Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Gorú “Mad Hairy Fella”

Every now and then you see a wine label and you simply have to buy the bottle. The price tag on Gorú red wine from Spain was reasonable, so I took the gamble. Was the risk worth it?

100% YES!

I have been on a win-streak lately with Spanish wines. Gorú is a delicious blend of Monastrell, Syrah, and Petit Verdot, with aromas of licorice, plum and cherry. This is a purplish garnet in the glass, with smooth and fruity flavors of blackberry and blueberry, balanced with dark chocolate and a spicy acidity, with more dark chocolate on a long finish. I was very surprised that a wine this good was only $9.99. You can find it at Jungle Jim’s locally, and may I suggest you buy several bottles? Not only is this a Silver medal winner at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards, but it is averaging 90 points for the 2015 vintage.

Fun fact: Monastrell sounds like an exotic grape, but it’s actually known in France as Mourvedre, and occasionally in California and Australia as Mataro.

So what’s the deal with the “Mad Hairy Fella” on the label? According to local legend, there really was a guy named Gorú back in the day with a reputation for illicit behaviour. He was “hard to tame, Don Juan-esque, and a little bit dangerous.”

On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, the Gorú red wine from Ego Bodegas rates 4 corks!

If you’d like to try interesting wines like this, please join me at our next private wine party coming soon! Every month I host a three course wine dinner, featuring delicious wines expertly paired with small plate meals prepared by a master chef. There are always cool prizes to win, too. Listen Wednesdays at 4:15 for more details!

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