Barahonda Carro Yecla 2011

I love road trips. I treat them as an opportunity to discover yummy restaurants and explore wine shops that have different distributors than my local shops. So when my husband and I travelled to Arlington, MA to pick up hockey equipment he had ordered, I planned on returning to a wine shop in Cambridge I enjoyed last time there, and we had reservations at a fun sounding restaurant. Upon noticing that a small Mexican restaurant with rave reviews online run by a woman and her 2 daughters was right across the street from the hockey shop, we spontaneously changed plans. A BYOB restaurant, we enthusiastically picked up a bottle at a local shop to enjoy with dinner [and of course a few more that I’m enthusiastic to give a pour to]. I happily popped open Barahonda Carro Yecla 2011 to accompany dinner of cheese enchiladas and chile relleno.

The Candela family has a winemaking history that dates back to 1925 when Pedro Candela Soriano founded a small winery in the Yecla region of eastern Spain. Today the family group encompasses the Candela family estates along with Señorio de Barahonda and Viña de Aliagar estates. The grapes were sourced from 35+ year old organically farmed vineyards located in the Campo Arriba region of Yecla.

Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of grape jam and crushed pink peppercorn. Jammy cherry and blackberry flavours joined soft earth elements in the round body, whilst black pepper and traces of cinnamon lingered between each sip. An excellent value, and a lovely blend of fresh fruit and clean spices, this is a straightforward and rewarding glass to accompany a wide variety of dishes.

50% Monastrell, 30% Syrah, 12% Merlot, 8% Tempranillo
Yecla
Spain
Bottled by Señorio de Barahonda, SL
14.5% Alcohol
$10
Enjoy now thru 2014

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