Monday, February 15, 2010

Buil & Gine 2006 Gine Gine (Spain)

Smacked in the face by the initial smells of black fruit and chocolate ... wow, this is going to be a good wine. But now that it's in the glass swirling about there are new smells emerging, namely a perfumed note and red raspberries. The perfume is actually huge, like a Chanel no. 5, but there seems to also be fruit in here. The palate has just a faint hint of the perfume, with lots of juicy blackberry along with juicy raspberry bits ... there's a real juiciness to this wine, if you haven't noticed yet. This one's a blend of Grenache and Carignane from the Priorat region of Spain, with huge percentage of alcohol, weighing in at 14.5% - scary part is, it's hard to tell. I got this one for two reasons: 1) I liked the wine when I tried it during a Vintages tasting; and 2) I just love the name, reminds me of an old Cary Grant movie ... on the other hand maybe he says "Judy, Judy Judy", not "Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie"; then again a little web research has just shown me that he never actually said that famous quote. See what happens, get a little booze in ya and suddenly the search for long lost quotes begins. Meanwhile the perfume nose has toned down, but juiciness has not ... lovely, just like Judy might have been.

N.B. - After an hour of being open, the wine loses the perfumed note completely; the red fruit juiciness never seems to go away.

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