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Bodegas Carchelo

Sierva 2009

Price: $28.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas Carchelo
Vintage Year: 2009
Highest Rating: 91pts ( Wine Advocate)
Country: Spain
Region: Murcia


40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new French oak, 40% passing malolactic fermentation in barrel. From the finest fruit of the vintage, selected parcels for ripe grapes with ideal natural acid balance. A complex and elegant Jumilla is the result, balancing power with length and drinkability.

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Sierva (2010) - "(40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) Floral aromas of black and blue fruits, licorice and cola. Dense, sweet and penetrating, with firm underlying structure to its blueberry and cherry-cola flavors. Finishes ripe and long, with soft, harmonious tannins."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Sierva (2010) - "Deep, smoke-accented cherry and blackberry aromas, with notes of cola and licorice building in the glass.  Tangy and precise, offering lively red and dark berry flavors and notes of candied violet and bitter chocolate.  Finishes with very good energy and length, leaving a spicy note behind."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Sierva (2009) - "Big and lush, this has graphite, coconut, minty oak and huge berry fruit aromas. It’s plush in the mouth but not wayward or overly big, with roasted plum, molasses, leather and raspberry flavors and a forward barrel note. Savory and long on the finish, this is a blend of 40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo and 15% each Syrah and Cabernet."

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2012

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Sierva (2009) - "This dark ruby colored Spanish blend opens with a black raspberry jam bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic, and juicy. The flavor profile is an appealing mild black raspberry with a touch of black currant, oak, and black pepper. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are subtle. This is a very nice glass pour option to consider with a grilled bacon burger. Enjoy."

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 1, 2011

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Sierva (2009) - "Opaque ruby. Blackberry, boysenberry, Indian spices and anise on the expressive nose. Juicy, spicy and silky in texture, with smoky dark berry compote and fruitcake flavors lifted by mounting acidity. A rich but lively blend, with smoothly integrated tannins and a long, gently chewy finish."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Sierva (2009) - "The 2009 Sierva is a blend of 40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, with the balance Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 9 months in new French oak. Fragrant blue and black fruits lead to a full-bodied wine with outstanding depth and concentration, excellent balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink this pleasure-bent offering over the next 8 years."

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Overview: Bodegas Carchelo dates from the early 1980s and pioneering efforts to modernize viticulture in what had been a backwater viticultural region. 250 acres of prime vineyards are widely distributed in the region, at widely varying altitudes and exposures. Varieties grown feature Monastrell (in France Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire-trained vineyards) plus Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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History: Bodegas Carchelo was founded in the early 1980s in one of the earliest efforts to bring Jumilla into the age of modern wine. In addition to the indigenous Monastrell (Mourvèdre) variety, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are grown to enhance structure. Achieving a fresh and balanced style, by the early 1990s Carchelo's rich young red had put Jumilla on the road to international respectability.

Located at altitudes between 2000 and 3500 feet in the transition between Spain's coastal plain and inland La Mancha, Jumilla's aridity combines to result in fresh nighttime temperatures during the hot growing season. Chalky and clay soils offer ideal footing for the red varieties. At under eight inches of rain per year, grape health is seldom a problem. 700 acres of estate vineyards are planted to Monastrell (Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire trained vineyards), Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot, and are located in a wide variety of subregions, altitudes and exposures, reducing the risk of frequent hail damage in the area.

Only half of the grapes produced by the estate are used, allowing for strict selection of grapes and subsequent wines. Production focus is the young red "C" (Carchelo), majority Monastrell aged two to three months in French oak. Altico is a more concentrated and ageworthy wine from Syrah and Monastrell, aged four to six months in new oak. Canalizo, from organically farmed Syrah vineyards, is aged 12 months in new oak following malolactic fermentation in barrique.

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