Novembre 2011 Red Wine BlendNovembre 2011 Red Wine Blend from Penedès (DO), Spain.

Vintage: 2011

I stumbled upon this interesting red wine blend thanks to my friends at WineAwesomeness always seeking out unique, tasty and cost effective wines.  The Novembre 2011 red wine is a 50% Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), 25% Cabernet Sauvignon & 25% Garnatxa (Greneche / Garnacha) blend.  It’s also a Crianza, spending 3 months of its aging in oak casks.  Produced in the Catalonia region of Penedès, Spain (Denominació d’Origen) by La Vida al Camp, the grapes that went into this wine come from one of the most ancient wine growing areas in all of Europe and were grown using 100% organic methods.

Novembre 2011 Red Wine Tasting Notes

On the nose, Novembre emits unique aromatic notes of red clay, ripe black cherry and subtle plum.  In the glass, it has a purdy dark cherry hue with raspberry-esque translucency around the edges.  This wine is light-bodied, which, considering the concentration of grapes used to make it, may be surprising to some.  Despite its lightness, allow it to breath for a couple of minutes.  On the opening palate, the Novembre 2011 hits you with a rusticness that I personally don’t get to experience often enough.  Bitter black cherry, plum and wild yellow pepper spice hit simultaneously, while well-rounded tannins balance the earth and fruit notes.  The wine continues to maintain its light body and tannin structure mid-palate, where more smoke, earth and mineral notes become evident.  Wild underbrush, tobacco, mushroom and bright red fruit notes become more prominent.  Towards the finish, you can really taste the cold minerality while ripe red cherry and herbs close the wine with a smooth short finish.

Where Can I Buy the Novembre 2011 Red Wine Blend?

The easiest, and cheapest way to get access Novembre 2011 is through WineAweomeness.  It’s per bottle on their website and they’ll deliver it to your doorstep whenever you want.  If you use my Wineawesomeness link, you’ll get your first delivery free and only pay shipping & handling.

Conclusions

All in all, this is a very drinkable red wine from a well regulated and highly regarded, ancient region of Spain.  The wine itself is not meaty, but rather maintains a bony structure with a beautiful combination of complex, rustic and aromatic notes.  Let it breath a little bit before drinking, and consider keeping Novembre chilly (around 62 degrees Fahrenheit).  Allowing some of the acid and ethanol to briefly evaporate will give it a smoother feel.  This wine does have a 14% ABV.

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