The wine looks ruby colored with medium legs and no sediment. It smells and tastes like blackberry and black currant with pleasant tannin that softens during dinner. It is a medium body, smooth wine with low acidity and a very nice finish. A great value at $12.
This wine has improved since my last tasting and was quite enjoyable. Somewhat muted nose of black floral fruit, but bursting with flavor. Sweet black cherry, cedar, and flint with billowy tannins that gave it some life in the middle. Medium length finish.
This Spanish blend of 50% Mazuelo, 25% Syrah and 25% Garnacha is a real winner for its price. It has been liked by all of our guests. The wine looks ruby colored with medium legs and a small bit of sediment in the bottle. The nose hints of raspberry, cherry and other fruits and there is a distinct blackberry, red currant and cherry taste with a hint of oak and low acidity. This is a medium to full bodied wine with a polished texture and a long finish. You just can't go wrong for the price and it might be drinking well into the next decade.
Grade: VG+ Very pleasant easy-drinker and crowd-pleaser from Monsant, worth grabbing a case of. Deep purple in the glass, bright red and black fruit on the nose with wet stone and some vanilla, raspberry and blackberry on the palate with some minerality and nicely balanced acidity, medium finish with very fine grained tannins.
My Grades: EXX-Exceptional, EX-Excellent, VG-Very Good, G-Good, O-Ordinary, P-Poor, U-Ungraded
What an enjoyable bottle of wine. Red fruit, spice, good lift. Just when you think it might go juicy, the acidity provides a nice lift into the medium finish. Really nice balance for such an entry-level wine.
Deep purple color. Nose of blackberries and other dark fruits. Smooth on the palate, especially as the night wore on. Probably liked this better than other CTers. Paired well with a roasted pork loin chop and scalloped potatoes.
50% Mazuelo, 25% Syrah, 25% Garnacha. Ripe red fruit aromas with rose and violet with pepper. Also hints of blue and black plum. Purple notes. Juicy on the palate with nice texture. Raspberry and cherry flavors with blackberry, marionberry and pepper. Hints of currant. Nice and full bodied. Nice complexity of flavor.
Not very memorable Spanish syrah blend. Semi-dark with a bit of cherry nose. Strangely short finish and not enough body. A bit of tannins, earth and tobacco. Did not hold up to bold food. Label is gorgeous though.
A nice, solid wine featuring a welcoming, earthy nose followed by a hearty but not too rich flavor bearing similar attributes that you would expect from the aromas. There also is a fruit component to the flavor but not an overly strong presence. A good food wine. Enjoy.
Great!! Enjoyed this one with a BBQ beef brisket, some Greek oven-roasted potatoes, and baked beans. It was a great pairing. Dark inky purple/red color. Big fruity nose of black/red fruits with some baking spice. Huge fruit on the palate. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, molasses, and cigar smoke. Great value at $13. The regular Can Blau with the other label is usually $18 in my market and the differences are not that great. The more expensive Can Blau has more smokey elements to it. I would like to buy a case of this.
Told that this 09 Blau is not just a different vintage than the 08 Can Blau I've been enjoying for years, but a totally different wine altogether. Prefer the Can Blau for it's smokiness, but this one is delicious as well. Great wine for the price. Bumped it up 2 points from my last rating. Enjoyed it so much with food, delicious with BBQ beef brisket. Smooth, good balance of fruitiness & dryness. Gorgeous label would help make it a nice gift.
Been a fan of 2008 Can Blau Montsant for a few years. This vintage showed up for $5 less..not sure why, or if the only difference is vintage & label?? Doesn't have the smokiness of the 2008 old friend, more of a meatiness. Great same nose of ripe dark berries, chocolate, richness. Decanted, but still tasted better on day 2. Big deep dark blackberry & cherry, some notes of bacon. May be worth it to cellar for a bit & see what happens.
WOW! This was a super pleasant surprise... for a 2009 I didn't expect such depth and flavor, tasting more aged than it is... so then I have to wonder how much potential it really has at it's peak of shelf life! Go get some, if you can... it's a BIG one so look out!
Decanted for couple hours prior to drinking. There is lots of fruit in this one, but the finish isn't quite as balanced as I would like. The tannis are overpowered by the acidity. Give this wine another 6 months to year and it should come together and be quite good.