2007 Senorio de Barahonda Yecla Carro Tinto Bellum
Spain, Murcia, Yecla
Wine Ministry – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Week 1, Tuesday, Wine No. 2
This is an unoaked Spanish blend of:
50% Monastrel (aka Mouvedre)
This wine is a great bargain for less than $10. It is big, bold, and brash. Decanting will help it stretch its legs a bit – very tight right out of the bottle. As it opened up the nose was full of ripe fruit, cassis, blueberry, peppery spices, and some woodiness – almost like fresh pencil shavings. Multiple layers of deep flavors for a wine of this youth and price: ripe, sweet fruit, mocha, cedar, and smoke. This wine has no hard edges and surprising balance for its youth and its bold 13.5% alcohol. It is an extraordinary value for a wine with this much going on.
$9.99 widely available