Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review Notes: Bodegas El Nido Clio, Jumilla, Spain, 2009

By way of background, opening thoughts: Bodegas El Nido calls its high end monastell (mourvedre) / cabernet sauvignon blend by the name "Clio".  Today, we have a chance to enjoy Clio with a holiday dinner.

Original tasting and review : This is Bodegas El Nido Clio, Jumilla, Spain, 2009 , finished at a whopping 15.5% alcohol, reminiscent of some of the liqueur-like Australian shiraz we've enjoyed in the past.

In the glass: Clio is black mahogany, opaque from within a quarter inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, deep blackberry laced with potent eucalyptus and some old school oak.   From the aroma, seems like this will be reach, deep and balanced.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, deep, luxuriously fragrant black cherry fruit, with elements of red vibrancy just poking up from the depths. A soft sheen of light acidity rises from the deep texture to help hold the sip for a very long time in your cheeks.  Bold, full, lush and deep.  Brings hints of clean tobacco and sweet cocoa onto the finish.

In summary: Overall, top of the charts by any scale. Thanks for the chance to enjoy this, Ralph!

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