Producer: Jorge Ordonez Group
Region: Spain>Castilla y Leon>Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
Date tasted: 7/7/14
Place tasted:I was watching the ants moving around on concrete by my home where the 94 degree sunlight beat down on their freshly built domiciles. They seemed unaffected by the heat and in fact pretty happy about the whole thing. I guess that's where the expression 'happy as an ant' came from. Anyway, I couldn't help but wonder as I slowly chewed my wine from a nice shady vantage point, do ants sweat?
Served with: Mint Crusted Rack of Lamb (on smashed potatoes), which was easy to make and so good I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It is an excellent choice with this wine.
Appearance: Like the naked silhouette of a beautiful woman dancing freely and draped in violet silks, almost completely hidden in the inky black night.
On the snoot: The scent of a chiseled hot sweaty man picking the blackberries he found growing near an old abandoned railroad track...
in other words, berry, testosterone and creosote, a heady, provocative cologne.
Taste: Ripe black current warms in layers of licorice spice nutmeg and peppercorn softened by herby catnip. Finish darns a long flowing gown of tannin with the sticky patina of tobacco and soft oak.
Balance: Robust body and long legs that show great enthusiasm as they go running down the sides of your lucky glass. Kind of hot out of the bottle so let her breathe for a couple of hours after opening so the flavors can warm and blossom. Tempered acids, almost no residual sugar, and a plethora of warm fuzzy tannins make for a firm, balanced structure.
Comments: She's full of character with many layers of flavor that compliment one another beautifully. My first impression was 'wow, this reminds me of Pinotage', which is one of my favorite wines. With all that tar and the dirty trolls feet, it was love at first taste.
Rating: 4 euphoric tipsys