2001 Grans Muralles Torres and 2006 Davino Reserva Zamfirescu
I had these 2 wines over the weekend with different home cooked beef based meals.
Produced from a selection of ancient Catalan varieties: Monastrell, Garnacha Tinta, Garro, Samso and Carinena from vineyards in Grans Muralles. Aged for 18 months in new Troncais oak casks. 14% alc
The color is deep dark ruby. The nose is developed with red fruit jams, minty cherry – dominating aroma, menthol, toast, dark chocolate, leather and dried figs. The taste is medium to full body, youthful, with flavors of stewed red fruits, espresso, hints of figs and chewy tannins. The finish is medium and dry, with eucalyptus and stewed red fruits in the aftertaste. A masculine wine that comes a bit too rustic. 89 points
2006 Davino Reserva Zamfirescu
A friend offered me this wine as a gift in October 2010. The wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon based blend with Merlot aged for 12 months in Romanian oak. 14.2% alc
The wine has a deep dark ruby red color. The nose is developed, with medium intensity, sweet, a bit oaky but nicely integrated, with aromas of licorice, red fruit and dark cherry liquor, ripe to over-ripe blueberry, really rich cocoa flavors, dark chocolate, plum and bit of heat. The wine is medium to full body, concentrated, with firm tannins that mellowed after a few hours in the decanter, with dark cherry liquor, a mix of stewed red and black fruits, a big eucalyptus flavor mixed with a thick layer of cocoa, dark chocolate and prunes. The finish is long with a huge cocoa-chocolaty aftertaste and drying tannins. A masculine wine characterized more by power than elegance, the firm tannins need considerable aging to soften. I would certainly like to try this wine in 4-5 years and see the development. 91 points
For me, this wine has more things in common with a Grenache based wine from the Southern Rhone than to a typical Bordeaux blend. It is a very interesting wine nevertheless. I am not sure this wine is still available for sale but the 2007 Rezerva sells for 250-268 RON(around 65 Eur) in wine shops in Bucharest. A bit too pricey if I may add.
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