Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mira Salinas 2006

  • Area: Spain, Alicante
  • Grape: 65% Monastrell, 25% Cab Sauv, 10% Gaernacha Tintorera
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • Rating: Black 93/88 Dilettante 93/87
Description: Yes, we each gave this wine 2 numbers. Before I explain why, let me first describe the glorious wine that was worthy of 93 Eclectic points.

I poured it fresh from the bottle.

Vanilla, saddle leather and just a touch of barnyard on the nose. Full, bold fruit attack with lush flavors of black cherry, blueberry, pan drippings, spice, black pepper and buttery oak. Meaty and beautifully balanced in the mouth. The black currant finish was dry and lingering with a touch of spring mint. Ooo, yum.

Then the air hit it.

Like a Kamikaze pilot, it took a sudden and rapid nose dive. One sip it was great, the next sip it was totally limp. What it gained in fruitiness didn't make up for what it lost in complexity and depth. It was still certainly drinkable, but only worthy of an 87.

Do not decant this wine. Avoid disappointment by pouring it for many and drinking it quick.

Price: $23

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