Bujanda via Laithwaites
It's no secret that I am not generally a fan of Laithwaites wines; brash, obvious and unsophisticated. And that's just the advertising.
Copa Real / Cop-a-feel is a bit like someone's bit on the side - desperate for attention and hoping you won't ask too many questions.
Fur coat and no knickers.
There's lots going on up-front (too much) but it can't deliver on the promise.
Copa Real 2014 (£7.99) lifted oaky spice, with liquorice, baked red berry and bramble fruit and fine tannins. Mellow but not harmonious - alcoholic and drying on the finish.
Match with strongly-flavoured foods, such as spicy sausages or a stew, to mask the poor finish.