Montebuena Tempranillo Joven 2011
Bright blackforest sweet fruit nose, very ripe, slight carbonic notes, candied floral notes, very potent and fruity. Fresh definitely fruit sweet, candied but not oppressively so, intense juiciness and brightness, plenty of volume and chewy generosity.
Nice earthy slightly dirty red fruit notes, slight lamb chop fat notes. Much bolder and denser on the palate, not smooth or opulent, but tight and expressive. Plenty of acids, oak subdueing the fruit. A tad sharp and lacking in generosity.
Combination of mature oak, ripe green and red vegetables, and dark red fruits. Mouth-filling depth and intensity, bold expressive tannins with plenty of acid to balance, good savoury and fruit elements working together. Still quite young, but oak looking well integrated.
Manuel Quitano 2004
Quite bold international maceration oak nose, a very fine example nonetheless. Chocolate banana, coconut milkshake, blackcurrant sweetness. Intense powerful full tannins, quite dark but still has some brightness, micro-oxygenation making the wine look prematurely old. Good structure, good fruit, just a shame about the oak treatment.
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