La Mancha, Spain
2016 – 15%
Dry – 3.8 out of 5
Acid – 4 out of 5
Winter may be coming in the land of Game of Thrones, but it has slowly been loosening its grip on the Northeast. So, I thought this would be the perfect time to crack open a full-bodied wine. It may be Spring, but it doesn’t quite feel like it yet.
My expectations were high for this bottle, especially since it’s produced by the same winemaker as my number 8 in my top 10. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the standard set by Volver with their Tarim Hill.
I knew before cracking open this particular wine not to expect it to rise to the level of Tarim Hill, but I wasn’t expecting to completely dislike it. On first glance it’s a beautiful looking wine. As well as looking good in the glass, it had a very aromatic nose to it. It has a very robust smell, with hints of dark fruits, chocolate, and spice. I was completely expecting the nose to translate to the tongue, but it left me wanting less of it.
On the tongue, I was really struck with how acidic it was more than anything else. It was too much for my liking and had massive characteristics of smoke and oak. Despite giving this wine plenty of time to breathe both in the bottle and in the glass, it never seemed to open up nicely. Though certainly a very full-bodied tannic wine; I was hoping for its tannins to be a bit smoother, but I was quickly let down.
In all honesty it pained me to find ways to write about this wine. I was struggling to come up with characteristics of this wine that would translate a picture of the beauty wine can present. This wine gave me none of that, it mostly left me with a “meh” feeling. That this producer can make such knock outs as Tarim Hill but miss the target with their single vineyard, is a testament to the difficulty of winemaking.
Value – One Time Buy
Overall – 4.8 out of 10
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