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|Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2010 (based on 1 user opinion)|
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| ||Tasted by Arthur4wine on 7/7/2011 & rated 88 points: Not a bad wine. Well worth the price. I like Monastrell, the Cab and Shiraz gave the wine more structure. (1182 views)|
| ||Tasted by Madhaus on 9/30/2010 & rated 78 points: start: a bit harsh, middle: tastes of woody fruit and chocolate with a hint of pepper, finish: tart and none too smooth (1368 views)|
| ||Tasted by dChristopher on 3/13/2010 & rated 85 points: Not terribly refined, medium-body, at a nice price point. Recommended as a 'daily drinker'. (1473 views)|
| ||Tasted by jaredament on 1/31/2010 & rated 88 points: Always impressive for the value. Deep ruby color, chocolate raspberry nose with simple but satisfying finish. (1538 views)|
| ||Tasted by tgaskill on 1/22/2010 & rated 85 points: Earthy wine with fair amount of tannis that kept it interesting. Dark fruit with a little chalk. Not great, just good. (1734 views)|
| ||Tasted by wyldwoman on 8/19/2009 & rated 85 points: This definitely has the taste of an Old-World wine.|
Gorgeous black cherry color. This is one of those wines that to my still largely untrained nose and palate just for the most part smells like wine. I'm still learning how to tease out the identification of smells from wines. This one doesn't seem to have a complex nose from which I can tease out a lot of aromas. Smells mostly of dark, ripe fruits and smoke.
Tastewise, again I taste dark fruits like black cherries and blackberries. It's a little bit dry, but not aggessively so; just a little furring on the sides of my tongue. There's a definite smoky wood taste here, but not 'oak monster' strong. A little bit of oiled leather. Black tea. This wine is strongest on the mid-palate, but the front end and finish are substantial as well.
There's a bit of heat on the first few sips, kind of giving me a fire-breathing-dragon through the nose sensation, which I get used to after a few mouthfuls.
It's a nice weeknight wine. Probably be better in a few years, though it is already starting to mellow.
I happen to like Spanish wines, having spent some time in Spain. They make great, earthy, Old-World reds. This reminds me a lot of the wines I had when I was in Spain. That sexy, dark fruit combined with nice tannins just has a certain something that reeks of Spain.
A decent wine at a very good price. I had it with steamed salmon, which was good, though not ideal. (1306 views)
| ||Tasted by Grape_ape on 8/19/2009 & rated 80 points: grapey and harsh, really not very good. Seeing this is from Bodegas y Viñedos de Murcia, the makers behind the controversial Sierra Carche, I could see this as the swill "accidentally" bottled as the supposed 96 point wine... (1287 views)|
| ||Tasted by mrpalmer on 8/7/2009 & rated 83 points: Pretty non-interesting. Fruit, not much else. No finish. (1339 views)|
| ||Tasted by cgrimes on 4/17/2009 & rated 85 points: The Newburyport Wine Group (Our House, Byfield, MA): Purple color. Nose of grapes and green pepper--very primary. Similar palate with some vanilla and tar. Seemed a bit off balance to me. Guessed Monastrell. (1667 views)|
| ||Tasted by RonnieBeck on 4/7/2009 & rated 82 points: Didn't pair it with anything- that may have been the problem. The attack was mostly unbalanced with an acidic start. Fruity but evolved to smooth texture. Finished with a pucker. Will try again to check consistency. (1489 views)|
| ||Tasted by kablerc on 8/21/2008 & rated 85 points: Black tea with dark fruits and mild tannins... short finish. One dimensional, but fine for a weeknight and at $10, no complaints. Enjoyed with a medium rare sirloin steak with grilled bell peppers and mushrooms, side of broccoli. (1591 views)|
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Spain Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia
Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net
Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.