Saturday, March 21, 2009

** $ Castel del Remei, Gotim Bru, 2004, Costers del Segre, Spain - Review and Rating

Review: The Castel del Remei, Gotim Bru, from Costers del Segre, Spain, is a blend of 50% tempranillo, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% garnacha (grenache), which was aged in oak for 10 months. We are tasting the 2004 vintage, so this has aged just a few years in bottle.

In the glass, this is deep, even red with a general orange cast. On the nose, there is a rusty citrus element, distinctive and deep, harboring an undercurrent of ripe plum. On the palate, soft - almost overripened - tannins touch the top of the mouth, moving solid mature fruit along. Not quite as hot as the 14% alcohol might imply, but the touch of heat does come on at the modest finish.

No more time left to age this wine - it is ready to drink today. Two stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale - I enjoyed it but would not feel compelled to find my way to another bottle. I would recommend finding a vintage that is within three years of the consumption date.

Wine Advocate awarded 90 points, saying, "This is a rich, opulent red and startlingly good value for money. It spends 10 months in American oak barrels and can be slightly harsh in its youth, but with just a few months in the bottle it loses its rough edges and the huge jammy fruit qualities come through."

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