Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: ***+ $$ Baron de Magana, Barillas, Navarra, Spain, 2003 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here is a cabernet sauvignon-predominant blend from the well-regarded Navarra region of Spain, a full decade old!

Original tasting and review : This is Baron de Magana, Barillas, Navarra, Spain, 2003, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Still deep magenta, despite 10 years of age, opaque from about an inch in.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep black/red fruit, a touch of dry aged caramel and hint of spice.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep, perhaps lightly oxidized, rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full and balanced on the palate, not sweet at all.  Shows tannins in synch with very dry plum and blackberry fruit. Despite 14 months in mostly new French oak, very little of the oak comes through, except perhaps in the tighter, dry tannic structure.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for its sedate and elegant balance after all these years. Good value.

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