Sierra Salinas Puerto Salinas 2009
Since I’m on a bit of a Spain tear lately, let’s tear into this ruby-fruited Spaniard that’s ready for the table and astonishingly gentle on – or downright deferential to – the budget. Produced by Bodega Salinas in the country’s eastern coastal Alicante region, the blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera and Cabernet Sauvignon displays Shiraz-like moves with its jamminess and black pepper but it’s clearly not as dense and unyielding.
I found pomegranate and plummy jam as the prime fruit tones, and there’s remarkable finesse and complexity here adding earth, sweet tobacco, tar, meaty/metallic notes and spice. With medium body and acidity, it renders a crisp, dry finish with tannic tug and a brief fruit arc over the final stretch.
There’s ample weight and structure to be fully food-ready following a solid hour of decanting. At $13.99 from the PLCB, I give the Puerto Salinas generous praise for its standout quality-to-price ratio.
A bottle to own, now.