24 dollars: Bodegas Ateca "Honoro Vera"
NEW ERA WINE SCORES GRAND TOTAL: 80.5 points. Ultra ripe style, crowd-pleasing wine for surviving dreary winter weather. Snuggle up with this!
Price per bottle: $24
Region: Calatayud, Spain.
Grape varieties: Grenache.
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking window: 2017 to 2022
1)Aromatic intensity, up to 5 points.
3.5 points. Yep, good poke.
2) Aromatic complexity, up to 5 points.
4 points. Surprisingly nuanced for an inexpensive wine.
3)Aromatic attractiveness, up to 20 points.
17 points. Yep, very sexy in an uber-ripe, raisin-y way.
4)Palate intensity, up to 5 points.
3.5 points. Big and round!
5)"Mouthscape" or "palate complexity", i.e. how much of an interesting experience in the mouth a wine delivers, up to 5 points.
3.5 points. Thoroughly lovable.
6)Drinkability, i.e. how much the wine's total taste characteristics leave you thirsting for more, up to 20 points.
18 points. This is a "single sitting" kind of a wine - none shall remain!
7)The morning-after test, i.e. how this wine looks on the second day after opening and beyond, up to 5 points.
3 points, holds its own.
8)Cellarability, up to 10 points.
6 points. Mid-term. To be drunk young but does still have a nice tight tannin network that might help hold it together for longer.
9)Individuality or how distinct the personality of a particular wine is, up to 10 points.
6 points. A well formed individual with distinction.
10) Look, packaging, label, up to 5 points.
4 points. Might not be to everyone’s taste but it is eye catching and creative.
11) Environmental credentials, story, philosophy, history, brand weight, up to 10 points.
No real story but Calatayud is a wild and mountainous region with historical aura and exoticism in the heart of northern Spain. 6 points.
12) SUBTOTAL: Add together the individual scores from points 1 to 11, above. Subtotal is scored out of 100 possible points.
1 Value-for-money, take SUBTOTAL and divide by price to give X, then multiply X by 2. 2X is the value for money score.
2 The grand total NEWS value for a given wine is the product of SUBTOTAL + the value-for-money score.
Below 70: May have outstanding features but also some drawbacks and I couldn’t recommend it in confidence.
80-89 highly recommended
90+ points: Remarkable wine. Theoretically a score over 100 is possible once the value-for-money factor is taken into account. Something around 105 would be the upper limit of perfection.