Monday, December 6, 2010

Altos de Luzón, 2003

Bodegas Luzon produces wines from the Jumilla Denomination of Origin (DO) of Spain. This Altos de Luzón is a blend of Monastrell (Mourvèdre), Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. This wine made the Wine Spectator top 100 list in 2005 and was scored 93 points. We opened this wine to enjoy with a Lamb Shank Cassoulet. As Seattle sinks deeper and deeper into the grayness of winter, I cook more and more slow-cooked stews. This wine has been in our cellar for the past 5 years. The color is a deep, dark purple red. The nose shows notes of mineral and blackberry and aromas of kirsch liqueur with spicy overtones. This is a full bodied wine with lively raspberry, black cherry, current, black grape, blueberry, bacon, earth and spicy vanilla. This powerful wine has layer upon layer of ripe fruit and is gently tannic and chewy with a long, long finish. This wine is drinking well now but could continue to be cellared for another 2-5 years. This wine is outstanding, I wish we had more!