Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monty Python: "This is not a wine for drinking; this is a wine for laying down ... and avoiding."

Tagonius Crianza 2004 DO Vinos de Madrid

14,5% abv; 20,10€; but conflicting info on the grapes (not that it matters in such a spoof-fest): 45% Syrah, 25% Cab Sauv, 20% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot or 45% Tempranillo, 40% Cab Sauv, 15% Syrah. There is conflicting info also on the oak: 9 months or 11-15 months in 30% new French and American oak. But enough of numbers (well, almost enough of numbers...), what was the wine like?

"91 Points Robert Parker Selection" it says proudly in a sticker under the label.


Opaque and purple. This superb effort (bravo!) shows an alluring perfume of inky pain grillé, blueberry and black and red cherry, tart cherry, sweet cherry and cherry-cola all of which is covered in a sexy layer of chocolate and coconut. This leads to a full bodied, smooth textured, silkily tannic, elegant blob of a gob. It literally has gobs of flavour; it is so gobby that I'm gobsmacked! I thought only grapes grown in such a dry, harsh environment as the Gobi-desert would make wine so gobby! Built to last a hundred years with a structure smothered by a blanket of sweet fruit, expect this to unfurl over the next two years and drink well through 2110. This is so round that I won't give it a hundred points, I'll give it 360°.

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