Made from 100% Mencia grapes, a varietal that if you haven't heard of, is one you should get acquainted with rather quickly.
Dark red color with explosive grapey-berries on the nose. Rich, focused cherry and black fruit with smoke, raspberries and minerality. Lengthy finish with a backbone.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
90+ PTS A juicy fruit explosion with mouth-watering deliciousness. This wine has strength and finesse. Spain still remains one of the best values in the marketplace. Pick this one up on sale for as little as $12 a bottle.
Grenache based red from Southern France's Languedoc Roussillon region is made by Dave Phinney (Orin Swift's The Prisoner) and famous California winemaker Joel Gott. 15.9% alcohol.
Inky purple-red with blueberry pie on the nose. Dark fruit with notes of blueberry, blackberry, plum, charred oak, and mocha. Brambly, some sweetness, lush grapey richness.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
95 PTS This is a blockbuster wine. Simply awesome. Powerful with elegance. There's complexity here and the whopping alcohol content is integrated fairly nicely. Saturated and full of pure deliciousness. If you love cult-Syrah like Denner, or young fruit forward Chateauneuf-du-Papes, you'll love this CDP-esque wine on PEDs. Retails for $29 and one of the best new wines I've tasted all year.
CHATEAU CROIX DE LABRIE ST. EMILION GRAND CRU - 2007
One of the smallest St. Emilion producers. A garage wine of sorts made from close to 100% Merlot and aged in 100% French new oak. TASTING NOTES: Black fruit, charcoal, oak-char, black cherry, mocha, leather, baking spices. Rich, smooth, elegant with plum notes on the finish. SCORE & RECOMMENDATION: 93 PTS This is a sensational wine with tremendous character and style. Terrific hidden gem of the vintage.
WINE REVIEWS FOR THE EVERYDAY WINE DRINKER: No snobbery, no spit bucket, just honest thoughts on the wines I drink to help you become a smart wine buyer, drinker and enthusiast.
About Me & My Wine
I Am: Winecentric
Wine that started my love affair with wine: 1997 Catena Alta Luca Chardonnay
Wine that most recently impressed me: Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro Douro 2006 (amazing stuff!)
Wine I wish I had in my cellar but don't: Movia reds from Slovenia, 1995 Chateau Musar
Number of bottles in my cellar at all times: About 100
Most exciting wine moment: Meeting Nicolas & Laura Catena at the NY Wine Experience
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