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Vino Bitches: Penascal Estate Tempranillo 2009

Penascal Estate Tempranillo 2009
Liquor Depot
$13.35

I’ve been sick all week and my roommate has been taking care of me, so I decided to surprise her this weekend with a bottle of wine. I found Penescal Estate Tempranillo on the top shelf at the Liquor Depot, and since it was on sale for almost $6 off, I grabbed the bottle of red to treat her for being so generous. But, upon opening it, I feel like she probably regrets not letting me die of pneumonia.

Penascal Estate’s Tempranillo pours a deep rich oxblood red and smells like fruit punch cough syrup, which is good, considering I am currently nursing a chest cold. This was probably less than ideal for my fully healthy roommate, though.

On the first sip, it tastes almost as good as Buckley’s. It has a mild synthetic fruit flavour that burns as soon as it passes the front of your tongue — like cough syrup. The watery texture leaves a lot to be desired from both mouthfeel and on the palate.

My roommate made me pork chops for dinner to try and make me feel better since this wine was so bad. The little flavour it has completely vanished when mixed with food. It didn’t even taste like anything with plain salad. If you’re not drinking this wine on its own, don’t bother.

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