Wine Review – 2007 Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserva

2007 Monasterio de la Viñas Gran Reserva Wine BottleA layered Spanish red blend at an outstanding price…

Name: Monasterio de la Viñas Gran Reserva

Vintage: 2007

Producer: San José de Aguarón

Region/Country: Cariñena, Spain

Grape Varietal(s): Grenache, Tempranillo, and Carignan

Consumed: At home

Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at the LCBO based on the blend

Cost: $17.95 CAD

Bottle Presentation: A simple, monochrome and monastic label that comes across as somewhat serious. You might need your reading glasses to make out some of the text.

Appearance: Medium ruby red.

Nose: Medium, layered nose, with dark plum, dark cherry, leather, grilled meat, black licorice, and sweet, smoky notes.

Taste: A dry, light-to-medium bodied blend, with high, drying tannins and a high degree of acidity. Primary flavours included sour cherries, cranberries, leather, white pepper, and graphite.

Finish: A long, sour finish.

Overall Impression: An interesting, layered red blend from Cariñena, Spain. We particularly enjoyed the complexity in both the nose and mouth, as well as the long, sour finish. This wine would pair nicely with grilled meats and hearty dishes, especially during cooler times of the year. At less than $18 CAD, it represents outstanding value for the money. We would definitely drink this Gran Reserva again, but given its high acidity, we might wait a few more years to give it additional time in bottle to see how it evolves.

Rating (from 70 to 100): 88/100

Value: 4.5/5

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