Bodegas El Nido Clio 2014 Jumilla, Spain 

My Rating 91 Points.   

Price $45.

This Friday, my Cabernet fix is really a Monastrell Cabernet blend, and it is great.

Deep purple core with a beautiful purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, plums, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, earth, sage, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke, chocolates and mocha.

Full bodied, smooth, big and bold, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cherries, raspberries, earth, tar, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins, peppercorn and pomegranates.

What a great Monastrell blend from the house of Juan Gil this is. Balanced, spicy, smooth and elegant. Great mouthfeel with a tangy finish. Plain Deliciousness.

This could use a few years in the bottle to mature, but already very enjoyable by itself, as a sipping wine, or with food. Good for longer term aging.

Good right out of the bottle but much more complex after spending an hour in the decanter.

Grapes are 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Jumilla region. Aged for at least 22 months in French and American Oak barrels.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

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