This Spanish red wine is a blend of 44% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Grenache and 7% Merlot coming from plots with different soil compositions planted at an average height of 400 metres above sea level.
Harvesting took place between the end of September and the beginning of October. 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, the wine must 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 2010 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, the wine was manually stirred twice a day to increase its creaminess and volume. The remaining 8 months the wine was left untouched until the moment of its bottling.
Drink until 2023.
Decant this red wine from Somontano 1 hour before drinking.
Grillo 2010 has a clean, bright, high cherry-coloured robe with a violet rim.
This Spanish red wine by the El Grillo y La Luna winery primarily displays opulent aromas of red and black fruit, evocative balsamic touches, notes of aromatic herbs and mineral remembrances. Then we find a panoply of oriental spices, a smell of wet earth and some hints of cocoa, roasted coffee and toast.
This wine from Somontano is complex and inviting, but in a serious, dignified manner. Everything is in the right place here, with an exceptionally precise acidity serving as the backbone of a smooth, tense body that shows notes of black fruit, a layer of spices, some touches of menthol and a mix of cocoa and coffee hints. Great elegance and long, refreshing, mineral finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Much effort was devoted to crafting this superb Grillo 2010, and the result is undoubtedly worth it. A little-known jewel.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||13|
|Name of Award||No|
|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|
High-end wine. Deep and robust, I give it 4.5 stars.