2006 Bodegas El Nido "Clio" Jumilla
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The purple/black 2006 Clio is composed of 70% old vine Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 26 months in new oak. It offers up a super-sexy nose of underbrush, incense, lavender, blueberry muffin, and black currant. Voluptuous and creamy on the palate, this loaded, well-balanced wine is a total turn-on. For those who prefer their flavor in moderation, look elsewhere. Drink this pleasure-bent effort from 2011 to 2021.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, bright ruby. Powerful aromas of blackberry, blueberry, smoky herbs, potpourri and Asians spices. Weighty dark berry flavors display a liqueur-like depth, with zesty minerality providing lift and velvety tannins adding support. Manages to be large-scaled and lithe at once, finishing with real cut and clarity. This seamless wine is delicious now, and I'd be inclined to drink it young for its alluring, vivacious fruit.
Oddly, this is preferable to El Nido’s $140 Cab-heavy fruit bomb. Maybe that’s because Monastrell is the go-to grape in Jumilla, and this is 70% Monastrell and only 30% Cab compared to the opposite with El Nido. All that said, this wine is ripe, approachable and dark, with excellent balance and a fudgy, warm finish of fruitcake and blackberry. Drink now through 2013.
Wine & Spirits
Oak scents of vanilla and coconut lead into generous fruit flavors in the middle of this wine. Candied cherry and fig notes fill the enormous structure. Untamed, this wine needs at least another three years to meld.
This plush, modern red is brimming with plum, black cherry, cola, licorice and spice flavors, fresh and vibrant, with firm, well-integrated tannins and a spicy finish. Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2014.