Jumilla-Calatayud-Monstant-Almansa-Castilla y Leon-Rueda-Rias Baixas, Spain

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El Nido - Vegan

SKU 260984
Country Spain
Region Jumilla
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC

Colour

Deep purple.

Aroma

Explosive, alluring scents of blueberry, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla bean on the nose.

Flavour

Lush and broad on the palate but juicy and firmly built, with suave candied dark fruit flavours accented by sexy floral and Asian spice qualities. Finishes broad, juicy and impressively long, with echoing boysenberry and spice notes.

Food Pairing

Perfect with grilled ribeye steak, chorizo paella and iberico jamon.

More Info

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Monastrell. The grapes for this wine are made from 12 Ha -29.65 acres- of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards and 32 Ha -79 acres- of very old Monastrell, with a very low yield. The grapes are harvested with small baskets to prevent bruising.

95+ pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Sept/2020

2017 -

"The 2017 El Nido was produced with a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 23 months. This regularly hits the scale at 16% alcohol; it's a ripe, powerful and heady Mediterranean red with generous oak produced in a very specific style that will not please everyone. This is heady and ripe, super powerful with concentration and clout, but in balance. As with the Clio, I feel the integration of the oak is better than ever. Don't get me wrong, this is still generously oaked and ripe. I often describe this as an XXL red but with balance. This has all the ingredients and balance to develop nicely and for a long time in bottle. It has to be one of the finest vintages for El Nido, more Mediterranean than the 2016. 5,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2019."

96 pts

Guía Peñin 2020

2016 -

91 pts

James Suckling, Jul/2019

2016 -

"A big and rich wine with lots of ripe fruit and spice. A little woody with vanilla and coffee character. But shows fruit and ripe tannins. Drink now."

96 pts

Guía Peñin 2020

2015 -

95 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2017

2015 -

"Following the style of the Clio from the same vintage, the 2015 El Nido is a powerful, ripe and concentrated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Monastrell aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 23 months. It's bottled with 16% alcohol, not a shy wine but not one that shows heat, as it keeps the balance in an XL way. It feels concentrated, powerful and young, but the oak is surprisingly more integrated than in the 2014. As it happens with many wines, this is not for everybody, as it has a marked style, but for those who like this profile, this could very well be the finest vintage of El Nido to date. It can be had with powerful food, but it should be better with a few years in bottle. 5,500 bottles were filled in September 2017."

93 pts

Wine Spectator, Web Only 2018

2015 -

“This bold, modern-style red is powerful yet remains balanced, offering currant and blackberry flavors that mingle with espresso, black pepper and mineral notes. The polished texture is supported by full but well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell. Drink now through 2025. 450 cases made.” 

95 pts

Wine Spectator, Aug/2016

2013 -

"Concentrated yet balanced, this rich, modern red is dense and fleshy, with muscular tannins and balsamic acidity supporting the thick texture. Ripe and heady flavors of blackberry, kirsch, currant, anise and dark chocolate mingle. Best from 2018 through 2028. From Spain."

94 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan/2016

2012 -

"(raised in a combination of new French and American oak barrels for two years): Opaque purple. The highly expressive bouquet evokes black and blue fruit preserves, pipe tobacco, candied licorice, vanilla and smoky Indian spices. Lush and creamy in texture, with palate-coating cassis and cherry-vanilla flavors that are enlivened by juicy acidity and zesty minerality. The outstandingly powerful, persistent finish has echoing spiciness and a sexy blue fruit liqueur quality. This suave, deeply concentrated wine is the result of what Miguel Gil told me was "a painfully severe selection."

95 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept/2009

2007 -

"(70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% monastrell) Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched, complex aromas of raspberry, blackberry, minerals, smoked meat and spices, plus a hint of gingerbread. Rich, round and very sweet; packed with black and blue fruit preserve, Asian spice, candied violet and mineral flavors. Velvety tannins add support to the expansive, palate-saturating fruit flavors. The floral and spice notes come on strong on the finish, which is strikingly fresh and very long. Offers a great combination of depth and vivacity."