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93
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El Nido 2009 Red (Jumilla)

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  1. $140

Dense, cool and masculine on the nose, this has aromas of prune, cola, tobacco, cheese and leather. It feels silky and soft, showing maximum ripeness and excellent balance. It tastes of ripe berry, stewed plum, spice and tobacco. Complex and classy on the finish; drink now–2017.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2012)
93
points

El Nido 2006 Clio Red (Jumilla)

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  1. $46

Oddly, this is preferable to El Nido’s $140 Cab-heavy fruit bomb. Maybe that’s because Monastrell is the go-to grape in Jumilla, and this is 70% Monastrell and only 30% Cab compared to the opposite with El Nido. All that said, this wine is ripe, approachable and dark, with excellent balance and a fudgy, warm finish of fruitcake and blackberry. Drink now through 2013.

 — M.S.  (2/1/2010)
92
points

El Nido 2009 Clio Red (Jumilla)

  1. $45

Opaque to the eye, this has a bouquet that’s tightly sealed with aromas of oak, tobacco and cola, and a baked, minty note. Saturated but not syrupy, this has roasted, savory flavors of clove, nutmeg, hickory and baked blackberry. It remains roasted, deep and delicious on the finish. This is entirely modern, full bodied and excellent as a whole.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2012)
92
points

El Nido 2007 Red (Jumilla)

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  1. $140

This Cabernet-Monastrell blend tips the scales at 15.5% and asks you straight out: how big do you like your red wines? It is smoky, sultry and massive, with spicy boysenberry aromas, a deep, syrupy palate and plodding flavors of molasses, roasted berry, cedar plank and herbs. Bullish but drinkble now and over the next few years; probably not one for the cellar.

 — M.S.  (5/1/2011)
91
points

El Nido 2007 Clio Red (Jumilla)

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  1. $45

Black fruits, brightness and a friendly sweetness are the aromatic greeting. The palate is intense and thick, with creamy, medicinal berry and molten plum flavors. A little aggressive and minty, but likable and ready to roll. 70% Monastrell with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

 — M.S.  (5/1/2011)
90
points

El Nido 2006 Red (Jumilla)

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  1. $142

There’s no denying the wine’s power and intensity. It’s concentrated like a cement block, with richness, plummy aromas, sweetness and char. But it’s also candied and ultrarich in the mouth, with syrupy flavors of berry extract, cola and chocolate. A heavy wine that shows every ounce of its 15.5% alcohol. Ultimately it’s more sweet and powerful than it is precise…

 — M.S.  (2/1/2010)
88
points

El Nido 2003 Red (Jumilla)

  1. $130

Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell made in a ripe, high-alcohol style results in monster aromas of shoe polish and black licorice. The palate is a wave of chocolate and candied black fruits that crashes into a heavy, ultraripe finish of prune and pepper. A lunker wine with a sweet smile and a big handshake.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2008)
87
points

El Nido 2003 Clio Monastrell-Cabernet Sauvignon Red (Jumilla)

  1. $42

If all you’re after is size, then sign on the dotted line. This blend is a monster that weighs in at 15.5%, so be ready for intensely sweet flavors of grape essence and licorice. To this judge, the wine has a lot of gumption but isn’t what I’d want to drink glass after glass, day after day. It’s lumbering, heavy but oh so sweet and dessert-like.

 — M.S.  (12/15/2007)
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