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Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:07 pm


Helsinki, Finland

WTN: 2 x 2003: Spain and Portugal

by Otto » Sat Sep 30, 2006 4:42 pm

  • 2003 Bodegas Castaño Monastrell Dulce - Spain, Murcia, Yecla (9/30/2006)
    Dark red, even a little purple. The nose is primary and fruity with red berries and a slight touch of damp earth, but a little too spirity - the 16% abv shows through. The palate is sweet and tannic and primary, but too alcoholic again. A pity about the alcohol, because everything else about the wine is so nice - especially as a 0,50 l bottle costs only 16€!!
  • 2003 Quinta de la Rosa Douro - Portugal, Douro (9/30/2006)
    I really liked the 2001 of this wine: it was an earthy and bloody wine - personal and lovable. I hope it is only the overly warm year of 2003, but I really do not enjoy this bottle. The nose is totally spoofulated with coconutty oak. Upon opening it was earthy and bloody and bretty (à la Cantillon's Gueuze) and I thought that it would be as good as the 2001. But no. The palate is sweetly fruity, but with drying structure. The redeeming feature is a strange but pleasant mixture of greenness and acidity on the aftertaste which makes the wine fresh and carries the aftertaste to lengths. At 14€ I used to think this a great buy, but now I'll pass. One less affordable wine for me. :(

Posted from CellarTracker

We also drank the Bunan Bandol I reported on here which was probably the best wine of today. But even that showed signs of being from a too warm vintage. Global warming sucks. I guess the loss of good wine is the least of our worries, however.

I've got a little bit of all three left for tomorrow. I hope time heals wounds.

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