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Wine, Frankly: The Best of Spain

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Frank Pagliaro
Frank Pagliaro
Frank Pagliaro has been a Wilmington wine merchant since 1986 – Frank’s Union Wine Mart. He is the Team Host & Chief Wino of the FranksWine.com Marathon Team which gets fellow winos and runners together to train for a yearly Fall Marathon while raising money for children’s charities.

Chris Ringland

Extremely limited release of the 2010 El Nido and 2010 Clio!

When Winemaker Chris Ringland stopped by the shop a few months back, I asked him “How high will they go?” Since 2002 these beautiful dark blends of old-vine Monastrell and Cabernet have ranged from 93 to 97 points and always sell out. But the critics have not yet tasted the ’10s. I’ll bet they love them; 2010 was as rich in sunny stony central Spain as in Chateauneuf du Pape.

El Nido

So now’s the time to buy before the hype heats up. Whatever the scores, you’ll be safe that this will be one of the finest Monastrells (Mourvedre in the Rhone) you’ve ever tasted. Clio is often compared to CdP but I find the great Spanish Monastrell come from Jumilla in the heart of Spain and are thick, slippery and full of licorice and spice, more like what Priorats are to ordinary Grenache. As usual the El Nido Clio is more Monastrell than Cabernet with more bang for less buck. For those who demand the best, the El Nido El Nido is double the pleasure, with Cabernet Sauvignon in the majority and Monastrell filling out the palate.

El Nido tasting

 What a power tasting it was with Chris Ringling! These wines have deep flavors and an endless finish. You can’t understand the Spanish wine of today without tasting at least one El Nido. You’re gonna want that.

Not reviewed yet….but 2010 vintage for Spain appears to be the best since 2004.

Here is what The Wine Advocate said about the 2009

“The 2009 El Nido is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell also aged for 24 months in new French and American oak. It gives up a bit more aromatic complexity with ramped up concentration and volume. In the glass, notes of blueberry, blackberry, exotic spices, and pepper lead to a plush, silky, 60-second finish. Give this behemoth 6-8 years to become civilized and drink the Clio cuvee while you are waiting.”

Here is the amazing track record of scores 
from The Wine Advocate 
  2009 – 93  
  2008 – 94  
  2007 – 94  
  2006 – 95  
  2004 – 97  
  2003 – 96  
2002 – 93
 
  
Not reviewed yet….but 2009 vintage for Spain appears to be the best since 2004.
Here is what The Wine Advocate said about the 2009

“The 2009 El Nido is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell also aged for 24 months in new French and American oak. It gives up a bit more aromatic complexity with ramped up concentration and volume. In the glass, notes of blueberry, blackberry, exotic spices, and pepper lead to a plush, silky, 60-second finish. Give this behemoth 6-8 years to become civilized and drink the Clio cuvee while you are waiting.

Another amazing track record — has not scored below 94 points for 8 years!
2009 – 94
 2008 – 96
2007 – 96
2006 – 97
2005 – 98
2004 – 99
2003 – 97
2002 – 96 
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