Thursday, July 14, 2011

2003 Cariñena Gran Reserva

2003 Monasterio de las Vinas Gran Reserva

2003 Monasterio De Las Viñas Gran Reserva, Do Cariñena

It's funny, if Vintages can't find international (ie. American) tasting notes for a certain wine, they'll either scrounge up some local nitwit to come up with a few lines, or better yet, publish notes under the Vintages panel moniker. But then again, I want to be one of those nitwits. Can't possibly be that hard right? Anyways, here's the tasting note they used for this wine:

Deep garnet. Aromas of plums, coconut wax and lipstick follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with cranberry and roasted pepper notes. Finishes with a dusty, tangy tannin fade. Needs a good flank steak. Highly recommended. Score - 88.

Promising, no? If only. That bit about aromas of coconut wax and lipstick is laughable, but just downright sinister if they were being serious. And we all know how seriously wine people take themselves. I don't know who's tasting these wines and writing the words, but that is not that wine. No chance in hell. As a 90% tempranillo, 10% garnacha wine, the Spanish should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. And to have the fucking audacity to label this as a Gran Reserva? Unbelievable. A modern wine in every sense, with loads of oak that doesn't really go away and will never truly integrate. Jammy sweet fruit to complete it all. Interestingly enough, I included the phrase Undignified but not undrinkable - the bottle age has oddly helped settle the wine down a bit.

So what have we learned from all this? That the Spanish are willing to sell their souls to create wines fitting an international ideal of what sells? Or that most self-proclaimed critics are full of shit? In any case, no help to the consumer, and worse, a slap in the face to true winos.


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