2007 Bodegas Luzon, Luzon, Jumilla, Spain

SKU #1047126

Wine Enthusiast's #1 top value wine of 2008 and 90 points! They write: "Truly captivating wine for under $10? Yes, Luzón’s Monastrell-Syrah blend is exactly that. It delivers huge plum and spice notes, with tobacco, herbs and smoked meat working their way into the game. Remains powerfully fruity and spicy in the mouth, with a long, minty, medicinal finish. Competes with thousands of wines priced higher. Overdelivers by a lot!" (12/15/2008) From Wine Spectator: "Smoky and inky notes, along with licorice, frame flavors of cassis, mineral and game in this firm, juicy red, which is focused and expressive." (02/09) And from Parker's Wine Advocate: The 2007 Luzon is 65% Monastrell and 35% Syrah. Purple-colored, it exhibits a bouquet of spice box, violets, and blueberry. On the palate this smooth-textured wine offers generous savory fruit, good balance, and a pure finish." (08/08)

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 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 7/8/2009 
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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.

 By: Joe |  Review Date: 7/2/2009 
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Review disclaimer: I don't even like Monastrell or Sryah normally. Wow, 'overdelivers' is an understatement. On the front end, I was surprised at how big this wine was, jumping into my mouth with spicy flavors. Then towards the mid section, it comes down to a nice, tannic intermission. And then, the finish is long and lingering. I can see why these bottles are jumping off the shelf.

 By: Paul Dodd |  Review Date: 6/28/2009 
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Not sure what the excitement is about this wine. Upon first opening the wine is closed and acidic. When that blows off it comes across as a simple straightforward wine, strongly tasting like sour cherries.

 By: JamesK |  Review Date: 5/11/2009 
As a fan of both mourvedre (monastrell) and syrah, I was excited to try this wine. I found it to be robust, yet quite drinkable. It strikes me as a very "honest" wine where the varietal characteristics shine. The meaty, spicy notes went really well with cheeseburgers I grilled Saturday afternoon. Definitely a great quality-to-price ratio, and worth buying a case to have on hand for summer BBQs.

 By: Paul Burt |  Review Date: 5/11/2009 
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Hearty wine that stands up well to grilled beef with sauces and seasoning. Inky purple with velvet striations in the glass the nose hits with spice, dark berry fruits and cassis. On the palate the fruits open up and spice is added to it for a lingering mouth feel. Well done for this price point.
Drink from 2009 to 2011

 By: Jeff Phillips |  Review Date: 5/9/2009 
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Super tasty. May well become my new "every-day" red. What a bargain!
Drink to 2010

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Varietal:

Mourvedre

- 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.