Monte Real Rioja Reserva 2006

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Continuing the Spanish Red theme, this went with the cheese.

Aged for 24 months in Oak barrels and a further 36 months in the bottle this is mellow yet full bodied.

Typical Rioja, 100% Tempranillo from the Cenicero Vineyards.

Superior to the Gran Sangre de Toro we tasted at the same meal.

A Christmas Corporate Gift. The Bodegas Riojanas S.A. Group is a publically quoted group with Spanish and Portugese interests.

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Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva 2009. Miguel Torres. Catalunya

Gran Sangre de Toro 1 (Custom)

I am a big fan of Miguel Torres and his wines and regularly buy Vina Sol and the Coronas table wines.

His Chilean Santa Digna offerings are pretty good too.

So I was a bit disappointed with this Reserva which I found in Dunnes and served at a dinner party.

Deep berry colour, fruity with a slight hint of spice but just didn’t have the complexity going the extra distance for a grand reserve.

60% Grenache with 25% Carignan (Mazuelo) and 15% Syrah

Dunnes: on offer at €12:20

2nd bottle served showed signs of slight oxidation so perhaps it’s approaching / passing its drink by.

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