The usually multi-regional yet ever reliable Three Monks Cabernet Merlot was sourced entirely from Taltarni's traditional Pyrenees home in 2006. 1% of petit verdot was also thrown into the cabernet sauvignon (55%) and merlot (44%) blend.
Possibly a shade more developed in colour than anticipated, Taltarni's 2006 Three Monks opens to a dusty nose with leafy scents of tobacco, crushed leaves, olives and spicy cedar oak. Silky on entry and medium-full bodied, the savoury palate shows essentially the same, perhaps earlier maturing characters as the nose, but it does finish long, lively, dry and freshly fruited in typical Taltarni fashion, with a firm structure of gritty, rustic tannins suggesting it has plenty of life yet.
ü Firm, savoury, rustic and dry; this cellar worthy red is clearly marked by Taltarni's stamp of approval. Drink to 2016.