Still young and jumpy, but the ripeness and pedigree of this Penedès bruiser is beyond reproach. It’s big, bold and deep as a mountain lake, with black plum, bullion and a pile of blackberry on the palate. Tons of extract and tannins make this inky, saturated heavyweight a wine to ponder. For fans of forward, beefy reds. Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.
Big in every way, with tons of new oak, popcorn and coffee sitting on top of dark-fruit aromas. Modern despite its incorporation of several indigenous grapes, this blend delivers a blast of roasted black cherry and plum flavors in front of a resiny finish that’s dripping with menthol and molasses. Unique if a touch syrupy; it’s clearly shooting for the modern style.
Roasted and leathery upon first impression, with a juicy, mildly astringent palate that’s full up with tannins. Tastes baked and leathery, with herbal accents running alongside roasted berry flavors. Tannic grip rises up on the finish, which is clampy and hard but offers sturdy support to what is ultimately a pedigreed Catalonian blend.
As long as the price keeps creeping up on this wine, we’re happy to say that the quality seems better and the oak level lower than in past years. This version of Milmanda offers roasted corn, walnut and other smoky, barrel-based aromas. Throughout the fruit is shy but the mouthfeel and oak are smooth. Finishes with a blast of white pepper and toast.
Modern in terms of its forward oak, extraction and deep color. The nose is packed with charcoal, tobacco and pepper, while the fresh, forward palate pushes cherry cola and baked fruit. Firm tannins, however, close it down, leaving a clipped finish and the perception of only moderate depth. Decant to get best results.
The wine sounds pretty impressive: It’s comprised of local Catalan grape varities Monastrell, Garnacha Tinta, Garró, Samsó and Cariñena, which are all grown at Grans Muralles, a single vineyard that dates back to the Middle Ages. And very good it is, though it doesn’t taste as singular as its heritage suggests. Black plum and cherry notes are couched in brambly…
The nose on this Cabernet-Merlot blend starts out hard and tough, but with airing you’ll get licorice and black-fruit aromas. It’s a bit narrow and tannic on the palate, with lots of grab to go with flavors of molasses, blackberry and coffee. The finish is angular and short.
Milmanda is 100% Chardonnay from Catalonia, but this vintage is a touch flatter than previous years. The nose is nice, offering spring flowers, vanilla and nutmeg. The flavors lean toward tropical fruit, especially banana. The warm finish is where you first catch some spicy oak. Too bad it isn’t more lively.