Bodegas Alto Almanzora Red Blend Almeria Este 2008
"The 2008 Este is composed of 50% Monastrell, 25% Tempranillo, with the balance Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged for 6 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it reveals a lightly roasted bouquet of black cherry and blueberry, underbrush, spice box, and violets. Supple, sweetly-fruited, and forward, this tasty, friendly effort has no hard edges. Drink it over the next 3 years. Bodegas Alto Almanzora is located in eastern Andalucia at 600-900 meters of altitude on slate and limestone soils. Winemaking is overseen by Rafael Palacios..." WA 04/10 "Dark ruby/violet. In interesting range of aromas that includes barbecue coals, blackberries, black plums, earth, wintergreen, and cigar...shows best with some decanting. 14% alc..." SWJ 09/10
Our ancestors, the first people of Andalusia, lived in these mountains as far back as can be remembered. As did the artist, who many thousands of years ago, created the image that we chose to represent our cellar: A pregnant mare, whose fertility has blessed these fields up to our times. The star of this story: the vine, was here much before man every trod this land.
Decent nose to this garnet colored wine. Chocolate, dark cherry and red berry fruits with spice notes. The round gripping tannins pull the fruit and spice to a juicy acidic aftertaste dominated by the well framed fruit. The aftertaste is medium long just like the body. The mid palate is best, picking up a sweetness to the dark cherry backdrop. If you can find - drink now, not much time left I think. Paul 89 points
Three and a half glasses