Color: Intense and full purple red color.
Aroma: Expressive, richness in fruit, blackberries, modern fruit driven.
Palate: Good structure, mouth filling, powerful, black fruit and spiciness from Syrah, juicy and fresh. Easy to drink.
Bodegas Carchelo dates from the early 1980's and pioneering efforts to modernize viticulture in what had been a backwater viticultural region. Founding partner Juan Sierva's nearly 700 acres of prime vineyards are widely distributed in the region, at widely varying altitudes and exposures. Varieties grown feature Monastrell (in France Mourvedre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire-trained vineyards) plus Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
|Stephen Tanzer: Inky ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry and plum. Sweet, pungent and ripe, showing strong smoke, mocha, dark berry preserve and herbal flavors on the palate. A supple, rich wine that betrays no tannins or rough edges and finishes with good sappy length.
Decanter: A blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon displaying lively blackberries and spice. Rich and powerful on the palate supported by freshness and elegance and some juicy black fruit characters. A very enjoyable wine. *5 Stars - Top 10 Picnic Wines
|Wine maker notes
|Elaborated separately, these three varieties come together to shape a well structured, concentrated and intensely aromatic blend.
40% Monastrell: La Pinosa Estate
Conveys structure and concentration, while sturdy tannins provide length to the finish.
40% Syrah: Fuente de Las Perdices Valley
Opens up in aromatic exuberance, vitality and expression.
20% Cabernet Sauvignon: La Pinosa Estate
Its delicate aroma imparts superb finesse and balance to this blend.
All three have been separately aged for 2 months in French oak barrels.