Sweet on the nose but also a little green, with minty aromas of herb mixed with blueberry. It feels typically tannic and tough, with roasted blackberry and chocolate flavors. The finish is tannic, with spicy, chocolaty flavors that last for quite a while. Drink now. USA Wine West.
Toasty oak and hickory aromas are the primary greeting, with licorice, pastry and blackberry notes underneath. It feels saturated and chewy, with full-scale berry, prune, chocolate and mossy flavors. It’s dense on the finish, with smooth tannins and heft.
You wouldn’t call this wine “clean and polished.” It has some old country brett along with fig, earth, mushroom and liqueur on the nose. That said, it’s dishing up heavy servings of chocolate and baked berry pie flavors. A big, bulky wine that’s already losing clarity. This won’t be for everyone.
This, the “second wine” from Gago, has less depth than its big brother, but greater overt appeal in many ways—a scaled-down version of similar elements. Decidedly more accessible, it’s lighter, shows more fruit and wears less oak. On the nose, the dark fruit displays a creaminess and a faint lavender note that offsets the classic Tinta de Toro meat and earth. Round…
A new wine from François and Jacques Lurton and partners Michel and Dany Rolland. It’s expectedly dark, with exotic spice aromas, stewed stone fruits, and a certain sauciness to the nose. Very dense and textured, with plum, blackberry and fudge flavors. Finishes thick but short, with some bitterness at the end.
Good and fruity, with smoky oak and a ton of natural and barrel-aided spice. Solid black cherry and raspberry flavors sit at the core of this fast-maturing Tempranillo, while racy acidity keeps it fresh and healthy. Notes of cedar and cinnamon are pleasant. Drink or hold through 2008. Imported by 57 Main Street Wine Co.
A touch heavy, but not nearly as weighty and syrupy as this winery’s ’03 Excelencia. At 14%, it’s a bit raisiny and blustery, but the dark plum and coffee flavors do manage to please. And the finish is full of chocolate and fudge-like residue. Big but fun; ready to be drunk now.
Molasses, saddle leather and black olive aromas add complexity and masculinity to the bouquet, while flavors of black cherry, roasted plum and vanilla fit correctly into the wine’s meaty, firm style. With obvious oak and raw tannins, this wine is still kicking and should drink well for another three to five years.