$5.99 for a jammin' bottle o' red! Loads of spicy-dusted blueberry, leather & tobacco notes... wow, put's California lookin' like... greedy yeah
I tasted the 2003 (which Wine Spectator gave a 93!) made of: 30% Cariñena, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, and 5% Merlot! This is a fabulously uncommon wine in a great value category for those not able to afford the Vall Llach or Clos Erasmus in a Priorat. It is equally rare to have a wine with such a significant amount of Carignan/Cariñena in it, that is from old enough vines and interesting enough terroir, to derive a wine of such character by their use. I discerned from this medium-ruby juice; a nose filled with dusty cocoa powder, allspice, aromatic Mediterranean woods and this distinctive primary scrub-steppeland broom, (and just barely sooty) which is so beguiling! On the palate in addition to the lovely sweet ripe dark red fruits, cassis, liquorice, blueberry, with subtle nuances of pepper, allspice, balsam, tar, and hints of lactics,.. there was that same scrub-steppeland broom with crushed-rock minerals as well! Don't decant this baby! That "dust from the earth" bouquet blows away in about 20 minutes, and those luxurious tannins soften out those complex sooty minerals in the palate after about 40 minutes. (Some might prefer that, but I prefer what you can't get in many other wines) So I'd Vacu-Vin this one now after each pour, or Drink up! I'd give it between a 94 and a 97, honestly depending on my demeanor at the time, and/or the food pairing in front of me. Rack of Lamb with a currant-cassis demi-glace, olive oil & herb-roasted baby red potatoes & garlic cloves, a caesar salad and a very dark chocolate mousse, for a Sunday afternoon dinner was the 97!
Amaazing juice for the duckets! Loads of blue and black fruits, earthy minerals, spicy herbs, light little candied citrus peel finish. This is truly a Great medium bodied red that works with everything except salad, and seafood.
...and 97% of the populus would not be able to do more than guess which was which in a blind taste test! Of course, "gansta rappers" with gold chains on MTV don't allude to it's status of having enough "benjamins" to waste on it so... yeah. What can one say except; it IS dry, it does NOT go well with your thanksgiving meal (unless you don't want to taste the wine much at all), and Mimosa's, while yummy, do not constitute "tasting" this terrific sparkler. It is simply an AMAZING value, and THEE answer to saving a bundle on your wedding reception (or any gala event), while still serving a GREAT sparkling wine. Personally I prefer Krug to Cristal anyday for a $250 Champagne (that someone else is paying for), Perrier Jouët NV (if I'm OKay with $30 for the impression made with a "true" Champagne) and the Segura Viudas Heredad Cava NV (also from Espain) for a best value (@$15) but at $5.99 (Cost Plus World Market)! WoW! How can they do it!? Gracias España!