Bodegas El Nido is located in the Valle de La Aragona, inside the Murcia district of Jumilla. Monastrell is the most significant red grape varietal found in Jumilla. It accounts for more than 80% of the vines as it adapts well to the difficult climactic conditions.
The Symmetry Meritage from Rodney Strong is a beautiful blend of all five noble varietals. It is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Frank, 5% Malbec and 2% Petite Verdot. The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes.
The Prisoner was inspired by the “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in Napa Valley. The Prisoner is now the most recognized Napa Valley red blend, leading the resurgence of interesting blends by incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono.
Fans of The Prisoner will like this broadly juicy blend of 81% Merlot with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Thorn is sourced from acclaimed vineyard sites throughout the Napa Valley. The family of small vineyards offers vines of varying ages and regionality, lending to layers of character and complexity. The label which I love is a photograph of a wire wolf sculpture entitled, “Thorn” by Portuguese artist, David Oliviera.