Red

2003 Finca Sandoval Manchuela

Syrah Blend

  • Spain
  • Castilla-La Mancha
  • Manchuela
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Community Tasting Notes 46

  • R2-D2 wrote: 88 points

    July 27, 2020 - The initial port-like, raisiny, prune, and fig flavors fade away after some air to reveal richly complex aromas dark cherry, cassis, floral, anise, black pepper, candied bacon, burnt toast, and clove. Resolved tannins, astringent black tea dries out the mouth leaving behind an earthy, menthol aftertaste. Aroma complexity surpasses the non-distinctive palate at this point.

  • edjDelray wrote: 90 points

    March 20, 2016 - Still has the signs of a hot year 2003. Huge w volatile acidity and alcohol. It's a little better an hour in. Let's revisit this tomorrow.

  • iamandyc wrote:

    January 23, 2016 - Dense, dark, lots of fruit and earthy. Still going strong

  • grafstrb wrote: 91 points

    August 21, 2014 - -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted non-blind over a few hours --
    -- 80% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 7% Bobal, 4% Tempranillo --

    NOSE: ripe red fruits; hints of mineral and flowers; black cherry and mineral; high-toned aspect suggests this will have decent-to-good acidity on the palate; not oaky or funky; expressive & complex.

    BODY: fine particulate matter present; garnet-violet color of great depth; medium-full to full bodied.

    TASTE: medium acidity; tannins still quite strong; good concentration of fruit --- dark, earthy; medium smoke note; light oak; hint of leather; paired well with steak; not particularly distinctive, but this strikes me as very well-made, and I bet this would continue to improve over another 5 – 10 years; drink or hold; my score may be a touch low.

    50, 5, 13, 16, 7 = 91

  • honest bob wrote: 90 points

    June 25, 2014 - From 75cl, perfect cork, decanted 2 hours. Two years since my previous bottle, this has softened into a beautiful rich blackberry-fruited Syrah with velvety tannins, generous soft glycerine and just enough supremely ripe acidity to keep things lively. Delicious now, will certainly keep (but probably not improve) for 3-4 years. 90P

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2005, IWC Issue #122 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/7/2006 (link) 87 points

    (Finca Sandoval Manchuela) Bretty nose; black fruit, tar palate that tastes a little cooked; medium-plus finish (80% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 7% Bobal, 4% Tempranillo)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Finca Sandoval
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region Castilla-La Mancha
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Manchuela
  • UPC Codes 437003900051, 8437003900051

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 156 (37%)
  • Consumed 262 (63%)

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