2010 Señorio de Barahonda "Barahonda Barrica" Monastrell Syrah Yecla
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One year older, the 2010 Barahonda Barrica is composed of 75% Monastrell and 25% Syrah aged in a combination of French and American oak for six months. A big, thick, juicy, dense purple-colored effort, it reveals lots of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of camphor, licorice and spicy oak. This medium to full-bodied, luscious, fruity, crowd-pleaser should keep for 3-4 years. These marvelous bargains from winemakers Araceli Gonzalez Martinez and Agustin Carrion (the Tranco cuvee) are made from organically farmed vineyards.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. High-pitched dark fruit and floral aromas are complicated by notes of dark chocolate, tobacco and spices. Spicy, slightly dry blackberry and bitter cherry flavors expand with air and pick up a note of candied licorice. Finishes with a strong echo of licorice and good spicy persistence.
The region of Yecla does it again with this delicious yet surprisingly serious bottling from Barahonda. Produced from fruit grown in the chalky soils of the Yecla D.O., the wine shows crisp red fruits with the licorice and dark cocoa inflected finish typical of Monastrell based wines (this wine does have some Syrah blended in as well). Monastrell is a grape that is highly resistant to oxidizing, so do not be afraid to leave the equivalent of a glass or two in the bottle, cork up, and drink over the next few days. Enjoy this now and over the next several years.