2010 Señorio de Barahonda "Barahonda Barrica" Monastrell Syrah Yecla

SKU #1118911 92 points 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.  (8/ 2012)

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.  (10/ 2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/27/2012  | Send Email
A lot of wine for the money, this. Produced from Monastrell and Syrah grapes, the Barahonda shows lots of upfront red fruit - think plums, pomegranates and cherries in particular - while the bass tones of dark licorice and high cocoa content dark chocolate grip on the mid-palate and towards the finish. Monastrell (mourvedre in southern France) based wines at their best pull off this unique balance between savor and crisp fruit, dark and bright flavors. Enjoy this now and over the next several years.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5