El Nido is a joint venture between the Gil family (Finca Luzon, Juan Gil) and the Australia winemaker, Chris Ringland. The 2006 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from 29 year old vines and 70% Monastrell from 64 year old vines and sees 26 months in new French and American oak barrels. Offering up a decidedly ripe, decadent bouquet of blackberry, cassis, coffee, oak and smoke, this is a slutty, full bore wine with full body, huge texture, sweet fruit and a long finish. The only nit would be that it’s slightly soft on the palate and lacks a little edge. I’m not complaining though and loved it.
The purple/black 2006 Clio is composed of 70% old vine Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 26 months in new oak. It offers up a super-sexy nose of underbrush, incense, lavender, blueberry muffin, and black currant. Voluptuous and creamy on the palate, this loaded, well-balanced wine is a total turn-on. For those who prefer their flavor in moderation, look elsewhere. (JM)
(70% monastrell with 30% cabernet sauvignon) Deep, bright ruby. Powerful aromas of blackberry, blueberry, smoky herbs, potpourri and Asians spices. Weighty dark berry flavors display a liqueur-like depth, with zesty minerality providing lift and velvety tannins adding support. Manages to be large-scaled and lithe at once, finishing with real cut and clarity. This seamless wine is delicious now, and I'd be inclined to drink it young for its alluring, vivacious fruit. (JR)
Oddly, this is preferable to El Nido’s $140 Cab-heavy fruit bomb. Maybe that’s because Monastrell is the go-to grape in Jumilla, and this is 70% Monastrell and only 30% Cab compared to the opposite with El Nido. All that said, this wine is ripe, approachable and dark, with excellent balance and a fudgy, warm finish of fruitcake and blackberry. (MS)
Oak scents of vanilla and coconut lead into generous fruit flavors in the middle of this wine. Candied cherry and fig notes fill the enormous structure. Untamed, this wine needs at least another three years to meld.
This plush, modern red is brimming with plum, black cherry, cola, licorice and spice flavors, fresh and vibrant, with firm, well-integrated tannins and a spicy finish. Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon. (TM)
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