We dropped into a friends place on Sunday night with a few bits and pieces for a tapas style dinner. I rarely get a chance to cook things like croquetas these day, so it was good to get back into the kitchen and make a mess (I am very messy in the kitchen). You can also see a couple of stubbies of Sidra, Spanish cider, in the basket. I love this stuff, its a very adult drink, tasting of slightly musty old apples. If you see it on a drinks menu, give it a shot.
On to the wine. Cabrida is from old vine Garnarcha in Monsant, each vine only gives up about half a kilo of fruit leading to a very concentrated and rich wine. New french oak for 14 months, then into bottle. I had thought that the picture on the bottle was of kangaroos and wondered what that was all about. But they are actually mountain goats…
A rich nose, full of sweet fruit notes: raspberry and bright red cherry, followed by hot rocks, rose and old black tea, earthy spices and a little herb. Highly concentrated with sweet fruit on the mid palate with a savoury finish showing minerals, tangy fruit and a touch of spice. A thrilling ride, that is a little more fruit forward that the Santa Cruz de Artazu, but shows all the characters of an excellent garnarcha. 93 Pts.
Source: The Spanish Acquisition Cost: $140 Closure: Conventional Cork