Red Wine Grillo 2012

Crianza red wine from Somontano. Blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Merlot aged for 13 months in French oak barrels.
Crianza. 13 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 15º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Somontano
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Availability: In stock

€33.80
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This is a rather special Spanish red wine from El Grillo y la Luna, a winery located in Barbastro, the wine capital of the DO Somontano.

A blend of 44% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Grenache and 7% Merlot, El Grillo is produced from several plots with different soil compositions, planted at an average height of 400 metres above sea level.

Harvesting was meticulous and was carried out manually. Each vine yielded about 1.2 kg of grapes, which were transported to the cellar in 12 kg boxes. Kept at a temperature of 4ºC to preserve their aromatic compounds and to avoid spontaneous pre-fermentation, the grape bunches were destemmed and put into 40-hectolitre French oak vats. After a cold-soaking process that lasted 5 days, this red wine from Somontano was fermented for over a period of 8 days under strict temperature control and daily punch-downs of the solid cap of grape skins.

Subsequently, Grillo 2012 remained in contact with its lees for 30 days and was transferred into 225 litre French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for a period of 13 months. During the first 5 months, this Spanish red wine was manually stirred twice a day to increase its creaminess and volume. Then the wine was left untouched until bottling.

Aerate this Crianza red wine 1 hour before drinking.

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Appearance

The red wine Grillo is high ruby with a purplish rim.

Nose

Deep, opulent aromas of red and black fruit, with some evocative balsamic touches, notes of aromatic herbs and mineral remembrances. Ever-evolving, this blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Merlot also suggests oriental spices, a smell of wet earth and hints of cocoa and coffee. 

Palate

Savoury and inviting, but in a serious, dignified manner. This wine from Bodega El Grillo y la Luna is certainly ambitious, but not overblown. Rich and savoury, with a crisp acidity and a smooth, richly-layered texture. Black fruit, a layer of spices, some touches of menthol and a mix of cocoa and coffee hints. Long, mineral finish.

Our personal opinion

The considerable effort devoted to producing Grillo 2012 makes it stand out among the wines from Somontano. An under-the-radar jewel.

OTHER VINTAGES

Grillo 2011:

Enterwine 93.

Grillo 2010:

Enterwine 93. Peñín 93. Decanter 91.

Year 2012
Type Red
D.O. Somontano
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 15-17ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 13
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 93
Percentage of variety Syrah 44%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Garnacha 14%, Merlot 7%.
Pairings Birds, Bull meat, Chocolate, Civet, Duck, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Stew, Stews
Taste Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
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1 Review
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High-end wine. Deep and robust, I give it 4.5 stars.
Review by (Posted on 13 December 2018)
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