Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Dec 4, 2010 Finca Los Aljibes – Aljibes 2005 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestTierra de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain $19-23 available at private liquor stores www.fincalosaljibes.comYou may have noticed a few new wines in the Spanish section of your favourite independent liquor store these past few weeks. Sixteen value-driven wines from the Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha arrived on our shelves in mid-November – a fantastic development for value vulture wine sleuths like myself. All of these new wines are priced under $20ish, and are fantastic value for the price.Los Aljibes is massive family project, deeply rooted in sustainability and environmentally protective measures. Located in the area of Chinchilla de Montearagón, the entire estate has a total of 900 hectares available for cultivation: 200 hectares of scrubland for varied animal and vegetable ecosystems, 178 hectares of vineyards, 50 hectacres of olives, with the remaining area dedicated to grains.The blend of Aljibes 05 would seem more at home in France’s Bordeaux – old vine Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Here they have spent 9 months in American and French oak barrels, plus 3 months in large 10hl French oak vats. An intense bouquet of dark currants and spice leads to full bodied flavours of black fruit, smooth vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, saddle and spice. Pure balance, firm structure and ripe tannins preview that this wine, though drinking well now, will hold and evolve over the next 5-7 years or so. If you can’t wait that long, drink now with osso bucco or grilled flank steak.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsFinca Los Aljibes – Aljibes 2005Old vine Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon meld into an intense bouquet of dark currants and spice, and a palate of full bodied black fruit, smooth vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, saddle and pepper. Pure balance, firm structure and ripe tannins preview that this wine, though drinking well now, will hold and evolve over the next 5-7 years or so. If you can’t wait that long, drink now with osso bucco or grilled flank steak.Red WineSpainWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.