Sunday, January 22, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $ Este de Bodegas Alto Almanzora, Vino De Mesa, Spain - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: The Este Bodegas Alto Almanzora, Vino De Mesa, Spain, shows no vintage date on its labels. I'm presuming it is 2006 vintage. From searching, I also believe it to be a mix of monastrell, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, merlot, syrah and tempranillo grapes. Certainly a wine that prefers to wrap its heritage in intrigue!

Original review, May, 2009:  Intrigue or not, let's see what it delivers... In the glass, Este is medium deep dusty red. Bright, red fruit aromas laced with oak dust pump out of the glass.

A sweet, furry robe is the first sensation when you sip Este. A touch of candy apple, but more balanced sweet, red currant, softened by a tweedy wrap of silty tannins. Lively, fluffy and full. Finishes sweet with the slightest "twang" of acid. Quite balanced overall, not overplaying its 14 percent alcohol.

Three stars with a plus for joyous accessibility paired with balance and complexity. Not quite the intensity nor complexity to drive it to a four-star choice, which means I would shun all other wines for the evening. Nonetheless, dynamite value at its price.

Updated review, over two years later,  January, 2012:  Perky bright red aromas come to the fore.  On the palate, bright red fruits huddle with solid tannins and bright acids to create a balanced light-red  experience.  Remains a best value.  Following long decant, three days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Funkiness with the red fruits.  On the palate, too much vegetable comes forward; shouldn't decant this long. 

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