With our pot roast dinner tonight I opened a bottle of Marques de Caceres Crianza 2007. This has long been a go to table wine for me for 'ordinary' meat and potatoes type of food. This Spanish wine is from the famed Rioja region, which produces many fine Tempranillo blends. The Crianza designation tells you it has been aged in oak. The 'black' Tempranillo grape is a staple in Spain, especially the Rioja region. For some people, a bottle like this defines Spanish wine - red Tempranillo from Rioja. Although there are many other fine wines in Spain, I find it hard to argue with the classic status of such a wine.
So in summary, nice reliable table wine worth buying at a price point of about $15, even better if on sale. Sometimes the Rioja designation drives the price up a few more dollars, which is unfortunate. Wait for the sale, you'll enjoy it more.