Carchelo is at its best in this vintage. This is loaded with wild blackberry and leathery sass, too. Typical of Jumilla, it’s big, saturated and packed with ripe berry flavors, jabbing tannins and warmth. A true hot-climate country wine but one with polish and pizzazz.
This has become a popular by-the-glass wine, and deservedly so. The color is pure, the nose a nice mix of leather, earth and dark but healthy plum and blackberry. Hails from a hot climate, but shows balance via bright acidity and firm tannins. Finishes with a fat, spicy finish. A country wine but a good one. Imported by Classical Wines.
Call this chunkster Midnight Madness and you won’t be off course. The wine is black in color and just as black on the nose and in the mouth. Cassis, asphalt and molasses aromas are a good prelude to chewy blackberry flavors. The palate and finish are both soft and meaty, with velvety tannins. Drink soon.
A blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre and Merlot that’s young, big and burly. The sweet and gamy spice on the nose is inviting. Pure power jolts the palate, but the finish is surprisingly mild and clean. A wine for early drinking, it is what it is: a rambunctious country wine with a lot of sun-driven flavor.
Dryly fruited, this light and flavorful Monastrell (aka Mourv¡edre) blend is a winning, easy drinker. Clean and direct, with dry cherry licorice and mineral shadings, it’s a simple and satisfying mouthful, great for patio dining with lighter grilled foods. Best Buy. —M.M.
Will this wine shed its baby fat and awkardness, or remain an oaked-up, clumsy, tannic wine? Time will tell, but for now the oak and glycerin sit on top of the gamy, red-berry fruit like an angry Sumo wrestler. Subtlety is not something you will find; instead focus on the driving, robust flavor profile.
Young and candied, with more zip and zest than sophistication. It’s a five-grape blend dominated by Monastrell, and it pours forth with raspberry, blackberry and also some plump, buttery oak that may or may not be pleasing, depending on one’s taste. It’s fairly simple and the finish fades fast.