Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: **** $$ Menguante Garnacha Seleccion, Carinena, Spain, 2004 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we are sampling a garnache (grenache) from 80-year-old vines from the Carinena region of Spain.  The maker is Menguante, which produced the tempranillo we sampled earlier, which earned three stars.

Inspired by this wine in August, 2015:  Packing the pipe full of fragrant tobacco, ready to kick back and chat about the deals ahead.

Original tasting and review, March, 2013: This is Menguante Garnacha Seleccion, Carinena, Spain, 2004, finished at 14.% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows deep, lightly oxidized blood red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be consistent with the nine years of age, soft, yielding, flavorful.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very rich and round ripe purple fruit, showing deep sweet blueberry.  Light tannins surrounding the sip, moving to a fairly brisk, but extraordinarily clean close.

In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at nine years of age!

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