Sunday, October 13, 2019

Wine Review: Com Tu 2016 by René Barbier



Even though October is #MerlotMe month, and I have plenty of Merlot being featured as quickies, Spain dominates the full reviews on the website this month. I started with Cune Rioja Crianza 2016, now I'm on to René Barbier's Com Tu 2016, then it'll be Vińa Real Crianza 2016, and Vińa Lanciano Rioja Reserva 2102.

Why Com tú? It is a mixture between the Barbier philosophy and mine. It is a homage to all people, it does not matter the color of their skin, their gender, whatever face or body they have, whether they have a disability or not, whether they are rich or they live hand to mouth, whether they have studies or not. The name of the wine has to remind you that we all are the same within. We all share basic needs, those make us human, those make us equal. In summary, I am like you (Com tú), you are like me.

- Anderson Barbier Meyer

Even though this is a new project for René Barbier, the Com Tu estate in Monstant, Spain, was founded in 1979 and the vines that produce this wine are 35 to 50 years old on red clay and limestone soil. It's 100% Garnatxa (AKA Garnacha and Grenache) and spent 18 months in a foudre, which is a large wooden cask. It's not often around these parts that you see a $55 bottle from this grape unless it's from Rhone Valley, so I'm very interested in seeing what's up!

The color of the wine is a gorgeous ruby red. On the nose there's aromas of raspberries, strawberries, chocolate, eucalyptus, fine black table pepper, and orange peel. Oh man, that is a wonderful and complex nose. On the palate it's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel, salivating but not tangy acidity, and fine grainy tannin. There's flavors of raspberries, blackberries, chocolate, a concrete minerality, and oak. The finish is boozy and savory and excellent, with flavors of raspberries, blackberries, eucalyptus, and oak. Delicious!

Oh yeah, man. This is absolutely worth the money. It's powerful and full of personality and love. I'm about to go dry for a bit (don't worry, I'm still reviewing, just a lot of spitting and sad dumping) but I gotta drink this one up before I start!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $55
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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