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2007 Núvol Monastrell

A big mouthful of licorice and purple fruits, with some unsweetened chocolate undertones, a real tooth-stainer, with a spicy follow-through. Tannins are solid, almost chewy. The finish falls off rather quickly, but the Quality to Price Ratio (QPR) is very good. Drink with beef ribs.
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2006 Bodegas y Vinedos del Mediterraneo Lujuria

Lujuria hails from Yecla, a lesser-known region than its immediate neighbors, Jumilla, Almansa and Alicante. This wine is considerably more complex on the nose than expected, with aromas of jammy dark red and black fruits, dill, licorice, coffee and a dusty component. Although a bit simpler on the palate, the red and black fruits, coffee and herbaceous elements come through and tie in nicely with its acid and tannins. Easily a Tuesday-night-with-leftovers wine that I’d buy again.