Pouring deep ruby red, with the aroma of plum and blackcurrent. Smooth from start to finish, the body expands to reveal more plum and black fruit flavours, with a growing warmth of spice notes that lingers nicely at the finish.
This wine is marked as being able to be drunk on its own, but I think the fullness of body and the evolving spicy tones make this a much better wine when enjoyed with food. This is a wine that offers real value for money.
The Cariñena DO is located well south of the River Ebro, north-east of Calatayud in northern Spain. The region is one of the oldest demarcated appellations in Europe, having been awarded DO status in 1932. The majority of Cariñena’s vineyards are located at relatively high altitudes, scatterred along the plains of the Ebro river, extending up to the slopes of the Sierra de Algairén mountain range.
The region’s climate has extreme seasonal and daily temperature variations, although a cold northerly wind – the ‘Cierzo’ – helps to moderate summer temperatures and keep humidity low. This, along with the diurnal temperature variation, assists in imparting the characteristic intensity to the local grapes.
|Occasion:||Spicy Meat, Lamb|