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Joyful, fruity and ever so easy to drink, it's no wonder this is one of our members' favourite Spanish reds.
Product Code: QVG-SP14801
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Everything about Bodegas Príncipe de Viana is vast: owners of over 400 hectares of vines in Navarra, controlling a further 500 hectares, planted to Spanish grapes (graciano, garnacha and tempranillo) and international ones (cabernet, merlot and chardonnay). Príncipe de Viana also boast one of the region’s most technically modern wineries, built in 2004, with a barrel room that contains more than 15,000 oak barrels. Despite this the winemaking approach is sensitive and modest, aiming always for clean, balanced flavours. The scale of Príncipe de Viana’s production brings an enormous economic advantage: by controlling everything from vineyard to bottling in combination with the high volumes produced means that the wines offer some of Spain’s best value for money. Sabina is a special label made by Príncipe de Viana for The Wine Society and is one of our top selling Spanish reds. The name Sabina is taken from the indigenous Spanish juniper tree grown locally in Navarra, where this wine comes from. This unoaked style of tempranillo (with a small amount of cabernet sauvignon to add structure) is made in a fruity and balanced style with lovely clean flavours. Perfect on its own at parties or enjoy with a plate of jamón.
Navarra’s ancient winemaking heritage has not left it looking backwards and today the region has a well-earned reputation for modernity, innovation and improving quality. Like most Spanish wine regions it possesses a state funded research facility, the Estacion de Viticultura y Enologia de Navarra, that has been particularly influential, proactive and successful in its endeavours to advise and assist the growers of the region. Navarra lies to the north-east of Rioja on the pilgrim route to Santiago di Compostela in Galicia, a fact that has been instrumental in the growth and reputation of the regions vineyards and wines as pilgrims slaked their thirst as they passed through. Despite this, and though a part of the Rioja vineyard area straddles the River Ebro and occupies a small piece of Navarra, the wines of Navarra itself have for many years been somewhat in the shadow of their more famous neighbour and have not, until recently, enjoyed the same level of investment and international focus. The region today is divided into five main vineyard areas. In the cooler, wetter north, closer to the Pyrenees where the vineyards are prone to westerly winds and subject to the most Atlantic influence, are Tierra Estella and Valdizarbe. Autumn temperatures here are cool enough to mean that Bordeaux varieties like cabernet sauvignon planted there are often harvested later than they are in Bordeaux itself. Site selection for vineyards is particularly important here to ensure ripening and there are many aspects and microclimates to consider.Closer to the Ebro, and slightly warmer than the areas further north, are Baja Montana and Ribera Alta. Baja Montana, as the name suggests, is hillier than Ribera Alta, and therefore a little cooler and it is from here that many rosado (rosé) wines emerge. Ribera Alta is warmer and flatter, more often planted with garnacha on alluvial soils. The influence of the Mediterranean has more impact here.Warmer and drier still, though a little protected from the influence of the Mediterranean thanks to the Sierra del Moncayo mountains, Ribera Baja is the most southerly of the Navarra wine producing areas. Soils here can be lighter and sandier than elsewhere in the region, with some sites bearing similarities to the soils of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône. Though there are differences in soils in some sub-regions, there is an unusual uniformity of loam and gravel over a clay-limestone base across Navarra as a whole, with most to be found in the north. Climatic variations over the region mean that many producers blend wines from across all areas to achieve a house style in their more generic wines. Garnacha was traditionally the most widely planted variety but in recent years it has been caught and overtaken by tempranillo, with the expansion of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay plantings also impacting its share. Red wines, often blends though there are many fine single-varietals too, are the dominant style, but rosado is widely produced and enjoys considerable popularity. Whites form only 10% or so of production, usually viura (macabeo) but with chardonnay coming up on the rails, particularly from the cooler northern areas, and sweet muscats maintaining an increasingly high-quality toe hold. Though garnacha has been overtaken by tempranillo in plantings, it still makes some of the best and most distinctive wines of Navarra as many winemakers reappraise its inherent qualities, where it is best planted and how to make it. Co-operatives are an important element in Navarran production, but there are also many independent family owned companies establishing an excellent reputation for their wines and their forward-thinking approach to making them.
"At this price I defy you not to have a big smile on your face as you drink this!"
I would recommend this wine
"Great mid week wine. Great value."
"Best red for the price that I have tasted. Easy drinking, very mellow"
I would recommend this wine
"This continues to be one of my regular everyday reds. Excellent value. Difficult to find a better red at this price."
"Rich but mild and with edge"
"Great mid week wine. Great value."
"At this price I defy you not to have a big smile on your face as you drink this!"
Daily Record 10th Aug 2019
"This top selling,
easy drinking red ... uses the classic Rioja grape but
from a less fashionable next-door region (Navarra). Enjoy its rounded cherry
and red plum fruit, firm acidity, modest tannin and cinnamon-infused backdrop. - Brian Elliott"
"Over the years I have had an off-on affair with red wine. Currently "on" this wine is outstanding value for the price and in line with other members views, this is an excellent candidate for "hmm, I just fancy a glass of smooth red as a wind down". This is also outstanding with lamb chops, tapas, pizza or lasagne. "
Mr Roger Brooke (02-Jul-2019)
"Good value,easy drinking wine."
Mr Ken Randles (12-Jun-2019)
"Very, *very* drinkable; I'm home alone this evening, and the other half of this bottle isn't going to last the night. Warm, plenty of fruit, subtly spicy and oaky. Fantastic value for the money, this is about to become the house red in short order."
Dr Shane Glackin (09-May-2019)
"Great everyday red and a snip at this price. Smooth with dark berries taste.
Mr Nathan Whittamore (24-Apr-2019)
"Smooth but punchy Spanish red. Blackcurrant and a bit of spice. Not especially complex but very satisfying for an everyday red. Extremely good value at this price. "
Mr Patrick Vickers (20-Apr-2019)
"Possibly one of the worst wines we have ever tasted. Very surprised to see it on the best sellers list.
Unfortunately most of it went down the drain. We didn't even feel it was up to being used in cooking."
Mrs Penelope Grey (06-Apr-2019)
"This is my standard house party wine and lives up to that most admirably and is affordable"
Lt Col P J Harvey MBE R IRISH (31-Mar-2019)
"For the price this is a lovely tipple. Light and fruity to the eye and warm on the tongue. "
Mr Martin Watson (08-Mar-2019)
"Along with the Domaine Laborie, this is my other regular everyday wine. Need I say more!"
Robert J Foster Esq (06-Mar-2019)
"okay but not good enough to buy again"
Mr Alan Smart (23-Feb-2019)
"Terrific value at under six pounds, this is my favourite regular plonk. A real taste of affordable Spain, it takes me back to the little table outside our favourite bar in Triana Sevilla! Alas not so much sunshine around my part of the world especially in the deep mid winter..."
Mr Brian Hughes (20-Jan-2019)
"This is only one star because I can’t give it zero stars. Horrible taste, slightly cloudy, undrinkable. Shall certainly not order this again. Do not recommend."
Mr Keith Rose (02-Jan-2019)
"This vintage is as good as previous ones. Great value for under £6. Warm and deep black/red fruits. Terrific for the price. "
Mr Tom Rodger (22-Dec-2018)
"Great for the money. Warm, black fruits"
Mr Jon Owen (04-Dec-2018)
"I used to enjoy earlier vintages of this, but no doubt my palate has been spoilt by more up-market wines. This was drinkable, with cold lamb, though rather tannic; on the second day, despite having applied the anti-oxidant gas, it was completely flat and dull and was consigned to the cooking shelf. Would do for a party, but not a keeper."
Dr Christopher Currie (26-Nov-2018)
"A bit rough around the edges, but a good value match for roast lamb. There's acid and tannin present, so temperature is critical. Give it an hour to air and get up to room temperature."
Mr Richard Hadfield (07-Nov-2018)
"This smells warm, Summery and inviting. The up front taste is of soft sweet dark fruits but there's plenty of back end grip for balance. Even my wife liked this and she's quite picky with reds. An absolute bargain at £5.75. Go buy some!!"
Mr George Fleri (23-Oct-2018)
"Can't expect too much at this price point but it's still bad value for money. Very sharp spirit type taste and borderline drinkable. AVOID."
Mr Dickson Cheung (16-Oct-2018)
The Times (15th Jun 2019)
"easy-swigging … with
the sort of joyful, simple, plummy fruit that makes it one of [The Society's]
most popular reds. - Jane MacQuitty"
The Mail on Sunday (26th May 2019)
"Chill out time …
Gorgeous red that smashes it for the price. Best barbecue buy. - Olly Smith"
The Guardian (20th Apr 2019)
"With bargains as good
as like this, who needs discounters? A lip-smacking Spanish red for everyday
drinking. - Fiona Beckett"
"Granted the last few bottle I kept a couple of months were slightly improved, but this is poor value, [other supermarkets] have far better wines at a similar price point,"
Mr Colin Rose (24-Mar-2019)
"Pleasant but a bit too dry for me. Not as rounded as the [a supermarket's] Navarra"
Mr Peter Giblin (23-Dec-2018)
"What a pleasant surprise.Lovely,smooth and mellow easy drinking fruity red wine.Great value medium bodied Spanish red cracker.
Miles away from the sometimes over owned,leathery Rioja's next door.
Terrific modern red."
Mr Paul Davies (06-Oct-2018)
"Nice, fruity, very easy-drinking. Cheap @ 5.75/bottle"
Mr Bill Nash (16-Sep-2018)
"Came across as a smooth and fairly bland young Tempranillo. Made the 'mistake' of leaving it out for a day without using the Vacu-Vin. Result was a much better tasting wine - full of flavour and aromas. Not a lot of lasting taste but a very nice glass - and at this price you can't complain. So let it breath for quite a while and it comes across as a different wine."
Mr Matt Wilks (03-Aug-2018)
"Really enjoyed this wine and its excellent value, it has body, fruit and a little oak uncomplicated and leasent to drink"
Mr Neville Clifford (28-Jul-2018)
"The other reviews say it all. Despite it's price this light wine has a very enjoyable, sliightly smoky taste. No it doesn't have an especially long finish or great depth of flavour. But it has a real style and matches well with a wide varietyof foods. Highly recommended for simple and delicious everyday drinking."
Mr David Wakeling (21-Jul-2018)
"Pleasant enough but hardly delicious. Inoffensive if rather unexciting, however not bad value for the price."
Mr Nicholas Ray (06-Jul-2018)
".....been drinking this for ever – that is, ever since the Society found it years ago. 100A1+ and the simple label tells the whole story.
I'd better replenish stocks as one day, I'm sure, it will vanish; all good things must come to an end! "
Mr John W Prescott (16-Jun-2018)
"At this price, this is just superb. My father in law says it has a funny taste but I think it has just the right amount of smoky oaky dark fruit. And I’m the expert of course."
Mr Edward Bogira (09-May-2018)
"Possibly a contender for the best value wine on list. A handy standby to have for an inexpensive but rewarding glass of red. I enjoyed it with lamb hot pot, but it would work well on its own, or with pizza, sausages and mash etc. Great for picnics too, as it is a screwtop, so no need to worry about a corkscrew. It won't be the best bottle of red you've ever had, but it won't disappoint at £5.75. Highly recommended."
Mr Chris Brinklow (01-May-2018)
"Lovely blackcurrant juice colour. Certainly fruity flavours Some tannin to the fore but not overpowering. A little heavier compared to tempranillo from south of the Javea area which I have drank numerous times on holiday there and obviously due to the small cabernet addition to this mix....works well......much better than the Vina Santico Cab Sauv 2017 checked out earlier but still not a patch compared to the Dona Paulina Cab Sauv 2016..... and why has this wine gone from their list...??...."
Dr John W Jones (27-Feb-2018)
"A superb wine at this price. Dark cherry on the nose, surprising depth to the palate, this is a versatile and enjoyable everyday wine.
Tasted against Domaine Laborie, Baccolo Rosso and Cruz de Piera - this was the cheapest and by far the best!"
Mr Thomas Constable (25-Feb-2018)
"Great value. Can’t believe this is less than £6. Good structure with red and black fruits. This is now my go to every day red"
Mr Tom Rodger (25-Feb-2018)
"Outstanding wine for the price."
Mr Adam Morris (20-Feb-2018)
"This is a soft fruity Red that reminds me of local Spanish Wines I've enjoyed on holiday. It's definitely lighter in style compared to some of the wines I normally drink, but it's a Tempranillo and this is the style of these Wines. At £5.75 a bottle, it's an entry level Spanish Red and isn't going to set the World alight, but at the price, it doesn't have to! It's a Red that I will purchase again! I had it without food, but I think it would lend itself to being enjoyed with a Meat Paella, Bolognese, Pasta or Pizza!"
Mr Colin Bell (18-Feb-2018)
"Another guilty Society pleasure! Unencumbered by price-point expecation this combined joyously with aubergine parmigiana and a chorizo pasta to great effect. The final glass consumed without food exposed its limitations and sweetness but overall this is a simple pleasure. Good job, WS buyers!"
Mr Tony O'Grady (15-Jan-2018)
"Tremendous for not much more than a fiver. Stacks of fruit and very drinkable. Clearly not complex but what do you expect for this price"
Mr Paul Anderson (18-Nov-2017)
"I enjoyed this -excellent quaffing wine for the price."
Mrs Sharon Mungin (10-Nov-2017)
"Fruity, low tannins, smooth, hint of blackcurrant, cherry and plum. Nicely crisp but not a jaw cracker! Medium bodied and easy drinking. Will be ordering again"
Mr Martin Reeves (02-Nov-2017)
"An easy to drink red either with food or on its own. Strong with a hint of blackcurrant."
Mr David Millard (02-Oct-2017)
"Colour: Black cherry with a ruby rim.
Aroma: Dusty, dried herbs, ripe red fruits, smoky/tobacco with a touch of sweet spice.
Taste: Medium-bodied at best, smooth pleasant tannin and nicely acidic. Red fruit flavours with a smoky touch but the finish is a little short.
Overall: Young fresh and flavoursome, a really good everyday Tempranillo. Straightforward but well-structured with nice aromas and flavours. Great value so just relax and enjoy."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (21-Jul-2017)
"For the money this is an excellent wine. And at this price point it doesn't compete with wines at a higher price from The Society. But then why should it? I have to say that it is an excellent everyday drinking wine and I have yet to find anything better anywhere at the same or similar price point in the UK. Very easy drinking, my wife would say too easy - nothing left for her! So I have bought before and will buy again and again. It is a cheapie but it is good."
Mr Graham Syms (21-Jul-2017)
"Good value and easy drinking. Great with chilli! Bought one bottle and now ordering a case!"
Mrs Sheila G Woods (11-May-2017)
The Mail on Sunday (17th Sep 2017)
"Two Spanish stunners
[this and The Society's Southern Spanish Red, Jumilla 2016] … impressive buys. - Olly Smith"
The Independent (13th Aug 2017)
An attractive bargain from the Navarra region to
the north of Aragon, a juicy, fruity, easy drinking, medium-bodied little
wine, ideal for parties.
- Terry Kirby
The Times (1st Jul 2017)
"Top 50 Summer Reds
& Rosés: With lashings of ripe, squishy, Victoria plum fruit, this unoaked
tempranillo, topped up with a dab of cabernet sauvignon, is the bottle to serve
at picnics and parties with multiple dishes. - Jane MacQuitty"
"Great value everyday drinking. Screw-cap for ease and goes well with kitchen suppers"
Mr Ian Massey (29-Mar-2017)
"I don't know if I just got a bad bottle but my experience was very different from the other reviews. I found the wine was fairly undrinkable. It tasted like it had not been aged at all. The predominant flavour was of alcohol. It was bitter and didn't open up even when I let it stand. I ended up using it for cook which was great.
Reading all the other reviews, I do wonder if I got a bad bottle or a different vintage. My bottle was a 2015."
Mr Arden Manning (08-Dec-2016)
"This is the 3rd vintage I have bought of this wine, all of them have been reliable and easy drinking, nothing complex about it - just a decent simple wine and worth having to hand in the wine rack."
Mr David Mitchell (09-Nov-2016)
Dr Pippa Lane (07-Oct-2016)
"Bright red fruit and blackcurrant nose, easy fun. Touch of tannic structure, not drying or heavy. Very happy with this, simple and unpretentious, great value & a snip at £5.25. Could certainly drink with & without food. One to buy again."
Mr Martin J Whalley (01-Sep-2016)
"A smooth fruity easy drinker which represents extremely good value for money. Gives pleasure over wines several times the price. Member for nearly thirty years."
Mr Philip J Butterworth (28-Aug-2016)
"Opened Friday lunch for drinking in the evening but found the wine still very closed with a hard tannin ending. Was away for that weekend so did not taste again until following Monday evening when I found it much improved. Good everyday wine but needs extensive breathing time."
Mr Peter Wooldridge (16-Aug-2016)
"Easy drinking, gluggable and very high value for money."
Mr Richard Hewson (12-Aug-2016)
JancisRobinson.com (7th Mar 2017)
"Impressive clarity of
fruit - juicy redcurrants and cranberries. Some smokiness on the nose. Light,
soft, smooth palate. Undoubtedly good value. 15/20 Richard Hemming"
The Daily Mail (18th Mar 2017)
hero, this macho tempranillo with a fruit-driven core includes a dash of
cabernet sauvignon for added élan - and the result is superb. With a rustic
edge and a fruit-driven core it is a bold choice with the sausage, fennel,
broccoli and ricotta tart recipe. - Matthew Jukes"
Mr Mark Hodson (26-Mar-2016)
"We had 2 blind tastings by 6 of us for my 2 daughters weddings and this came out the unanimous winner on both occasions. A cracking wine with lamb and belly pork. ABM"
Mr Chip Mitton (05-Dec-2015)
"Sorry, shades of maceration carbonique (over plummy).
Reminded of the long standing saying associated with the airline Sabena ("such a bloody experience, never again").
Although more expensive, far better value: Finca Muñoz Barrel Aged Tempranillo, Castilla 2010"
Mr Bill Davy (27-Nov-2014)
"A very easy drinking everyday red, well worth a try if you haven't already."
Mr David Mitchell (26-Sep-2014)
"Nice, easy drinking red with cassis notes. I will buy again, great value for the price"
Mr Jon Milton (21-Sep-2014)
"Good value this one. Thought it would be more expensive. Nothing too heavy, perfectly tasty without food and good with BBQ too. Much preferred this to the £16 8-year old Rioja we compared it to. #WinePlebs ;-)"
Mrs Rosalind Gray (04-Jun-2014)
"A nice balanced wine, hard to believe it's one of the cheapest The Society offer. Pleasantly surprised."
Mr Craig Owen (27-Feb-2014)
"Really surprised me. I thought it was a far more expensive wine. Lovely and nice complexity for the price."
Mr Douglas Orr (14-Dec-2013)
"Cherry flavoured two dimensional wine. Certainly not a wine to savour but not bad for the price I suppose."
Dr Richard Allen (28-Nov-2013)
Sunday Life (13th Oct 2013)
Deep dark Spanish red with tonnes of sun-ripened
fruit aromas and flavours, very easy drinking. - Paula Gracey
"Just had my first taste. Very good, lovely body, some legs. Tannins are lovely, not too strong and I'm sure will relax with some time out of the bottle. The cheapest bottle I've had from the society with my usual spend in the 10-30 pound range, this really does stand up well."
Mr Alexander Dean (01-Aug-2012)
"In the halcyon days when one could buy this wine for under £5, it was a firm fixture in my orders. It will continue to be so."
Mr Michael Perrett (17-Jul-2012)
Mr Robin Barlow (18-Jun-2012)
"Fruity and obvious, lacking any sophistication. A simple wine."
Dr Matthew Gaughan (09-May-2012)
"Enjoyable with or without food - excellent value."
Mrs Katharine Bryan (04-Feb-2011)
"This is a cheap and cheerful Tempranillo which represents great value at £4.75. Whilst being no blockbuster, there is plenty of robust, sweet fruit to hold your attention and a nice peppery kick which all make for a thoroughly enjoyable mid-week drinker. Enjoy with lashings and lashings of chicken, chorizo and cannellini bean fricasee and pretend that you're on a balcony in Pamplona, watching the ritual slaughter of some local livestock."
Mr William Davies (26-Jan-2011)
"Great wine. I am amazed that wine this good can still be made at this price. This is the first wine I have tasted from the society and I was very pleased.
Not thin or rough but with some nice fruit, a touch of leather and a pleasing bite:)
Mr Neil Mungeam (17-Dec-2010)
"I find this perfectly pleasant for the price."
Mr Colin D Richardson-Webb (11-Nov-2009)
"I know it's cheap but it really shows. It has no character and does not taste like a tempranillo."
Mr David Emes (29-Oct-2009)
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