WHAT: Vina Zaco Tempranillo 2008 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE: Rioja, Spain
WHY: Sometimes when a European winery tries to modernize its product, you get the worst of both worlds; packaging that panders and incoherent wines. Not here. Tasteful graphics and balanced Old World sensations of dry earth, florals, dried cherries and well-composed structure make for a successful Rioja reinterpretation.
PRICE: 750 ml/$14.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected liquor stores (product #243097)