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Customer Reviews - Mike Callahan
Pleasant wine that is especially good in warm to hot weather. It has a nice balance that doesn't fade as you drink.
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2008 Bodegas Luzon "Luzon" Jumilla (out of stock)
Review Date: 9-28-2009
Much like the 2007 vintage of this wine, the 2008 version is a pleasant wine that is especially good in warm to hot weather. It has a nice balance that doesn't fade as you drink. It can be paired with light foods or consumed by itself with equal satisfaction. Exceptional value for the price
2008 Crucillon Garnacha Campo de Borja (out of stock)
Review Date: 9-24-2009
This Granacha has a great nose and very dense color. It is medium to heavy bodied and needs time to help mellow out the fruit flavor. There is definitely an earthy taste both at the first sip and the finish. As a young wine, more time in the bottle should help soften the fruit tones and enhance the vibrancy. At $7.99 it is a bargain and should only get better.
2007 Pablo Menguante Garnacha Cariņena (out of stock)
Review Date: 9-21-2009
A wonderful blend of fruit and minerals makes this a must have garnacha. It is well balanced with only a hint of tannins. It drinks well alone or with mild foods and is a great warm weather wine (like we now have in California). A real bargain at the price.
2007 Bodegas Olivares "Altos de la Hoya" Jumilla (out of stock)
Review Date: 9-15-2009
Although highly rated by both Parker and Tanzer, my impression of the flavors was quite different than theirs (based on only one bottle). I found that the minerals seemed to overpower the underlying berry taste and left a somewhat less than smooth and balanced finish. I have yet to try the 2008 Bodegas Luzon, Jumilla the 2007 was far and away a better wine for a lot less $.
2007 Casa Castillo Monastrell Jumilla (out of stock)
Review Date: 8-22-2009
Light to medium character with more aromas than carry through to the taste. It is a good wine to sip on a warm day or enjoy with mild cheese or other mild dishes. Surprised that Parker gives this a 90 rating.
2005 Vinos de Terruņos "LaMilla" Monastrell Jumilla (out of stock)
Review Date: 8-20-2009
Price reduction may be due to the limited aging for this wine. Corks are dry and break out on removal, although the wine shows no immediate loss of flavor or vibrancy. Don't cellar for long and suggest decanting to let the aromas gain some freshness. A decent value at the lower price.
2005 Bodegas Castano "Hecula" Yecla (out of stock)
Review Date: 7-9-2009
This is a medium bodied wine with great flavor and finish. It drinks well by itself and will stand up to ribs, steak and other hearty meats. I prefer to just enjoy the taste and not worry about what to serve with it.
2007 Bodegas Luzon, Luzon, Jumilla, Spain (out of stock)
Review Date: 7-8-2009
Pleasant wine that is especially good in warm to hot weather. It has a nice balance that doesn't fade as you drink. Exceptional value for the price.
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