Sunday, December 18, 2011

Review: **+ $$ Tandem, Ars Nova Red Blend, Navarra, Spain, 2005

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Original Tasting and Review:   

By way of background: Tandem, Ars Nova, is a red blend that hails from Navarra, Spain. The 2005 vintage is finished at 14% alcohol, and is a mix of tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

In the glass: Tandem shows as deep dusty red in the glass, opaque only in the very center. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Spanish red blend carries a deep, ruddy red currant nose, with a powerful alcohol lift.

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are a tangy red currant, supported by light, dusty tannins. The finish runs up your cheeks with bright acidic sparks.

In summary: Overall, a bright red experience, with hints of complexity and depth.  Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a definite plus for potential with aging or decant.  With its brightness, it really seems to want to cut through a tomato-sauce-based meal.

Following long decant, half-day in partially-opened bottle:   Now the nose carries dusty tones too.  The acidity has settled nicely, knitting with the red berries and light tannins.

Updated review,  a year and a half later, December, 2011:  Very consistent color and aromas.  A light mineral streak accompanies the red currants on the palate.  Remains acid-bright and cheery.

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