Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: *** $$ 2005 M-5 Vinos Sin-Ley Monastrell (Araceli Gonzalez), Yecla, Spain

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By way of background:  This is a value priced mourvedre wine from the Yecla region of Spain that has garnered a remarkably high Parker score (92 points) at a remarkably low price point (below $15 U.S.). In Spain, the mourvedre grape is typically called monastrell.  This is M-5 Vinos Sin-Ley Monastrell (Araceli Gonzalez), Yecla, Spain, 2005. 

Original review, October, 2007:

In the glass, this is a lovely deep red/mahogany, with integrated hints of dark purple. The aroma is engaging of dark plums and oak, not pumping out of the glass, but strong and distinct. The palate is where this wine shows the best, bringing a sweet round middle of stewed plums and dark cherry. A little hint of burnt oak. Black tannin finish of moderate length. Three stars out of five.

By comparison, Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate gave this 92 points and said, "The M Series wines are all 100% Monastrell aged in stainless steel. The 2005 M5/Mourvedre from Yecla is the class of these wines. It has a lovely kirsch-scented nose, oodles of fruit, excellent balance, and a long, pure finish. It should be consumed over the next 2 years."

Updated review, over three and a half years later, now six years from vintage date, August, 2011: Color is now a deep muddy brick red, opaque from three quarters inch from the edge.  Aroma is now more of vegetables, cauliflower and broccoli.  Not so promising.  The palate is similarly over-extended, still with some sweet fruit, but that is overwhelmed by the tired, vegetative nature.  This one was simply held too long.

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