Thursday, January 2, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2009 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla

With Christmas falling mid-week this year, and a trip to Chicago planned on December 26, we opted to have our holiday celebration the weekend before.  I had this wine aging for about 2 years - and although it could probably age 5 or 10 more years - it was time to celebrate the holiday in style!

Wine: 2009 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla
Region: Murcia, Spain
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $102.00
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine
Aeration before tasting: Filtered and aerated for about 2 hours.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is not cloudy. Deep, dark purple with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Dark fruit like blackberries or boysenberries. Great chocolate and coffee and spice. I should have opened it a few hours earlier - I think the aromas would only have intensified.
Taste: A nice level of acidity and some big - but not too big - tannins.  

The Grade: I give this one an A.  A nicely balance wine where you can taste the quality of the fruit and the winemaking. The wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon - not a typical Spanish variety, but with some Monastrell in the mix, the two grapes definitely make excellent amigos! It's not easy to put down over $100 retail on a wine, but this one is worth it - just make sure you don't drink the wine too soon, and don't forget to decant!

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