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Clio 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

70% monastrell (old vines), 30% cabernet sauvignon. Dark cherry red. Intense nose of ripe fruits (cassis) and comfit fruit mixed with sensations of toasted coffee and licorice which bring finesse and elegance. Strength, flesh, savory and opulence combine in the palate of this wine that little by little develops in the bottle. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 96 points by Rhone Report: Even better than the smoking 2009, the 2010 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio is an over the top, decadent, and voluptuous effort that stays gorgeously drinkable and light on the palate. A blend of 70% Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 24 months in new French and American oak, it offers up a blockbuster styled bouquet of smoky black raspberry, crème de cassis, coffee, chocolate, and spice that flows to a extremely rich, full-bodied palate that has layers of sweet fruit, an unctuous texture, and chewy, yet velvety tannin that lends focus on the finish. Despite all of the size and richness here, it never seems heavy or cumbersome, and is easy to drink. Make no mistake, this is a big, rich wine that shows sweet fruit and plenty of oak; it will not be for everyone. Nevertheless, it is beautifully made and a joy to drink. Superb now with a decant (and I see no reason to delay gratification), it will drink well for at least a decade, most likely much longer.

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Bodegas El Nido:
Bodegas El Nido is a collaborative wine brand created by Australian enologist Chris Ringland, Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordonez and the Gil Vera winemaking family (of Bodegas Juan Gil). The production is based in the Valle de la Aragon within the Murcia district of Spain’s Jumilla region. The two wines produced, El Nido and Clio, mirror each other in grape composition. Clio is compose... Read more
Bodegas El Nido is a collaborative wine brand created by Australian enologist Chris Ringland, Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordonez and the Gil Vera winemaking family (of Bodegas Juan Gil). The production is based in the Valle de la Aragon within the Murcia district of Spain’s Jumilla region. The two wines produced, El Nido and Clio, mirror each other in grape composition. Clio is composed of 70% Monastrelll and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, while El Nido is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell. The wines are fruit-forward, powerful and highly concentrated and have a devoted following among enthusiasts for New World styles of Spanish wine.  Read less

70% monastrell (old vines), 30% cabernet sauvignon. Dark cherry red. Intense nose of ripe fruits (cassis) and comfit fruit mixed with sensations of toasted coffee and licorice which bring finesse and elegance. Strength, flesh, savory and opulence combine in the palate of this wine that little by little develops in the bottle. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 96 points by Rhone Report: Even better than the smoking 2009, the 2010 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio is an over the top, decadent, and voluptuous effort that stays gorgeously drinkable and light on the palate. A blend of 70% Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 24 months in new French and American oak, it offers up a blockbuster styled bouquet of smoky black raspberry, crème de cassis, coffee, chocolate, and spice that flows to a extremely rich, full-bodied palate that has layers of sweet fruit, an unctuous texture, and chewy, yet velvety tannin that lends focus on the finish. Despite all of the size and richness here, it never seems heavy or cumbersome, and is easy to drink. Make no mistake, this is a big, rich wine that shows sweet fruit and plenty of oak; it will not be for everyone. Nevertheless, it is beautifully made and a joy to drink. Superb now with a decant (and I see no reason to delay gratification), it will drink well for at least a decade, most likely much longer.

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