Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Wine Tasting... Holiday Entertaining, Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este

Wine of the Week
Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este

I recently picked up this wine on the recommendation of my friend at Marlborough Country Roads, to test for an upcoming holiday cocktail party and I must say it is really yummy! It has an interesting complexity, great body, nice fruit, and pairs nicely with hot hors d'oeuvres. Also makes a great hostess gift, and it is under $10.

Tasting Notes:

Powerful aroma , clean, elegant and complicated.
Ranges from flowers (violets), black fruit (blackberry, currents etc) until a touch of dry mountain herbs on a mineral base and toffee.
Lots of red fruit (cherries, blackberries etc), well integrated with the wood (Vanilla, toffee). With volume, good structure, well balanced and rounded. Fruity after tastes, long and very agreeable.

A blend based on 60% monastrell, with tempranillo, granacha, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot.

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