Caracol Serrano Jumilla Red Blend
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Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of up to 13 different grape varieties. One of those varieties, Mourvedre, is relatively unknown, but provides the indomitable, masculine presence that allows Chateauneufs to live for years, reaching dark, powerful depths that were unimaginable in their fruity youths.
But if you take a journey down the Mediterranean crescent, leaving Chateauneuf and sailing on past Barcelona, eventually you reach Jumilla, home to some of the oldest Mourvedre vines in the world.
The French would quickly point out that Jumilla is not Chateauneuf du Pape. Yet it stands to reason that a vineyard planted to the same grapes, with a similar climate and soil, can produce as good a wine as its neighbor. In fact, I submit that the French may be engaged in a bit of price-protectionism. Not only can Jumilla Mourvedre be as compelling as Chateauneuf du Pape, but it is far less expensive.
And Caracol Serrano, our wine in question today, does CdP one better by blending in other powerful grapes: Cabernet and the Northern Rhone’s Syrah. Here, Cabernet gives the wine a delicious blackberry fruit expression with totally integrated tannic grip on the palate. The Syrah adds a delicious spicy note of complexity. I agree with Wine Enthusiast when they say this mighty Jumilla blend shoots and scores:
Opening with aromas of crème de cassis, kirsch, and blackberries, it seamlessly melds into an incredibly layered palate of blueberries, wet stones and spice box. Like all powerful CdPs, it is muscular, having enough brawn to support its powerful fruit character. At six years old, this powerful beauty is at the perfect point of robust, fruit-driven maximum expression. It’s a slam dunk right from the cork pull – no need to wait in your cellar for it to “come around.” It’s ready to come out and celebrate today!
“90 points. Top 100 Best Buys.
“This wine shows a lot of purity, balance and quality. A ripe, jammy nose is full of blackberry and cassis, while this blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon is big on the palate but jolted by wiry acidity. Flavors of spicy black fruits offer a touch of chocolate prior to a mild finish. This red from southeast Spain shoots and scores.” – Wine Enthusiast