Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: *** $$ Altos de Luzon, Jumilla, Spain, 2005 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Jumilla is almost the "comfort food" region of Spain - producing lovely, accessible monastrell and tempranillo red wines that are typically soft and luxuriant, although capable of sitting in the cellar for some time.  Today, we are sampling a Jumilla blend of Monastrell (mourvedre), cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo from the mountains of Jumilla.  This one has cellar aged until its current opening seven years from vintage date.  I reviewed a slightly lower-priced wine from the same region here, back in 2009. 


Original tasting and review : This is Altos de Luzon, Jumilla, Spain, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deeply fruited walnuts and black cherry ink.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, deep and substantial.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rich, full and well-aged red fruits on the palate, feeling like these fruits are just at the peak of their ripeness.  Just enough tannins surrounding the core to provide a furry coating and a moderately lengthy finish.

In summary: Overall, husky, balanced red rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Consistent nose although somewhat more shy.  Still solid red fruits on the palate with bounteous surrounding tannins.  

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