$20, 5 stars, 91 points, cabernet sauvignon, Jumilla, monastrell, Mourvèdre, spain
It says that this wine is 70% Monastrell. Learning the different names for the same grape has been challenging in my studies but I know that this Mourvedre is also known as Mataro. There’s 30% Cab Sav thrown in for good measure. It is a deep ruby color and has very slow moving legs that give away the 15% ABV. The nose is rich with blackberry, black plum, purple licorice, hints of baking spice and toasty oak. Blueberry jam is the last thing I coax out of the glass. On the palate it is dry with medium (+) acidity and grippy tannins. Full bodied, it gives me waves of rich black and blue fruit notes with oak influenced spices and toast. The purple licorice turns black on the mid palate and the charcoal and toasted oak really come out. The finish is dry from the tannins and medium in length. This is a tasty number that will do well with grilled beef or lamb chops. The tannins, whilst balanced, are quite powerful on the back end- this wine will last till 2030 at the least. 91 points from me for this $20 make it a no-brainer 5 star effort. Salut….