Category Archives: Monastrell

2008 Wrongo Dongo Monastrell Jumilla

The new vintage on this wine came in with a new label, same silly name, but this wine delivers in so many ways. Purple garnet in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, meat, leather, herbs, spice, earth, and slight oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, good balance, bright dark fruit, wrapped in mineral and herbs, with a good meaty character, and a solid finish. Solid wine especially with the bbq.    

2007 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa

The newest hot shot wine from Jorge Ordonez that everyone is making a big deal about because it just got scored 91 points from the Wine Advocate and the distributors anticipate selling out of inside a month. A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha, and Tintorera(Alicante). On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plums, blueberry, black cherry, strawberry,…Continue Reading

2005 El NIdo Clio

Parker gave this wine 95 points, and personally I don’t agree, compared to how dense and complex the 04 was. I felt that however great this wine was it was masked in a bit too much oak to receive that high a score. 70% Monastrell 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, made by Aussie wine-maker sensation Chris Ringland,…Continue Reading

2004 Bodegas El Nido Clio

My good friend and aspiring palate, Robert, bought this wine out of my business cellar the other night, along with 3 others that were half the cost. We flipped a coin to see which one we would open. The Clio won, but more appropriately, we benefited from trying this massive wine. Perhaps the darkest black…Continue Reading