Marques de Caro 2009 Crianza

DO Valencia, Spain; 13.5% ABV
made from Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 Feb

MarquesDeCaro_2009_CrianzaLim13 wasn’t that fond of the 2011 Marques de Caro Tempranillo, and I’m not that wild about this wine.  While it’s an elegant and pleasantly complex wine, with flavors of medium red to tart cherry, red cranberry, pomegranate, perhaps roses and cinnamon, and wood / almond, it’s on the tart, thin, and reserved side at the moment.  Perhaps with a few more years age in cool storage, it’ll soften to become the subtle and aromatic wine it seems to promise.  Right now, however, it’s a bit too backward for my taste, possibly others here would prefer it for those qualities.

When I first opened the bottle, I poured out a single-glass screw-cap bottle for another night.  On that “other night,” the saved bottle was a little more ripe-fruity, but not that different.  I left some in the small bottle with a bit of air and re-capped it.  A couple days, later the small remainder was still rather tart and undeveloped.


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