2002 Bodegas Julián Chivite Navarra Gran Feudo Crianza
The other day, a friend on Twitter asked with some sarcasm, “Are there good wines from $10 – 15?” My reply was, “Yes, but you have to search harder for them.” I agree with one of our wine club members who always says its easy to find good expensive wine and harder to find good cheap wine.
So in the spirit of finding good cheap wine, I offer up the 2002 Bodegas Julián Chivite Navarra Gran Feudo Crianza which I’m drinking right now while I type my notes. This bottle was purchased from my local wine shop, Arista, in Edmonds for $12. It’s a red wine blend of 70% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The color is a deep garnet with a rim of brick red. The aromas are quite closed but I get subtle floral at first, followed by some white pepper and earthiness. Flavorful medium body of strawberry and raspberry with a medium finish of cloves and tobacco. Tannins are still firm with good structure suggesting that this wine could still age and slightly improve but is easy to drink now. Good but not exceptional with a great QPR for an everyday drinking wine. Paired this with pasta and a mushroom cream sauce and it was very enjoyable.