Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2014
Elegant and silky, with a perfect balance and structure. Glass-staining purple colour. Explosive, alluring scents of boysenberry, plum, blueberry, chocolate and a hint of pipe tobacco. A lush and smooth mouthfeel, with generous plum and boysenberry fruit flavours enveloped in oak and dark chocolate layers. Closes with a juicy and long finish.
Fun fact: By Spanish law, a red wine labeled as a Crianza must be aged for two years, with a minimum of one year in an oak barrel and another year in the bottle before it’s sold.
From the highlands of Jumilla, the roots of these tenacious old vines pierce stony soils to penetrate the coarse limestone layer and touch the sandy strip below. The vines grow on a north facing slope that receives little rainfall. These harsh conditions beget intense and impetuous fruits, enhanced by the expertise of time. A crianza blend of 70% 35-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon and ancient Monastrell. The wine ages for 24 months in French and American oak barrels before bottling.
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Dark, bright-rimmed purple. A powerfully scented, deeply complex bouquet evokes mineral-accented boysenberry, cherry preserve, licorice, exotic spice and vanilla aromas that expand slowly with air. Stains the palate with sweet, deeply concentrated black/blue fruit, spicecake, mocha and candied violet flavors that show a surprisingly graceful touch for their heft. Velvety, steadily mounting tannins lend gentle grip to a broad, smoky finish that hangs on with superb, spice-driven tenacity.
Ultra-rich dark plum fruits, grilled nuts and chocolate panforte. The palate is ripened to the outer limits in an ultra soft, silky style where velvety tannins carry mocha, currants and rich blackberry flavors long and smooth.
The 2014 El Nido is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon from 35-year-old vines and the rest Monastrell from ancient vines fermented in the same way as Clio, starting in open-top, 4,500-liter stainless steel tanks with neutral yeasts and finishing in brand-new French and American oak barrels, where it also goes through malolactic. Aging in those new barrels lasted for almost two years. This is always quite ripe, and the Cabernet never shows any pyrazines or herbal aromas; there are plums, blackberries and a balsamic touch. This is full-bodied, powerful, concentrated and generously oaked. This is in line with the same vintage of Clio and has the same differences with the 2015 vintage, which feels a lot more balanced.
This rich red delivers plum pudding, currant, fig paste, cocoa and cinnamon flavors, bold and heady. Well-integrated tannins support the generous texture, with enough acidity to keep this lively. In the modern style. Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell.