Monday, November 16, 2009

**+ $$ Joan d'Anguera Planella, 2007, Montsant, Spain - Wine Review and Rating

This tasting was conducted at Eno, a wine and cheese and chocolate tasting restaurant that is based in about half-a-dozen locations across North America. The concept is fairly unique: you build your own pairings of wine, cheese and/or chocolate tastings from a wide assortment. In the case of wines, some 300 to 500 labels are said to be available at different times. In this case, we tasted on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago IL, and focused on wines of Spain.

By way of background: Joan d'Anguera Planella is a blend predominantly made of mazuelo - the Spanish name for carignan. The 2007 vintage hails from Montsant, Spain.

In the glass: It shows as deep, dark burgundy.

On the nose: A full, deep aroma is presented, like you're polishing your leather work boots - very nice!

On the palate: Notes of roots and ripe black stewed fruit on the palate. It shows as sweet in the mid-palate.

And the finish: Light and tannic.

In summary: Solid offering, two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its compelling aromas.

Josh Raynolds of IWC liked this, awarding 90 points and saying, "Vivid ruby. Powerful aromas of black raspberry and blueberry, with notes of licorice and violet adding depth. Chewy dark berry flavors gain sweetness with aeration and pick up a spicy note of cracked pepper. Finishes with solid punch and a strong note of tangy minerality. This will be even better with another year in the bottle."

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