Bodegas Paniza (Co-op), La Nina Roja, Single Estate, Gran Reserva, DOP Carinena, Aragon, Spain, 2008
Carinena is a region of low profile hills at 400-800m altitude, with low rainfall, a continental climate, hot summer days and cool nights, where drought is a risk, forest fires perennially so, and cold winters. Most production is by co-ops, blending cabernet sauvignon or syrah to give backbone, with cabernet sauvignon dominating some more modern styles. A place to look for good value offerings.
This wine: (bottle identity L-6314, PY 826411) a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% tempranillo, along with grenache; minimum ageing of 5 years, with at least two in wood, Diam 1 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, Sainsbury, £6.75 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: faulty – heavy smoke taint, a replacement bottle provided free of charge, with the same lot number, showed the same fault.
WSET tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: faulty (smoke taint), medium (+) intensity, faulty, with aromas as they come, of tar, resin, hints of turpentine, smoke, and after 48 hours in an oxidative state, there emerges stewed red cherry tinged with oak.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, slightly bitter high tannins, medium body, with flavours of bitter cherry, sweet oaky undertone. A medium length with a drying tannic finish, with a tarry undertone on the end.
Quality: faulty, with strong notes of smoke taint, quite monotone with a shortish length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: faulty.