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Oh boy.  Sometimes "things" (vins) accumulate down in the cellar and one forgets (??) what lays buried beneath....  One wood six pack box can look just like another even to a so-called professional.

A bit of slumber in a cool space hasn't impaired these tasty triumphs one bit.  Ancient - not merely "old" - vines is the key element here.  Comprised from forty-five percent each Grenache and Carignan, the remainder split equally between Syrah and Mourvedre.   Skipping past a lack-lustre '04, these wines displayed a common signature;  Rustic flavors, an exotic sniff of earthy intrigue and g-r-e-a-t balance on the palate.  Those qualities plus, or maybe adding up, to an effort showing real soul.  On this night, the consensus picks were 2007 closely followed by the 2005 with disparate nods for third.  A measure of the Muntada's majesty, was that every year appealed to some one.

I went through Calce years back and it was fun to relive the memory.  When you consider what is "standard" in the region, Muntada is truly off-the-charts!  They were well, almost Burgundian.

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