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Gutierrez de la Vega Vina Ulises 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A “Not Bad” Spanish red.

Producer/Winery: Felipe and Pilar Gutierrez de la Vega; Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega; Parcent, Spain

Grape Variety: Blend – 60% Garnacha and 40% Monastrell.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Alicante, Spain.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $16.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Chicken with salsa and cheese.

Tasting:

    Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Clear, dark ruby red color with a lighter brown/red color rim. Cherry, plum and damp wood aromas (with alcohol on the first and second pours). Somewhat smooth and zesty mouthfeel, medium body and an 80-grit texture. Exploding fruity flavors of cherry, current and boysenberry with an unusual mineral background. Overabundance of edgy acidity, light under developed tannins that begin to show some grip in the medium-length bitter and very fruity finish. Not very well balanced and not a wine we would rush to have again, even though we have another bottle. At best it was a “Not Bad” Spanish red.

Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega vineyard near the Mediterranean coast
Photo from Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega.

Comments: Learn more about Gutierrez de la Vega and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 14%

Closure: 38mm reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Llaurador Wines; Fairfax, California.