Saturday, April 28, 2007

2005 Carchelo MONASTRELL (Jumilla, Spain)

Had the 2004 of this wine awhile back, and it was very good (and cheap) (link). So's this one.

Crystalline dark black ruby. Nose of crushed rocks, scorched earth, and blackberries swimming in sweet cream. Youthfully tight -- I'm noticing that lots of the 2005s from Spain are like that -- yet soft in the mouth. Filled with balanced, concentrated flavors of dry blackberry extract and high-toned crushed rocks. Lengthy, minerally finish, with some pepperiness and angularity that should resolve and soften in the next year or so. 87+. Good value at about $8-9 at Central Market (I think).


Anonymous said...

I found this information usefull regarding the wine in Jumilla. Beautiful part of the world if you ever wanted to take a vinyard tour:

The Jumilla wine-growing region encompasses a large area in the province of Murcia and Albacete in south-eastern Spain. It is a rugged country, where the vineyards grow on a high plateau surrounded by mountains.

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