Knew immediately upon opening that this was going to be special. Superb bouquet - of intense cherries & spring flowers. Very thick & rich in both nose and mouth. Could smell slightly higher alcohol content. Smoke, oak & tobacco followed with a slight peppery zip. Became better throughout the evening. We loved it!
We had this Monastrell on a cold and windy night in the Berkeley hills with a robust Ninam Ranch beef stew. The glass before dinner was intriguing; after an hour of decanting, it was superlative - complex, engaging, and altogether yummy with both the stew and the cheese course afterward.
I am not into the "tags" as they seem a bit pretentious for me. I don't know, maybe they help others in communicating. This wine was one of the best reds I have had in a long, long time. That it is so reasonably priced doesn't factor into my evaluation but it sure factors in to my decision to have ordered a case of it after I received a bottle as a gift.
not buttery or light, heavy tannins. starts with a lot of spice leaves with a quiet warm finish.
Monestrell is normally used as a blending grape, so I didn't know what to expect. It tends to be high in tannins and very tart. Lucky for us Jumilla is one of the best regions to grow this tasty grape. Ok, I will admit that at first I was not very moved. With 14% alcohol this wine can be pretty hard to balance. On that note, make sure to let it decant for around 10 minutes. This monestrell has a deep purple color to it. A nose of prune, maple and just a touch alcoholic. Once decantered the taste was excellent. Has hints of earth, beef-jerky, charcoal and black raspberry. A strong reminder of Spanish wines. Try a bottle and enjoy!
Excellent And only 8 dollars
This is a dark colored wine with a lot of tannin that is complex and attractive to my taste.
A definitive representation of soil in Spain. The grape varietal most will not be familiar with, but the flavor from the soil is immediately recognizeable. I feel this is a superior value while others may turn up their nose. Got to try this one for sure.. Ten bucks well spent!
I bought the 2005 vintage in Dec. of 08, uncorked it tonight and found it to be quite nice. Very easy on the palate, a very nice bottle of inexpensive wine. I thought it a great value. Maybe it was the vintage or that I kept it a couple of years, have no idea but I have NO issues with this wine and wish I could buy some more. Really not sure if it is my last bottle, I have perhaps one left, hope so.
A drinkable, dry Spanish red that probably held better if tasted in earlier years. For the price, though, it's still not too bad a purchase.
very nice for $10. 3 1/2 stars
I ordered a bottle of this in mid-March and it had a really bad flavor. It wasn't wine at all. It tasted like bad port. It was very thick and cloudy and a huge amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. A previous reviewer thought he had a bad bottle and that it tasted like castor oil. I think wine.com got a bad case of this wine.
Aftertaste of Castor Oil. Tried on 2 separate days and still tastes weird.