The Sour Grape

Carta Roja Jumilla Gran Reserva 2007

Don't be fooled by the 'Gran Reserva' label, the fruit here is alive a kicking.

Don’t be fooled by the ‘Gran Reserva’ label, the fruit here is alive a kicking.

Jumilla is a Spanish wine region to the southeast of La Mancha and specialises in wines made from Monastrell (Mourvedre). Ripe plum and red cherry aromas with hints of vanilla lead this elegant wine. On the palate it’s full of earthy red fruits (plum/cherry) still surprisingly ripe and forward for a wine with this much oak ageing, before tobacco leaf and vanilla develop on the medium finish. A rich balanced wine perfectly aged with integrated tannins and ready for drinking now with just enough woody complexity to intrigue. A quality table wine if you’re looking for something with a bit more class, though one on offer regularly enough to recommend never paying full price. £6.30 on offer (£8.50 full price) from Sainsbury’s.

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