Possibly my favorite vintage of this to date, the brilliant 2009 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio, mostly old vine Monastrell that’s aged in new French oak, boasts awesome aromatics of smoky blackberry and crème de cassis that’s intermixed with notions of roasted coffee, chocolate, mineral, and sweet spice on the nose. Full-bodied, impeccably balanced, and awesomely fresh and focused, this blockbuster has layers of sweet fruit and texture, ripe tannin, and a detailed, clean finish. While no doubt a seriously fruited wine that carries a shine of classy oak, it has real depth, character, and structure. It’s beautiful now with a decant, but should be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink well for a decade or longer. I’m a huge fan and this is all around impressive! 95+
(70% monastrell and 30% cabernet sauvignon, aged for just over two years in a combination of French and American oak; 15.5% alcohol): Opaque purple. Explosive aromas of candied dark berries, cherry-vanilla, incense and woodsmoke, with an exotic floral topnote. Lush and creamy, offering sweet, oak-spiced blackberry and cassis flavors that are given spine by gentle acidity. Dusty tannins make a late appearance and add shape to the long, sappy, alluringly perfumed finish. (JR)
Opaque to the eye, this has a bouquet that’s tightly sealed with aromas of oak, tobacco and cola, and a baked, minty note. Saturated but not syrupy, this has roasted, savory flavors of clove, nutmeg, hickory and baked blackberry. It remains roasted, deep and delicious on the finish. This is entirely modern, full bodied and excellent as a whole. (MS)
The 2009 Clio is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. While the bouquet is ineluctably very oaky, there is clearly sufficient fruit to support it, so it retains freshness and clarity with copious black fruit and a hint of licorice. The palate is soft and plush in the mouth, caressing and velvety with a rounded, sensual, black cherry and sloe-tinged finish that you cannot help but fall for. It certainly disguises its 15.5% alcohol well. While it does not express its terroir, that is not the intention of Clio, and it is a delicious Jumilla red. (NM)
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