The 2008 Mas Elena is a blend of 61% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Now some of you are probably thinking to yourself, "That doesn't sound particularly Spanish." And you'd be right...sort of. While many Cabernet and Merlot plantings in Spain are young, the grapes have a long history in Penedes. And even though the grapes originally hail from France the wine still has a distinctly Spanish flavor. It has dark red fruit notes along with hints of spices from the oak and a really terrific herbal note. There is a strong and inviting nose which shows notes of sour cherry and smoke with a little black pepper. The palate is a bit more subdued but still has the taste of strawberries with black pepper taste and retains some of that smokiness.
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