My notes on the *%#&@! :
Slightly murky dark burgundy colour. Nose is dark, intense, a little bitter. Dark fruits, spice, earth, leather.
Surprisingly fruity! Intense black cherry, and some berries too - strawberry, blackberry. Jammy, almost, but very bright and bold. Quite hot, but bearably so. Medium bodied with decent tannins and good acidity lends a pleasant tartness. A bit heavy on the oak (this wine's greatest flaw), though it balances the fruit & provides some structure. Finish lingers nicely with lots of spice (clove, black pepper, allspice), leather and dirt.
My notes on the Tempranillo:
Visually: Deep, dark almost black and opaque purple-plum colour. No legs.
Sniffed: Very dry, rather tannic and acidic too - reminds me a bit of a Chianti. Hot.
Tasted: Surprisingly bright, fruity, almost juicy. Ripe cherry - not black, more like a medley of lighter and Bing. This is not dried or overripe fruit, but perfectly lush. All the fruit and some spice and leather hit at first, followed by a drier, more acidic finish that lingers a bit hotly and spicily. The initial flavour and finish are like two distinct layers; each relatively simple, but in sequence they make this a very interesting and enjoyable wine. I'm not sure I would but it again at this price point, though - it didn't really blow me away.
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