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Heron Wines Sexto 2007

It’s always an adventure stopping by a wine shop that I don’t usually frequent. Many times I see the same wines at slightly higher prices then what my favourite 3 shops have them priced at. But other times, I find a shop with very different distributors and a diverse [although typically more limited] selection. I was delighted when this occurred a couple of weeks back, I walked into the shop and immediately saw 2 bottles that I wanted to try, one of which being Heron Wines Sexto 2007.  Laely Heron is an American winemaker that consistently produces “Best Buy” wines and top “By the Glass” wines. Sexto [meaning sixth in Spanish] refers to Garnacha Peluda, which was the 6th grape she added to this blend. It’s her first release from her Spanish venture, Bodega 3 Sueños located in Terra Alta. Her mission with this bottling was to create “a wine that is at the same time original, traditional, and has a modern twist”.

Brilliant garnet in colour, after aerating a bit of alcohol scent still lingered, but for the most part it was happily overshadowed by a lovely chocolate-covered strawberry aroma. Strawberry and raspberry flavours abounded in the full body, whilst black tea tannins added a solid structure. The lengthy finish unfolded with smoky cedar notes, entwined by lush plum and rich mocha elements. Straightforward and pleasant, it does prefer a meal to release its more subtle earthiness and smoky spice notes.
33% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 20% Tempranillo, 6% Garnacha Peluda, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah
Terra Alta
Produced by EMB.4815-T, 43780 Spain for Bodegas 3 Sueños
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

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