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2008 AN/2, Bodega Anima Negra, Majorca, Spain

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Red wines from Spain often happen to be a bit too modern for my taste: too oaky, overly fruity, basically just very exchangeable in a New World sense of wine. But if one looks a bit off the beaten path, some very interesting and authentic bottles can be found.

On the island of Majorca for example, the renewal of local wine growing is happening with a focus on exciting indigenous varieties and barrel ageing is often employed in a smarter unostentatious way.
AN/2 for example, the second wine of Bodega Anima Negra is made from the varieties Callet, Montonegre and Fogoneu and despite having spent 12 months in oak barrels doesn’t show the repulsive vanilla aromatics that are covering up so many Spanish wines.

The employed varieties account for a nearly ink-black wine with fruit aromatics and enough depth. At the same time, just the right amount of oak is used to smoothen out tannins and back up the pure expression of this very local cuvée. Not only black fruit aromatics find its way to the nose and palate but also secondary flavours like herbs and leather notes as well as a nice freshness and slight minerality.

And even without the generic modern type profile it is certainly a good crowd pleaser: enough juicy fruit for the fun- or casual wine drinker but at the same time enough depth and complexity for the wine geek. Maybe a bit too costy for an everday wine at about 15 Euro but if you want to be on the safe side it’s a good investment.

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