RKS Wine: Equilibrio 4 and the Penniless Pensioner Tries to Regain His Equilibrium

PP has had it rough. The good life with gorgeous women, fancy cars, a luxurious penthouse condominium, exotic travel and very costly wines. Then that costly association with Bernie Madoff that resulted in criminal charges which were later dropped but PP spent his fortune on a crack legal team to defend him. He called me a few days ago in a bit of a rage. He had received a catalogue from an auctioneer of fine wines and he swore he recognized some of the wines as those being in his cellar before he had to sell all of his wines to pay his legal bills. Clearly he had lost his equilibrium so I suggested I try the Equilibrio 4 a Monastrell from  the Jumilla region in Spain and awarded a 91 by James Suckling one of PP’s wine gurus. And the wine is organic which PP refers to as “hogwash”

Spaniards drink an average of 24 litres of wine. But on recent visits there I noticed the younger generation was consuming beer as much as wine.

Although it has a black cherry colour to it there is a purplish tinge to it. I am expecting a robust wine. On the nose loaded with blueberry, blackberry with a bit of raisin pie and pinecones. I haven’t seen raisin pie in years but it was big in Montreal when I was hitting my teens. I remember well its smell. On the palate the big wallop of tannins I was expecting is not there. Instead I get a full bodied yet smooth wine. On the palate predominately blackberry with a medium finish. I’d say try with an oxtail soup while watching bullfights on the television.

I will add PP called me after his outburst and apologized and said he was enjoying his low budget wine adventure and surprisingly said, “At one point in time I simply became bored with these trophy wines. There was a sameness to them. I am excited about fishing in the sludge for a cheap wine that can kick ass.” I didn’t respond but thought go low budget long enough and you might experience that boredom. Don’t kick a man when he is down.

(Equilibrio 4, Jumilla DOP, Bodega Sierra Norte, Spain, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 18930, 750 mL, 14.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 89/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (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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