Dark purple and almost opaque in the glass with really long legs. The nose is very fruity with ripe plum jam, purple licorice and cinnamon. There’s a touch of charred oak and a hint of blueberry to boot. On the palate it tastes of candy and black fruit salad with iodine. Rich oak is well integrated as are the lithe tannins. The mid palate has a pronounced dryness along with blackberries and that medicinal note. The tannic grip hits on the long finish- it’s quite pronounced. That candy/grape bubble gum flavor is very present alongside the tannins. There’s a modicum of acidity that may balance this wine out once the tannins mellow a bit. For now it would pair nicely with a juicy steak. It gets 91 points with good cellaring potential. Drink till 2028. A blend of Monastrell, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cab Sav. that gets 5 stars cause you can pick it up for only $17. Salut….
An interesting blend of Old Vine Monastrell and Shiraz from the Spanish Bullas. It’s a town in the southeast part of Spain in the Murcia region. Nose of earth and plum jam with an initial attack of blue fruits and stone. A hint of oak and some cardamom come through. Very integrated tannins meld with the balanced acidity giving a nice mouthfeel. This wine is aging well and will go till 2018 . Back end lights up with some violets and rustic charm. An overly optimistic MSRP of $90 make it a major pass even with 93 RP points. I found it online for $30, which makes a lot more sense. 91 points from me and 3 stars. Pair it with some earthy game or perhaps goat cheese pizza. It yearns for tapas as well. Salut….
If you followed my last two posts you will know I went to a friend’s 50th birthday bash recently. When we were all seated this bottle was on our table, waiting to be opened. Our hosts had hired a private chef, waitresses and set up a whole outside sit-down dinner for 20 people.
I looked this wine up online and was pleasantly surprised. The price is only $10, and it got a whopping 90 points from RP himself. On the other hand, I have my own impressions. It started out with blueberries and heat. Lots of it. I had to let it sit for a few minutes to blow off. When it finally came around the blue fruits persisted with some earthiness, cherry kirsch and a touch of the wood. Decent tannins were integrating and the juicy acidity was great. I would give this wine a cellaring life between 2014 and 2020. We had Filet steaks with spinach and gratinated potatoes topped with scallops. It worked for me… At this price it’s hard to go wrong with this Spanish blend, but I am reserving points and going with 88 making it a solid 4 star wine that I may look for. If you are throwing a party you may want to get some as well. Salut….