Another find on the recent out of state excursion was a 2006 El Jamon, Crianza, Tempranillo Do Carinena from the Aragon region of Spain. Nice aromas of tart red fruit, dusty earth and hints of oak. Medium bodied wine with a silky mouth feel. Lots of cherries and berries, a little taste of earth and a decent dose of tannin and acid at the end. Nicely balanced wine that just pleasant to drink.
Dinner was a pan seared and oven roasted tri-tip beef roast with a Romesco sauce of tomatoes, peppers, almonds, garlic, pimenton and olive oil. Good little wine and a good meal to go with it. The best "critter label wine" I've had for awhile.