2014didored2014 Sara Perez i Rene Barbier Venus La Universal “Dido” Montsant Tinto, Spain.
The brilliant Sara Perez Dido red is drinking wonderfully at the moment, very impressive with delicacy and fine length showing good acidity and floral details. Grown on granite soils and in dramatic conditions with tiny yields, this certainly is a terroir driven wine of force, class and vitality. 2014, a cool year highlights the savory elements and spice along with vibrant red fruits really makes this a superb wine with lovely freshness and pure fruit character. This 2014 Dido starts with flinty/mineral spice, dried violets, minty/basil and blackberry along with plum, raspberry and hints of blueberry that fills this wine out with beautiful complexity. Medium to full bodied this Montsant red, a blend of co-fermented Garnacha and Syrah along with a little Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon added too, is a killer value and should evolve nicely for many years to come. The Dido line from Sara Perez and Rene Barbier really delivers quality and style at a fair price, especially this red, but also the white, which is lively and richly flavored as well.
($22 Est.) 91-93 Points, grapelive

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