Last Monday was “Blue Monday.” Not to be confused, of course, with “Orange Wednesday” or “Black Friday!” The third Monday of the year has now been given this title (who names these days?) because it’s when we feel at our lowest ebb. The nights are still long and the excitement of Christmas and New Year is over.
While it’s not good to turn to a tipple to overcome the blues; how about a cheery wine label to momentarily lift the gloom? A good idea I thought. The Analyst disagreed saying “I would never pick up a bottle with a showy label like that!” So, Bajondillo 2011 Méntrida had some ground to make up.
This wine is produced by Jiménez-Landi in Mentrida, which is south west of Spain’s capital Madrid. It’s a blend of Grenache (called Garnacha in Spain) and Syrah, with the grapes being grown organically.
Bright ruby in colour, from the moment your nose hovers over the glass, this wine seems all about juicy fruit. Aromas of cherries and spicy plums are followed by similar flavours which linger really well. Lovely mouth-watering acidity and tannins which don’t get in the way make this wine a pleasant drop. Its alcohol level is 14.5% but it doesn’t feel like that, it’s much fresher while being a bit peppery too.
We drank this alongside some homemade tapas-y bits. The juicy acidity cutting through the rather oily chorizo. You could just have a glass on its own too but somehow to me it seems quite a foodie wine.
Bajondillo 2011 Méntrida is available from Independent wine merchants such as The Good Wine Shop (where I work part time), Grape and Grind, Quaff and also the Wine Society. It costs between £12 and £7.50.
By the way, The Analyst was won over by the wine in spite of the label, which is by a local Spanish artist and friend of the winemakers Daniel and José.
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