Saturday, November 13, 2010

*** $ Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain, 2007 - Wine Tasting & Review (BEST VALUE)

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Original Tasting and Review, opening thoughts: I've enjoyed the 2005 and 2008 vintages of Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain, in the past.   

By way of background: This 2007 vintage is finished at 14.% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep dark magenta, opaque in the center. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a (unintended) lengthy decant, this Jumilla red shows an alcoholic helium nose. Not much fruit or other character coming through - may have been a result of the several-hour decant.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a full, still dark and tannic middle, fruit and acids ringing in on the edges, bringing blackberries as the primary note.  Feels young, but does not feel like it wants more decant time.

In summary: Overall,  just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  It nudges to three stars based as much on confidence for the future as on proof in the present.  Once again, a best value.

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