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 Finca Luzon Monastrell Jumilla Spain

Although my review is somewhat biased because I have long thought this is one of the best $10 wines on the market, I am able to keep my objectivity. Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, loaded with dark berry fruit, almost stewed, with lots of dried herbs, meat stick, with some creamy oak spice, and a chalky soil minerality. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium tannin, medium acidity, I was left with the feeling that this wine was near perfectly constructed, with just the right amount of all the layers to feel complete, with good balance, and a descent finish for a $10 wine. I love this wine with meat of the grill, and it reminds me of $20 Zinfandel or Shiraz.

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 delicious.    

2008 Verasol Monastrell Jumilla

Verasol MCSjPurple 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.    

2007 Wrongo Dongo Jumilla

wrongo 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 intensity, very jammy berry compote, medium tannins, medium acidity, solid finish. Not the most complex wine but packed with good flavors for this price.    

2006 El Nido Clio Jumilla

clio70% 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 fruit, monstrous wine that more people should know about. Finish lasted over a minute. This is a serious wine that would crush Napa wines three times the price.    

2007 Daniel Belda Ponsalet Tinto Monastrell Valencia Spain

daniel_belda 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 guzzler”.