Jumilla DO, Murcia / Albacete, Spain

This was my first outing with the wines of Jumilla and I have been pleasantly surprised. The key grape in Jumilla is Monastrell, better known as Mourvèdre and frequently blended with Syrah and Grenache. This particular wine purports to be from bush vines grown at altitude and I think that comes across in the tasting note. This wine was tasted blind and made a fine accompaniment to a rich lasagna.

jumilla

Camino de Seda, Selección Especial, Jumilla DO, 2014

Appearance: An intense and dark garnet, clear legs on swirling suggesting high alcohol.
Nose: Subdued on the nose despite time spent in the decanter.
Palate: Unlike the nose the intensity of appearance was mirrored on the palate. Dark fruits dominate, but these are fresh as if the climate is slightly cooler. There are notes of pepper, dark chocolate and coffee beans but again these are green in nature. Whilst this has a high alcohol content it remains in balance. High acidity focuses a medium length finish on this with a splash of minerality.

Conclusions: I got as far as Spain in identifying this but as for Jumilla I was in the dark. It was a welcome surprise to discover a new DO whilst tasting blind and Jumilla would be an region I seek out to try in future.  A intense and tasty wine suited to hearty, rustic meat dishes.

Score: 87/100

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