Spain has been really hot for wines. Value is certainly part of the reason for that, but there are also some tremendous and very interesting wines from Spain — and the quality of Spanish wines has really improved as well.
El Nido Clio is a great example of why people are so excited about Spanish wines. Clio is a Spanish wine with Australian heritage. As noted by Jay Miller in the Wine Advocate, the consulting winemaker at Bodegas El Nido is Chris Ringland of Barossa Valley fame.
Clio is a Cabernet and Monastrell (Mourvedre) blend. Very forward, lush with great mouth feel, liquid velvet with hints of cherry, oak, some forest floor. Some people will classify this as a fruit bomb, but I would add that I think it is somewhat restrained and elegant.
The 2004 was a huge seller and hard to find. The 2005 has been released and ranges from $35 to $48 dollars. I would buy this wine in significant quantities — it drinks well young and can be put down 8-10 years. It is one of the best wines and wine values out of Spain. I would put it in the top 25 wines for the money category.
Wine Advocate Notes
The 2004 Clio is 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 70% Monastrell (from 63-year-old vines) which received malolactic fermentation in new oak followed by 26 months of aging in new French and American barriques. A glass-coating opaque purple, it exhibits a sensational nose of earth, mushroom, leather, blueberry, and blackberry jam. On the palate the wine is supple-textured, complex, with vibrant flavors of spicy blue and black fruits and a big-time WOW factor. This is a totally hedonistic effort with exceptional length and balance. It is remarkably light on its feet for such a powerful wine.” – Wine Advocate # 169 Feb 2007 Jay Miller – 97 pts