tongue, it’s slightly effervescent, with caramelized fruit. So many of these Spanish wines are aspiring to a new-world, fruit-forward style—and end up falling flat on their face. This one is a case in point.