2002 Bodegas El Nido "Clio" Jumilla

SKU #1016723 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The sensational 2002 Clio, a blend of 70% Mourvedre (60-year old vines) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon (25-year old vines), exhibits a dense purple color along with a rich, sumptuous bouquet of toasty vanillin, blueberries, blackberries, roasted espresso, chocolate, and earth. Full-bodied, with sweet tannin, fabulous concentration, a multilayered mouthfeel, and a long finish, this is a tour de force in winemaking. It provides strong evidence of what can be achieved in this once backwater/boondock viticultural region of Spain. (RP)  (6/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This plush red offers sweet fruit flavors of strawberries and raspberry jam. It fills the mouth, but the tannins are gentle, layered with chocolate and vanilla oak notes. Berries and spices linger on the finish. Modern style, but quite restrained and harmonious. Monastrell (Mourvèdre) and Cabernet Sauvignon. (TM)  (10/2005)

90 points Vinous

 Full red. Perfumed aromas of red berries, cinnamon and cedar. Plump and spicy, with sweet plum and redcurrant flavors accented by oak and firmed by ripe acidity. Very suave and lush for the vintage, and already a delicious drink. (ST)  (9/2005)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Decant this red a couple of hours before serving so that the oak scents can blow off. Then the old-vine monastrell flavors of caramelized fig and marron glacé will float to the fore, supported by strong, tight tannins and alcohol. Age will bring balance to its force.  (10/2005)

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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.
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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.