Following the blockbuster Jumilla El Nido Clio that we tasted with our steak dinner the other night, I selected another Jumilla red blend at Friar Tuck's to try with carry out beef rib dinner back at the hotel. Some merchants list this label at $35 while others have it at $15 and under so caveat emptor. Split the difference and this is a decent value - at $15 its a great value high QPR for instant gratification. Drink it with hearty food.
From the Jumilla region in Spain, known for producing ripe, intense, full flavored Monastrell based reds, Crápula Gold 5 blend bursts with fruit and spice anchored by classic Monastrell earthiness.
A little brother to the big El Nido we tasted the other night, this is another Monastrell-Syrah (50%:50%) blend, also known as Mourvèdre and/or Mataró, as in Mourvèdre which is the 'M' in GSM, the popular blend of Genache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, from the Rhone River Valley as well as South Central Australia.
Dark inky garnet color, medium-full bodied, firm concentrated core of structured black fruits with a complex layer of tobacco, spice, vanilla and graphite, turning to red fruits with hints of blueberry and mocha, on lingering moderate tannin finish.
RM 90 points.