Sunday, May 6, 2012

Rating: **+ $$ El Burro Kickass Garnacha, Carinena, Spain, 2006 - Wine Review

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Initial review, by way of background, January, 2011: This is El Burro Kickass Garnacha, Carinena, Spain, 2006, finished at 14.% alcohol.

In the glass: This Spanish red grenache appears deep magenta in the glass, opaque about a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, El Burro shows fresh cherry pipe tobacco on the nose.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are consistent with the pipe tobacco aromas: somewhat bright and fragrant mid-palate cherries and fresh tobacco, with other red berries coming along for the ride - think dilute raspberries.  Perky acids and some still-apparent tannins bright the bright fruit into your cheeks and between your teeth and gums.  Although the flavor fades fairly quickly, the wine clenches in your cheeks for a full minute after the sip.  Interesting, and suggesting that additional bottle time will not harm things.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for character and potential longetivity.

Following long decant, in partially filled bottle, kept cool for two days:    Odd, now the nose is of sweet tomato paste!  The palate has held fairly consistent.  What happened is that everything that suggested tobacco before now suggests the tomato paste.  Suggest enjoying while fresh.

Updated review, over a year later,   May, 2012:  More mahogany than magenta now in color.  Just a hint of vegetable coming through on the shy nose now.  A nice tobacco fruit combines with some mixed vegetables. Soft, but over-aged at this juncture.  Drink El Burro before it hits six years of age. 

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