2012 Vila Viniteca "El Hombre Bala" Mentrida

SKU #1211132 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 El Hombre Bala is pure Garnacha from different vineyards in Cadalso de los Vidrios from purchased grapes. If you know previous vintages of this wine, this 2012 has a lot less oak and extraction. Also this ruby-colored red is sporting a fresher, more precise nose dominated by wild red berries and hints of spices and herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with perfectly integrated oak, unnoticeable in fact, and very good balance and freshness before ending with the taste of cherries in liqueur. It's quite hedonistic and lush. Uvas Felices belongs to a Barcelona wine distributor and shop Vila Viniteca. They produce wines throughout Spain with the help of some of the wineries they distribute. The wines from the Gredos Mountains are produced by Comando G, and in this case the involvement of Uvas Felices goes one step further as they have acquired some of the old vineyards used to produce their wines, as is the case with la Mujer Cañón. I feel a big jump in quality and precision from 2011 to 2012 here. This is a name to follow. (LG)  (10/2014)

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