Monday, March 11, 2013

Updated Review: **** $$ Terra Grande Crianza, Almansa, Spain, 2008 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Spanish Crianza's see six months in oak casks.  We'll try one here with a couple years of additional bottle age.

Original tasting and review , December, 2011: This is Terra Grande Crianza, Almansa, Spain, 2008, finished at 14% alcohol.  It is a blend of 50% monastrell (mourvedre), 30% tempranillo and 20% cabernet sauvignon.

In the glass: Deep ruddy red, some bricking at the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows light, bright fruit, some purpleness.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy and perhaps simple.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact surprisingly generous, deep and layered, with chewy black oak and unsweetened caramel.  Some tobacco as it moves to a modest and full finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for depth.  Good value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Consistent nose.  The palate is more expansive and slightly sweeter.  The caramel is more caramel-ier.  Nice chewing tobacco.

Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Consistent color and aromas.  Soft and generous fruit on the palate, still chewy, ripe and big, without being sweet at all. The alcohol seems perfectly poised.  Rich but grainy finish.  Now hits four stars and becomes a best value at five years of age.

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