Sunday, March 25, 2007

Rating: **** 2004 Bodegas Antonio Candela Carro Tinto, Spain

Review: This is a Spanish blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Merlot. Visually it is deep, dark, muddy red, moving towards black in the middle of the glass. On the nose is a sort of deep butterscoth overtone, laced with candy-red raspberry fruit - very appealing. On the palate, there is big, burly, bright, mouth-filling red fruit along with the butterscotch, with glycerin coating the entire mouth. An inky, sleek feel. Moderately long finish. Wholly enjoyable. And truly an extraordinary value for price.

For comparison, Rober Parker gave this 89 points and said: "It reveals terrific fruit intensity, copious black cherries and wild mountain berries, and notions of licorice, flowers, roasted meats, and chocolate. With supple tannin, low acidity, and abundant fruit, it is a joy to drink as well as a spectacular value. Consume it over the next 12-18 months. This estate is one of the top discoveries of all my tastings."

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