Vino Me and I spent yesterday afternoon combing through Dicarlo's Spring Tasting extravaganza of 500+ wines. For me, one wine stood head and shoulders above all the rest and earns a strong buy recommendation:
2000 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Casa Mira
From the Yecla region of Spain. This is an old vine blend of monastrell (mourvedre), grenache, cab sauvignon, and alicante.
Dark, almost black color. Explosive nose of blueberries, aniseed, and fresh summer soil after a rainstorm. The palate puts the pedal to the metal with waves of dark fruits, yet stops short of candied. Great structure, but tannins are only perceptible in the background. Long barreling finish. A fantastic deal at $38. Drink now through 2008. 94P.
Parker rated this one 93P and aptly noted: "This fleshy, full-throttle Spanish red may not be finesse-styled, but it is substantial as well as intense." The lady pouring this one at the tasting called it "a slut of a wine".
If you like hedonistic, old vine wines, then this is definitely one to seek out.