Saturday, April 28, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Vinedos de El Seque Alicante, Spain, 2005 = GOOD VALUE

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Initial review, by way of background, January, 2011: This is Vinedos de El Seque Alicante, Spain, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol, a blend of 80% monastrell, 10% syrah and 10% cabernet sauvignon, aged almost six months in French oak.  .

In the glass: Deep ruby red, opaque about an inch in.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Spanish red blend shows a sweet, deep, mulled red and black berry fruit. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a full and balanced mid-palate full of fruit and lightly-coated tannins, quite red in tone with a darker deepness. 

In summary: Overall, this has held up nicely to several years of age, still showing fruit, grace and some layers.  Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, one day in partially filled bottle at room temperature: Nose is even more muddied, gone a bit funky.  The palate broadens out, layering the tannins in like velvet with the fruit.

Updated review, over a year later,  April, 2012:  Consistent color and aromatics.  Full, aromatic and expansive on the palate, at its peak now, seven years from vintage date.  Shows deep black raspberries layered with tannins.  Gains a plus on its three stars, making it a good value. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Rushed over-the-top with too much oxidation on the nose and palate.  If stored, drink right from the bottle now!

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