Popped and poured; consumed over a 24 hour period. This is my third experience with Massaya but first with the Silver Selection (the previous two were with the separate vintages of the Gold Reserve which I found quite nice wines indeed). This bottle was a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Cab. Sauvignon and Mourvedre; listed respective of their prominence in the blend. Bouquet seemed a bit muted...some muddled fruit and a touch of oak...maybe some freshly oiled ball glove too. I picked up mixed forrest fruit and a little bit of spice...but I found this to be a fairly simple wine. Not to say that I didn't enjoy it. Decent acid...should be quite nice with a meal. No heavy expectations, just looking for a decent bottle and it delivered that.
The 2008 Silver Selection is a tremendous effort. Sweet red and blue fruits as well as toasty oak waft from the glass. Blueberry and blackberry fruit on the attack to finish with stiff upright tannins that are a tad overbearing right now. However, the tannins are chewy and suggest longevity and quality. This wine has potential and is worth following for at least five years.
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