Bodegas El Nido is a 100-acre estate in the Valle de La Aragona, in the Jumilla region of Spain. It was founded in 2002 and is a collaboration between Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and the Gil Family. Grapes grown are Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon. Two wines are produced, the Clio, which is 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the flagship wine, El Nido, which is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell.
Deep purple in color. 15.5% ABV. I decanted the wine for all of 5 minutes but I am not sure 5 hours would have made much of a difference. Huge nose of black fruits, smoked meats and anise. Dense, concentrated and highly extracted. Blackberries, blueberries, graphite and pepper on the palate. Rich, hedonistic and perhaps even a touch over the top. The finish is endless. Drink over the next decade or so. I’m a fan!
My rating: 93 points.
Clio is a great value at $40. The 2010 and 2011 are both available at retail currently. I’m stocking up and you should as well.
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