2007 Bodegas Luzon Jumilla

2007 Bodegas Luzon JumillaPrice: $6.99 @ K&L Wines imported by The Henry Wine Group

What They Said:

Via wine.com “The 2007 Luzon is 65% Monastrell and 35% Syrah. Purple-colored, it exhibits a bouquet of spice box, violets, and blueberry. On the palate this smooth-textured wine offers generous savory fruit, good balance, and a pure finish. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.” – Wine Advocate (08/08)

Enthusiast’s #1 top value wine of 2008 and 90 points! They write: “Truly captivating wine for under $10? Yes, Luzón’s Monastrell-Syrah blend is exactly that. It delivers huge plum and spice notes, with tobacco, herbs and smoked meat working their way into the game. Remains powerfully fruity and spicy in the mouth, with a long, minty, medicinal finish. Competes with thousands of wines priced higher. Overdelivers by a lot!” (12/15/2008)

From Wine Spectator: “Smoky and inky notes, along with licorice, frame flavors of cassis, mineral and game in this firm, juicy red, which is focused and expressive.” (02/09)

What I Think:

Couple the above praise with the price tag and I’m surprised it took as long as it did for this one to show up on my radar. On opening this wine you know it is no joke. A huge nose filled with black pepper and dark fruits. On the palate it virtually explodes with juicy plum and blackberry flavors that comingle nicely with spice and herb notes in the palate. Towards the end the fruit muscles these to the side and turns slightly tart which leads us into a dry, tannic finish that lingers. Nothing subtle about this one, it beats you over the head.

On a side note, it was interesting to be reading Alice Feiring book, How I Saved the World from Parkerization while drinking this bottle. Guessing this is exactly the type of bottle she had in her crosshairs as she was holding that pen in her hand. While I do fancy the pure, natural wines she advocates for, to me, there is a time and place for these fruit bombs. My only complaint is that there is no reason on earth this bottle should not have been under a screw top. So grab a bottle, make something very hearty (think hamburger or something rich with sauce), pull the cork and enjoy this juicy quaffer.

Rating: Buy It

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4 thoughts on “2007 Bodegas Luzon Jumilla

  1. I basically feel the same way as you about this wine, but I do think that it gets a bit boring and really starts to fall apart after a few hours. I’ve had 5ish bottles of it now because it really is great to have around for company, etc. Definitely real good for the price. FYI, you can get it at Costco for 6.49$. Also interesting to me how good the cheaper Jorge Ordonez wines are. Jorge Ordonez is kind of controversial, just because a lot of his stuff is so new world/lots of new oak and manipulation–ie not traditional. Some of my favorites have been the cheaper ones. Alto Moncayo, Aquilon, stuff like that are all just massive oak bombs that are really expensive. This wine is a lot more pleasurable and way less money. http://jeffswineblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/2007-bodegas-luzon-jumilla-spain.html

  2. Ted – you are a saviour! I found it at Bristol Farms! They are having a Spanish month. Anyway, hope they keep it there. I bought all the bottles they had on the shelf. Also, I just realized it is 14.5 o/o alcohol. Hmmm. Thanks again!

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