Monday, May 7, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Menguante Roble Tempranillo, Carinena, Spain, 2005 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: This is Menguante Roble Tempranillo, Carinena, Spain, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol.  It was aged in three months in oak casks, although this bottle was also aged in the cellar, now five years from vintage date.

Original review, December, 2010:

In the glass: Deep magenta with violet rim.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this tempranillo shows a ropey brightness, with hints of pasta dough. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are bright, peppery rich raspberry with slick even fruit.  Acids bring the finish to your cheeks and teeth, there creating a pleasant and tangy clench. 

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value in a bargain-priced wine.

With long decant, kept cool in partially filled bottle under vacuum:  The nose is more of fruit now.  On the palate, while the flavors have remained consistent, this comes in with stronger balance, a nice husky mellowness offsetting the clearly bright elements.  Definitely improved with the decant.  Even longer decant, another couple of days kept cool in partially filled bottle with no vacuum: Consistent with the prior decant. Holds up well. 
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Updated review, over a year later, May, 2012:  Deep full red, having lost its violet rim.  Softer red on the nose, with hints of vegetable stew.  Growing tired on the palate, now seven years from vintage date.  Muddled fruits and vegetables. 


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