This wine is a varietal bottling of the native Prieto Picudo. And you know what? It’s plenty good and very nicely balanced. Early aromas of coffee, subtle curry and tobacco let you know you’re not dealing with something generic. And the forward black-fruit palate has grip, good tannins, chocolaty nuances and persistence. Estay is definitely worth a go if you’re…
Much like the Durius Tempranillo-Merlot blend, this Syrah is made in a well-oaked, international style. The fruit is forward and lush, and the oak is spicy, sweet and leans toward cinnamon and vanilla. Grapey and ripe across the palate and then toasty, peppery and chocolaty on the finish.
Meaty and composed, with an earthy nose that carries plenty of dark fruit and minty herbal accents. The palate shows clarity and density, but it’s a touch gritty, hard and tannic. Flavors of cola, blackberry and burnt toast are masculine, while the finish is also kind of crusty and dark.
Mauro will always show you a lot, but frankly this 2005 seems soft and chunky. It has rich, baked, black-fruit aromas and then a mildly syrupy palate with huge blackberry and cassis flavors. The finish is wide and rich, but where are the tannins and structure that this wine is known for? Drink now for best results; it may not improve in the cellar. A Europvin…
What a monster this is. Aromas of roasted meat, compost, leather, berry and plum give it a rugged bouquet, while the superripe palate is big as sin and loaded with ultrasweet blackberry, soy and peppery flavors. Succulent, chocolaty and dark, it’s like an earthquake in your mouth. Expensive for what you get, and recommended solely for fans of huge, modern wines…
Big, extracted and clumsy on first blush, with raisin and prune preceding chocolate on the nose. The palate is big and tannic, with chocolate and baked berry flavors. Finishes full, toasty and grabby, with mocha and vanilla. Drink now through 2012.
Compact and condensed, with aromatic subtlety that suggests maturity. The palate is still fairly juicy and tight, with core intensity and surrounding flavors of black plum, berry and spice. Complex and tasty, but probably at its peak level; drink now.
Big and forward on the bouquet, this has loud, fiery black-cherry and berry aromas. Like most Lurton wines of Spanish origin, El Albar is chewy and ripe, with a syrupy feel and flavors of blackberry, stewed plum and spice cake. The finish is chocolaty, beefy and concentrated.