Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005
This is a lovely little wine with ripe fruit scents that waft from the glass, uncomplicated but fresh and pure. The palate is soft and enveloping with sweet red fruit tones, good acids and just enough tannin to give this some weight in the mouth. While this veers off into fruit bomb territory it's such a small fruit bomb that you can't help but like it. Try this as a counterpoint to deep, spicy dishes. 87ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Flavium Bierzo Crianza
This is a lovely little wine with ripe fruit scents that waft from the glass, uncomplicated but fresh and pure. The palate is soft and enveloping with sweet red fruit tones, good acids and just enough tannin to give this some weight in the mouth. While this veers off into fruit bomb territory it's such a small fruit bomb that you can't help but like it. Try this as a counterpoint to deep, spicy dishes. 87pts
The beauty of this little number is the value. It is a really nicely balanced wine that comes in at right around $10 per bottle. It is medium garnet in color and a nose that shows black cherry, fig and dates. There is a hint of alcohol in the nose, not unexpected at 12.5% ABV. On the palate you get a medium bodied wine that only offers hints of black cherry and date and which leaves a lingering aftertaste of an apple. There just a bit of acidity and a touch of tannins, just enough to brighten up this wine. All in all, this is an excellent wine, something that will easily pair with pork or a pasta dish. There’s just enough fruit to make it a nice sipper as well, something the Ms Cocktail was quick to note.
2005 Flavium Crianza Bierzo – Nose: my nose isn’t in top form today. Hector claims cherries, but I think it’s a darker fruit, Palette: oak (makes sense with the Crianza appellation), a dry wine (via nose test), heavier than the Chianti, but not as velvety as the Givry, medium-bodied, Finish: a little spicy, but not as much the Garnacha (yet noticeable and holds its own, my commendations), light to medium tannins, taste fades rather quickly (Hector: pink erasers…not my thing, sorry) Lamarr: B-, 82.8 (but solid considering it’s around $10.00) Hector: B- (did not like it at all, but better than Pinot Noir) Alastor: B- (do not like the affect it has on my glands (Lamarr: it does have some acidity, nice catch Alastor))
Blue fruit on the nose. Simple and quite uncomplicated this offering rolls over the palate with a soft, fruit forward, licorice and wildflowers bent. The tannic structure borders on the delicate and provides a seductive, mesmerizing quality though there is an absence of depth and a quite short finish. Not the price for quality equal of La Mano Mencia Robles (of the same D.O. or region ), this wine is still an outstanding example of what a Bierzo wine has in store for those who come calling. 88.
This is a very nice Spanish wine with a nice bit of spice to it. It's perfect for what I bring for a "picnic wine" or other outdoor gathering events. It's simple, drinkable, and seems to please everyone.
Pleasant, very drinkable but lacking in complexity and maturity. Medium body, medium balance between acidity and sweetness. Perhaps this wine will improve with a few years the cellar.
This is an excellent $10 bottle of wine. It completely surprised me how smooth it finished, I frequently buy cheaper wine so I usually expect the bitter drawn out after taste. Definitely worth a try if money is an issue!!
External Reviews for Flavium Bierzo Crianza
This bargain wine from Spain is loaded with dark fruit flavors and soft tannins. 90 points from The Wine Advocate.
A striking rendition of the Mencia grape. Glorious plum and blackberry scents lead the charge and on the palate you'll also find bittersweet chocolate, and a gentle oaky-woodsy note. Plush and weighty with a finish that just won't quit.
A great discovery, this spicy Spanish red scored 90 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and it's easy to see why. It's bursting with ripe fruit and zesty flavors from the unique Mencìa grape variety. Bierzo in NW Spain is an old wine region that's getting new life as vintner's rediscover the great potential of this unique grape variety and microclimate. Enjoy it now with meat dishes, cheeses and spicy foods. <small>not sponsored by or affiliated with The Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate or International Wine Cellar </></small>