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tarima monestrellThe nose on this wine shows ripe blackberry and cumin spice—and a pervasive background of wet newspaper. Hmm. Wet newspaper is evidence of TCA (trichloroanisole) otherwise known as cork taint. Normally when I find  TCA in a wine (which is rare these days) I don’t review it because the problem is with the cork, not the winery, and it can happen to anyone. Furthermore, it is unlikely to characterize other bottles of the same wine so there is little value in calling attention to it.

But this wine has a synthetic cork and TCA happens only to natural cork. Furthermore, TCA can come from barrels which is a winery issue and may effect other bottles of the same wine.

So I will review this wine. If you’re a fan of the aromas of wet newspaper you might like it. I’m not. And on the palate the bold yet charred fruit up front gives way to a hard texture and a  sour finish. This one went down the drain. But the picture on the bottle is lovely.

There are a lot of good bargains in Spanish wine these days. This is not one of them. Give it a pass.

Score: 78

Price: $9

Alc: 14.5%

I don’t know what kind of music would make this taste better so I will leave you to your own devices on that. Just conjure the ugliest song you can imagine and the match will be reasonably precise.

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