Sometimes a blend just goes awry … This is what this one does for me. The blend does not work well together and the flavors fight. The wine has a jammyness almost like a petite syrah with some strong Blueberry flavors. Mixed in with this is a pepperyness coming from the Syrah. The Garanacha grape it turns out is simply the Spanish name for Grenache. Grenache on Wikipedia. The oaks are well under control. I would say the finish is on the lighter side of medium. I did decant this one for an hour as I found on opening it was a touch bitter and alcoholic. Overall for me this is not a stellar wine. I would not be rushing out to get more. It just is not to my tastes.
From the LCBO Web site:
MANGA DEL BRUJO 2006 DO Calatayud (San Gregorio) TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Manga del Brujo is composed of 65% old-vine Garnacha 15% Syrah 15% Tempranillo and 5% Monastrell and Mazuelo aged for 5 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored it exhibits an expressive bouquet of cedar tobacco earth vanilla black cherry and blueberry. This is followed by a full-bodied ripe intensely flavored wine with excellent depth balance and length. Another 2-3 years in the cellar should yield additional complexity. Drink this tasty effort through 2020. Score – 90+. (Jay Miller www.erobertparker.com Aug. 2008) 15073 $17.95 Featured 5/2/2009
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