Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bella Luna, Tempranillo, San Benito (CA) 2005

Deep red.

Vinturi - very sexy nose shows significant, well-integrated, oak(?) contribution - toasted nut, deep earth, red pepper with red and black fruit underneath.

Nice textural roundness and depth whittled down to size by fairly strong, but unobtrusive, acidity. Flavor and structure on two tracks. Nice, subtle length. Interestingly, oak seems not to be a major factor in the mouth. Sulfides? Probably - contributing to the "acid" impression in the mouth. Good stuff, real depth.

$30? Gift from Mike Irwin. 14.6% listed alcohol.