Don’t you love wines that rhymes?
Anyway, to pair with his sambal chicken and tomato dish (spices courtesy of NTUC Fairprice) the night before, Jeff picked out a bottle from his fast dwindling Spanish collection, the 2003 Lamilla Jumilla. The wines stood up well enough against the spicy meal. His verdict:
Smooth; soft and velvety body with hints of spiciness, pepper and black cherries.
The wine also garnered 91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
The 2003 La Milla is 100% Monastrell from 60- to 80-year-old vines in Jumilla. The wine was aged for 8 months in used French and American oak and bottled unfiltered and unfined. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up exuberant aromas of Asian spice, soy, asphalt, blueberry and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is super-ripe, supple-textured, and layered with no hard edges. The finish is long and pure. Again, I’d opt for a year or two in bottle to allow further evolution but the wine is irresistible now. It is also a killer value.