©2008 digital image by Dave Trieger
Starting off with my favorite pick from the 25 plus wines sampled at the Murcia Tasting at the Astor Center this week, from Jumilla, Spain comes this wonderful blend of 95% Monastrell (the lynchpin grape of the region) and 5% Merlot. It is aged in French oak barrels for 9 months and the result is a ruby red with a nose of ripe fruits, intense violets and fresh herbs. And I mean intense.... I could almost see the violets. On the palate are powerful meaty flavors contrasting with a pretty, balanced and velvety finish that remains full on the tongue for a good long while.
The tasting was led by Fernanado Gurucharri, President of the UEC (Union Española de Catadores, The Spanish Union of Winetasters)
More about the event and other tastings to come.