Thursday, February 9, 2012

Updated Review: **** $ Luzon, (Finca Jumilla) 2006, Jumilla, Spain - Review and Rating - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Luzon Jumilla Red Wine is from a family owned winery in the scenic valley of La Hoya de la Carrasca, southeast of Madrid, Spain. The region is characterized by warm days and cool nights, light rain and a chalky, gravelly soil.  This is built from the monastrell (mourvedre) grape.

Original review, July, 2009:

In the glass, Luzon is medium deep red, with magenta highlights right at the edge of the glass.

Aromas are hints of cherry candy, violets and helium, with a wisp of black smoke.

On the palate, the mid-palate comes first into prominence, with a bold, full stone-cherry fruit, somewhat lush with an alcoholic lift. Acids and light tannins mold out the experience, bringing just a light pucker to the cheeks. Finishes a bit hot, but the wine has stuffing to age for a couple more years. Generally works, and I would award three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale.

Available at a bargain price point, the Luzon Red is a best value with its three stars.

Robert Parker awarded 88 points to the 2006 and wrote, "The 2005 Luzon is a blend of 65% Mourvedre and 35% Syrah that exhibits a dark ruby/purple color in addition to loads of blackberry and cassis fruit, good ripeness and richness, decent acidity, and a freshness undoubtedly due to the vineyards’ lofty altitudes of 2,000-2,300 feet. Consume it over the next several years"

Updated review, two and a half years later,  January, 2012:  Consistent color, now the edge highlights are ruby red.  All violets and purple on the nose.  Full, bright red cherries on the palate.  This has picked up depth and stuffing with time.  Raspberry candy comes on towards the finish, which is lingering, deep, both dark and sweet, and not at all cloying.  Awesome four-star red berry experience, now with six years of age since vintage date.  Awesome value. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: The nose is more shy.  The palate too is subdued, but carrying the same layered, clean, red berry and raspberry experience.

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1 comment:

  1. I've had this quite a few times and its a very good value. Jumilla is a relatively unknown region to most, but it is putting out some very good wines these days and is a region to watch. The 2005 Altos de Luzon from this winery is even better. Check it out sometime. This is a great blog - when you get a chance please chck out mine and let me know what you think -