Wednesday, March 18, 2009

**** $ La Huella de Adaras, 2004, Almansa, Spain - Review and Rating

Review: La Huella de Adaras, 2004, Almansa, is another value-priced offering from Spain. As seems fairly typical of Spanish value wines, this is a blend: tintorera, monastrell and cabernet sauvignon. From 2004, this has aged about four years in bottle.

In the glass, La Huella de Adaras is deep, dark red, with some orange bricking right at the rim. Aromas are still ripe, spicy, deep plum in nature, lifting from the glass.

The sip brings a big round, perfumed flavor to the middle of the palate, spinning violets, rich plums and figs off in various directions. Outstanding depth, concentration and rich texture on a silky platform that comes to a slow, very pleasant fade. The time in the bottle has been well-spent. This is ready now, but would not be harmed by another year or two of storage.

I would stay with La Huella de Adaras for an evening without making a change, so that is four stars on the Spirit of Wine scale. Awesome value, especially given its very attractive price.

Wine Advocate like this too. Jay Miller awarded 89 points, writing, "Purple-colored, it offers up pure aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and black currants. On the palate it is plush, ripe, and sweet with nicely concealed tannins. It has a pure, 30 second finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next 3-4 years."

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