Friday, March 09, 2007

2004 Espelt SAULO (Emporado, Spain)

A gutsy blend of Garnacha and Carinena (grenache and carignane), but too tannic at present.

Saturated, blood-like black ruby. Medium intensity, deep-toned nose of blackberry liqueur, graphite, and sweet cream. Deep-toned flavors as well, with lots of scorched earth and a tad of cassis. Some chalky tannins and lemony astringency shorten up the finish. Needs a couple of years to drop some of the coarse tannins, and I bet when it does, the finish will lengthen and smooth out a bit. 84+ Was $10 at Central Market.

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