Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2006 Purisma "Trapio" Monastrell

I first had the 2006 Bodegas la Purisma Trapio Monastrell, Yecla about 6 months ago at a staff tasting for the retailer I used to work for. At the time I remember thinking it was still quite young and in desperate need of some rustic, hearty food. Going on 6 or 7 years now, the wine's color shows no sign of age. The bouquet is an amazing explosion of kirsch liqueur, new saddle leather and crushed fennel seed. Really, one of those wines you could just smell all night long. Tons of sweet cherry, game and licorice caress the palate before being hammered on the finish with ferocious tannin. The whole fruit/tannin/acid balance suggests this wine could effortlessly age another decade. I can't remember the exact price for this one, but I think it retails in the low $20 range. A stunning value.

Dinner tonight was a rich and hearty venison stew over white rice. The gamey notes from the wine were an absolute perfect match with the braised deer meat.

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