Dominio de Urogallo 'Cadario Tinto', Cangas del Narcea, Asturias, Spain 2012

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Dominio de Urogallo 'Cadario Tinto', Cangas del Narcea, Asturias, Spain 2012

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You've already wasted too much time. This isn't a wine to prevaricate over, to quantify and to cross-reference, it's a wine that you absolutely have to drink as soon as possible, because it's insanely good. If we could find some third-party endorsement to help persuade you, then we would include it without hesitation, but there isn't any, because this wine comes from an area of Spain called Cangas del Narcea (the oldest municipality in Asturias, on the north coast), which no one knows much about and whose wines rarely leave the region. Well, what a discovery this is!

It's a single vineyard blend of Mencia and Verdejo Tinto (the local name for Bastardo or Trousseau), fermented, with 20% whole clusters, in chestnut barrels and then aged in French oak for a further 15 months. The aromas are as beautiful as they are explosive, a maelstrom of black cherry, cassis, incense, dark cola and exotic spices. The palate has serious depth, but that perfume from the nose carries through and gives it lift and grace notes too. Old vine concentration and 'hands-off' winemaking (no fining or filtration) mean that the wine is as full of natural goodness as a wine can be (without actually being good for you, we say hastily, before the Portman Group come knocking). 14% alc. Drink now-2022.

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