Category Archives: Monastrell/Mourvedre

2009 Tarima Hill Monastrell

This rocked my wine world the other night. Dark and monstrous black and red cherry fruit wrapped in a oaky and spice laden package. Perhaps the best $15 retail wine I have ever tried. DO you like bbq? Because this would kill it with bbq, or anything off the grill, it reminded me of the best Zinfandel I have ever tried but better.

2008 Mark Ryan Winery “Crazy Mary” Mourvedre Red Mountain

Ruby garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, beautiful ripe red fruit, raspberry, black raspberry, cherry, dried herbs, spice, some oak, and,no earth to speak to. On the palate it was dry, very luxurious creamy texture, medium acidity, layered with pretty vanilla and milk shake component, on a nice finish. Not competitively priced but…Continue Reading

2008 Verasol Monastrell Jumilla

Purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plums, blackberry, cherry, meat, smoke, dried herbs, lots of dried earth, and not oaky. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, stewed fruit component, muscular wine, with medium+ tannins, medium+ acidity, with moderate length on the finish. Excellent $10 retail wine.    Continue Reading

2007 Wrongo Dongo Jumilla

While having one of the more retarded names I have seen in the wine biz, it’s whats in the bottle that’s important. 100% Monastrell. Dark purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, wild dark berries, strawberry, roasted meat, pepper, herby, not oaky, and a nice freshly tilled soil earthiness. On the palate, dry, medium…Continue Reading

2006 El Nido Clio Jumilla

70% Monastrell 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Black purple in color of the highest intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, dense black fruit, plums, black cherry, meat, briary component, herbs, mineral, tar, spice, some oak, some earth too. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ tannins, medium acidity, similar flavors as nose, beautifully integrated spice and…Continue Reading

2007 Daniel Belda Ponsalet Tinto Monastrell Valencia Spain

Very interesting easy drinker that would blow people’s minds at a party. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, bright red fruit, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, hay, meat, herbs, and spice, some oak, and some earthy. On the palate, dry, expressive juicy fruit, big time vanilla, spice, silky tannins, moderate finish. I wrote in my notes “a…Continue Reading