For a basic, broad-framed Cabernet from Central Spain, this wine does the trick. The nose sports leather, Balsamic vinegar and some barnyard, while the dark-fruited palate is edged by licorice, tobacco and a smack of green. Good size and tannins keep it balanced.
Oily on the nose, this has a distinct whiff of matchstick and popcorn. It feels dry—like almond skins—with oily flavors of walnuts and white fruits. The finish is marked with a mild bitterness as well.
Light pear aromas, mild citrus flavors and some lasting acidity is all this over-the-hill wine has left. It’s maderized, browning and flattens out badly on the finish. On life support and heading downhill.