Castillo de Monséran, Garnacha Old Vines, Cariñena DO, Spain, 2007, 13% abv, C$16

Thankfully, it’s Friday which means it’s time to sit on the couch and drink red wine.

From some massive vineyards (21,500 ha) in the northeastern hills of Aragon, west of Catalunya, this Garnaxa based Spanish wine is made from 50 year old vines grown between 350-700m and and aged for 6 months in new oak barrels prior to bottling.

The wine is clear and bright with a deep garnet core and quick legs with intense aromas of jammy black currant and blackberry and plum.  Add in some black licorice, tar and baking spice and you have yourself a modern crowd pleaser.

On the palate, it’s dry with medium acidity, soft, ripe tannins, average alcohol and flavour characteristics of the same black fruit from the nose (ripe blackberries, cassis and Damson plums), but turning ever-so-slightly to prunes and raisins.  There are hints of chocolate and even a little green cedar.  The finish is medium.

A solid WSET Good wine – drink now.


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