Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Gran Bombero 2009, Cariñena - Laithwaites
Laithwaite's Gran Bombero is billed as the "big brother" of their El Bombero wine; both are Grenache-based reds from Cariñena in inland Spain with very high in alcohol levels (15%).
Made from old vines and aged in American oak, it has an imperssive enough CV.
There's ripe berry fruit, a bit of spice and some acidity but, low in tannins and colour, it fails on both the structural issues (too little) and exuberance (just too over-perfumed, all loganberries and damsons).
It is made by Bodegas San Valero but does not appear on their website and I can't avoid the feeling that they offloading a consignment of their less-than-best grapes to Laithwaites for this one.
A case of 12 costs £107.88, equivalent to £8.99 a bottle (plus delivery).
Laithwaite's - http://www.laithwaites.co.uk/
Bodegas San Valero - http://www.sanvalero.com/english/inicio.php