An exploration of wine

658. Bodegas Guelbenzu, Lautus Ribera del Queiles VdlT, 2004

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Book 4 Wine 658

£36.99; 14%

A somewhat random purchase from Wimbledon Wine Cellars, after my last guitar lesson. I thought I’d see what New Spain has to offer. Overall overpriced, even though it’s a well-made wine – subtle, alongside modern. Deep garnet, with a narrow rim. Intense, secondary oak-led nose: cinnamon, coconut shavings, toasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder hints, blackcurrant, hints of dried red cherry, vanilla and graphite. Initially quite rich, soft-edged, full-bodied, dark fruit feel. But actually has nicely squared-off, ripe-but-firm tannins and quite savoury, smoky mid-palate, then through to a medium-acidity, slightly grippy finish. Hint of mineral undertow.

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