I must confess that I have mixed feelings about wine from Spain. In my experience, the best Spanish wine is in Spain itself and rarely exported. Most of what you find outside of the country is pretty rough.
When I went to Ibiza, I was pretty disappointed, too. Even though this is in Spain itself, it caters to a lot of tourists. The wine was terrible. But when I went to Madrid and Barcelona, everything changed. I had fantastic wines.
All I can say is that the Spaniards probably keep the best stuff for themselves and export the tat abroad.
Happily, the Carta Roja isn’t tat. It’s not a fine wine but it’s a happily quaffable Jumilla with a nice intensity of flavour. I picked it up for £13 at a local supermarket in the UK but I’ve seen it discounted online to roughly £7 a bottle. At that price, it’s a steal. This is a table wine that nobody will fault you for. At least not anybody of taste…
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