2016 Bodegas El Nido El Nido

Year: 2016
Appellation: Jumilla
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 95
Red Wine
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"The eponymous 2016 El Nido is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Monastrell, the reverse percentages of Clio. The vinification and élevage are the same: it starts in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and finishes in French and American oak barriques, where the wine matured for some 23 months. I was quite pleasantly surprised by this 2016, as I expected a weaker wine that would show the élevage more, but I found a juicy palate and the oak was quite integrated. The tannins are fine-grained, and the palate reveals flavors of sweet spices and dark chocolate. This is not that far from the 2015. I tasted from two bottles—one just opened and one that had been uncorked 24 hours before—and the wine showed better after 24 hours, which gave me an idea about how the wine can (slowly) evolve in bottle. And you can decant it in advance if you want to drink it now. 5,500 bottles were filled in September 2018.

The 2016s from Clio and El Nido were released in October 2018. Their Syrah, a wine first produced in 2009 under the name Corteo, is released later, so 2015 is the current vintage." (WA)

Winery Notes:
70% Cabernet Sauvignon 32 Year Old Vines, 30% Monastrell 67 Year Old Vines, hillside vineyard selection.

Estate bottled.

Tasting Notes:
Glass-staining purple. Explosive, alluring aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla bean. Lush and broad but juicy and firmly built, with suave candied dark fruit flavors accented by sexy floral and Asian spice qualities. Finishes with substantial breadth, impressively long, with echoing boysenberry and spice notes.

Food Pairing:
Paella, pasta, vegetables, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meats, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, and short or medium cheeses.