2021 Clio MAG Bodegas El Nido

2021 Clio MAG Bodegas El Nido

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Bodegas El Nido's 2021 Clio may be their best iteration yet-- showcasing the terroir of Jumilla, the famed region in southeastern Spain, through the joyous fruit flavors that Monastrell (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) can impart. Of course we have to (again) mention that this comes from the Gil Family Estates family of fine wines-- a name we look for when perusing Spanish wines in general.

The nose is filled with mixed red and black berries, cherries and blackberries, with vibrant scents of minerality, hillside brush and black licorice. A hint of balsamic and dark spices add even more depth. Upon tasting, the fruit is reiterated but kept supple and lively due to excellent structure-- smooth tannins and medium acidity that uplifts the wine (making it a superb, versatile pairing partner with food: charcuterie, hard cheeses, game, tacos, empanadas, etc.) and keeps it light on the palate-- not heavy. The cherries and dark berries are in the foreground with dark chocolate, red licorice and mixed spice making for an amazing supporting cast. The fruit flavors last and last in the finish, aided by notes of spice and earthy wood. Serious and seriously excellent wine. We had one more glass when arriving home from work paired with a simple marinara pasta with meatballs and parmesan and life was so good!