Saw this at Costco for $24 and being a Spanish wine lover, thought I would give it a whirl.
I always love formulating my own impressions of a wine before reading notes and this case was especially dead on. Matthews pegs the obvious plum, raisin and dried herbs but believe it or not, it was the "clumsy" that hit the mark. I really enjoyed the quality of this wine, but the balance was a bit off - disjointed - "clumsy". This is a descriptor that I have not heard attributed to wine, but it really hit the mark. I do not know if it is my unfamiliarity with the Carinena or just the blend, but it was indeed clumsy.
That being said, I paired this wine a stewed plum and chicken plate with kalamata olives, oregano and thyme. Purely coincidence, but a perfect pairing. This dish helped elevate the wine from TM's review of 88 to my personal score of 90. I will buy this wine again, and look forward to the food/wine combination.
Good value for $24, particularly with the pairing.