Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review: ***+ $$$ Sierra Carche, Jumilla, Spain, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Sierra Carche 2005 was the focal point for a lot of controversy generated by producer Guy Anderson.  We'll give one our own sampling, before deciding.

Original tasting and review : This is Sierra Carche, Jumilla, Spain, 2005, finished at 14.% alcohol, first being tasted a whopping nine years from vintage date.

In the glass:  Mahogany and brick, just opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously after a brief decant, shows very shy nose of light tobacco tea extract with hints of twiggy woodiness.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light, red, leafy and perhaps sweet in feel.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated.  Think red raspberry and tobacco tea, steeped with some dry branches.  The finish comes on with a spread of acids that coat your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, a taut, lightly astringent leafy experience hiding fresh red fruit that rates three easy stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its unusual layers.  Solid for sure, though not touching the generous 96 points originally awarded by Wine Advocate's Jay Miller.  Feels like it has not reached its final maturity date yet, and the increasing auction prices for the wine in recent months and years seems to argue for that point as well.

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