Romeo Romeo Where Art Thou? Excellent Value Spanish Wine

“Romeo Romeo Where art thou?” Not from Verona in this case!

Well Romeo is from Jumilla in Spain.

Ruby coloured. On the nose blackberry and black cherry rule the roost. There is also a bit of smoky tobacco and a tad of blueberry. On the palate minimal tannins making it a decent sipper. On the palate cherry pie from small country diner in small town Ontario home baked. And on the nose blackberry and black cherry all coming together in a moderately long finish. Why not start off bbq season with this. Not a strong-willed wine wanting to take sides with the Capulets or Montagues but would he happy with grilled spring lamb from Ontario with lots of fresh grilled Ontario asparagus drizzled with oyster sauce, olive oil and sesame seed oil.

Best to drink within next couple of years as I see no benefit from ageing.

A fine example of a smooth Spanish wine. The label states this is made from the main grape in Jumilla called Monastrell a grape indigenous to Spain. I think it is a bit too classy to get involved in a romantically based spat.

(, Bodegas Alceño, Jumilla, Spain, $16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 16590, 14%, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100).

James Suckling gives it a 93 rating. Suckling and I are fairly close in our ratings but he usually is a bit more generous. I am almost always exactly in tune with Wine Enthusiast’s Roger Voss. It is not the ratings that matter so much but those given by those who best match your taste.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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