I was delighted to find a Martin Sarmiento 2003 Bierzo in Majestic. I’d cycled through Bierzo in 2003on my way to Santiago, stopping in Villa Franca del Bierzo because I felt horribly ill. Having stuffed myself silly on seafood the previous evening I was dealing with the unattractive consequences of an upset stomach full of squid ink.
The surrounding countryside was fabulous, and the vineyards inviting.
This wine was bright and a lively red. Attractively fruity it had plenty of cherries and redcurrants and raspberries, soften by just enough smooth vanilla oak.
It was an interesting change, as a well balanced, food friendly wine. Again, I suspect my sentiment may have an influence on my perception of the wine, but that is really the point of wine for me.