2010 Bodegas El Nido "Clio" Jumilla

SKU #1116862 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Ripe, expressive scents of black raspberry, cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla and potpourri. Fat, full and concentrated, offering intense black and blue fruit preserve flavors and notes of licorice and mocha. Finishes spicy and very long, with smooth, sweet tannins and slow-building smokiness.  (9/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Plush and polished, this big red delivers cassis, licorice, espresso and sanguine flavors, with firm, well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity. A savory style, showing balance and power.  (9/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Even to the eye alone this wine is impressive, with superripe aromas, deep cherry, cacao, cherry liquor, blackberry juice. Monastrell is supplemented by 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. All the aromas are reminiscent of ripeness. Notably dense, with extremely ripe, rounded tannin and some dairy flavours in the aftertaste. (FC)  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

Looking for a consistently over-achieving, full-bodied red? The 2010 is 70% Old Vine Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon that was barrel-aged for 22-26 months in French and American oak. It bears Clio's hallmark opulence, with bold aromas and flavors, a thick, dense palate, and long finish. Bodegas El Nido is a project of the Gil family of Jumilla; Chris Ringland (R Wines) is chief winemaker. Bodegas El Nido is a collaboration between the Gil family and Australian powerhouse Chris Ringland. The Clio is 70% old vine Monastrell and 30% Cab grown in the Valle de la Aragona in the Jumilla appellation of Spain. The wine is rich with roasted berry and cassis aromas and flavors, with accents of anise and espresso. A powerful, decadent wine.

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.