Monasterios de Las Vinas Gran Reserve 2012
Deep ruby with a light pink rim. Floral; dark cherry and blackberry, deep prune body with a bit of pepper and vanilla. Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserve(hereafter known as GR) 2012 extracted yet clean palate of vivid cherry, raspberry, blackberry, spice, pepper, vanilla and chalky tannins. Clean, tasty, floral finish. Clean Finish. Young for cariñena and is a food wine for now. Compared to 2012GR, 2010 RR by now also has deep ruby with a bit of tight, ''terracotta'' hue. 2010GR has similar fruit profit and a bit more minerality, herbaceous with scents of black pepper and dark chocolate. 2012 GR is not as easy to drink than its 2008 GR(the smokey version) and 2006 GR(the Savoury version) by now.
2012 GR vintage awarded WE88. ''Aromas of raw oak, related spice, vanilla and berry fruits lead to a fresh palate that's flavours choppy in feel. With its cherry, raspberry and oak flavours, this blends of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Carignan blend finishes dry, spicy and steady." It gives indeed, as rightly put by Jeb Dunnuck, 'another mouthful of a wine that over-delivers'.
Undisputed the quality/price/rating for little wine from Ebro valley. Some 70% Garnacha, Tempranillo 20% and 10% Carignan combine to recreate a new wine, which ages for 12 months in French oak barrels (Tempranillo and Carignan) and American (Grenache). Twenty-four months of ageing in bottle. All harvested at the end of September from 35 to 45 years-old bush-vines.
Versatile food matching-we would suggest green peppercorn grilled steak, meaty and fatty fishes with fresh soya source, broccoli satay, international cold cuts and hard cheese, lentil burger, and even Cheese and ''General'' Hamburger from McDonald's.