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Deep ruby with a violet trim the appearance still shows deep vibrancy for 4 years of age. Chug the wine through your decanter to blow off that bit of matchstick to find some violet, cherry, red clay and plum scented wax. This Mencia is med+ body with cool nights acid and still tight tannin for the age. It's not overly complex but the structure will give enjoyment over next 4 years. Grilled meats or rich stews. Tasted Dec 12
The 2008 Bodegas Del Abad Dom Bueno, composed of 100% Mencía harvested from old vines, is a light to medium bodied, fruity wine with intense aromas of plum/red currant/cherry, some floral notes as well oak and faint vanilla. It has some distinct mineral notes; is bit unbalanced as the fruit and refreshing acidity doesn't match the tannins that are somewhere between refined to tannic (decant for 1-2 hours to allow faint sulphur notes to escape - I agree with Michael Valaitis) and the finish is medium to long. It is food friendly to be enjoyed with carb-dominated dishes; drink now or age short-term till 2014/5. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL (once decanted for 2+ hours), 88-89 pts - wine for light wine lovers. Tasted Dec/12.
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I disagree with JS and SA. To my taste, this wine is still very much alive and showing no negative signs of age (bottle variation?). The fruit is bright and vibrant, and while the tannin is noted, it is not obtrusive. The finish is just average to good, but its only a $16 bottle of wine. Nice value. Tasted Nov 2013.