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La Bodega de Pinoso "Pontos Merlot barrica" 2005, D.O. Alicante.

Color: dark and deep red with some browning (rim).
Nose: very expressive, warm and earthy, spicy and with impressions of smoke, vanilla, wood and some chocolate, very ripe, a bit heady and a touch sweet, quite mature, also some impressions of mushrooms, some complexity.
Taste: good intensity, powerful, mature, warm, round, rich and mild, ripe and smoky, with very ripe dried fruit, vanilla, spices, earth, tobacco, leather, many ripe and sweet tannins, good extract and ample alcohol, good balance.
Finish: intense, round and soft but also with some spicy tannins, earthy of smoke and tobacco, quite mature and warm style.

* A rich, warm, mature and intense wine with lots of smoky, earthy and  spicy nuances, some dried fruit, tobacco and leather, very ripe and soft character with some matching spicy tannins. Very good wine with the typical warm character of the region combined with the rich and earthy style of Merlot.

- This wine must be drunk soon to enjoy its sweet and round character, further maturing will bring more chocolate, tobacco impressions, less softness and a more prominent "hot" (alcoholic) character.  Drink until mid 2009.

- This wine is made of the classic Merlot grape, more adapted to much cooler regions. This wine has more Spanish character than Merlot-character, but shows how not native grapes can be used in a different setting.
Modern techniques and a very skilled wine maker fashion this wine into a easy to drink and individual wine of good quality. 
The regional (very hot and dry) climate is kind to organic viticulture as one can taste in other wines of this producer: the dry white Vermador and red Vermador, both are not a middle of the road wines, they are a statement of dedication, quality and respect for terroir.
The Spanish seem to do the right thing when it comes to wine making. Huge investments were (and are being) made in the wineries and vineyards with impressive wines as a result. La Bodega de Pinoso is a big cooperative producer to watch closely, since vintage 2006 several wines have made enormous progress. The style is more aimed at the demanding export market, before 2006 the local and Spanish market dictated the style: more sturdy and strong wines crying out for rich dishes. Now various wines are produced that easily can compete in style, quality and price with those of the New World. They still are unmistakably Spanish in style which is a very good thing these days: preserving the precious identity that makes wine so fascinating and enjoyable. Other non-organic brand: Torre del Reloj.

- lotnr.: unknown

- tasted: 12-11-’08

- estimated retail price ca. 6,00 euro

- average production: unknown

- La Bodega De Pinoso, Coop. V., Mrs. Katerina Prazakova, Paseo de la Constitución 82, 03650  Pinoso (Alicante) ; tel.: +34-965 477 04 ;  fax.: +34-966 970 149 ;  mobile: +34-620 341 237 ; e-mail: ;  web site: