Monday, November 26, 2007

2005 Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Garnacha Tintorea

You would think that this wine was made from the Grenache grape but you be wrong. Garnacha Tintorea is another name for Alicante Bouschet (how do I know this? From reading Dr. Deb’s tasting note in Cellar Tracker, as well as being told this by Jill of Domaine547 – otherwise I would have thought it was Grenache).

I also need to point out that this bottle came compliments of Domaine547, gratis as part of an order I had placed. It is listed for $7.99 on their website.

Does this taste like a $7.99 wine? Nope. I was very pleased with this.

The initial aromas were reticent but included strawberry, plum and an earthy, mineral component. After some air time I also sensed something like Dr. Pepper and his distant relative, white pepper.

There was clean, ripe fruit on the entry after which earth and minerals emerged and remained through the aftertaste.

After an hour, the wine became more plummy, and I detected hints of soy and milk chocolate along with a meat juice character.

After two hours the fruit began to fade and the soy, meat and mineral components took over. I’d say this wine was best after airing for 60-90 minutes. This wine is drinking well now and I don’t think there’s any benefit to letting it get any older.

There was quite a bit going on in this wine (it needs a bit of time to air, though) and I enjoyed it. The low price of $7.99 makes it an even better deal; it’s got great QPR and deserves two thumbs up. Thanks, Jill!


Dr. Debs said...

SOY. That was the flavor I couldn't put my finger on. Well done! Glad you liked it. I liked it too, and great QPR!

MonkuWino said...

Thanks, Deb! I find that aromas so easily recognized on their own in their natural state become so difficult at times when mixed together in a glass of wine! Those Le Nez du Vin kits at Domaine547 look really useful..