Bodegas Murtia Carmine Monastrell 2008
Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
STYLE: Full bodied red
COLOR: Deep dark ruby
BOUQUET: Fine, fresh berry fruit and well-integrated oak
FLAVOR: Smooth, balanced, silky dark cherries
VARIETIES: Monastrell 80% Syrah 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
Monastrell from 40 year old vines, bush planted
YIELD: Less than 3 ton per hectare
VINEYARD: Canada del Cerro Blanco. Sedimentary soil rich in granite.
Hand harvest. Grapes fermented without crushing them first.
AGING: 8 months in new French and American Oak casks (50-50). Malolactic in the barrels.
Wine & Spirits - "Still youthful, this shows its potential in a core of ripe red fruit supported by a thick net of spicy tannin. The texture is generous, the flavors fresh. A textbook example of monastrell to cellar for four or five years, then serve with braised wild boar."
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Notable FactsThe grape Monestrell (known as Mourvedre in France) is making an impact here, taking up over 80% of the vineyard land and producing wines of dense fruit and spice character. It snagged the common partner syrah for blending, as well as the international grape, Merlot. Monestrell takes well to the flat vineyards and rocky soils that retain heat. The red wines from Jumilla are full-bodied wines with flavors of black fruits and plums. Rosés of the Monestrell grape are refreshing and fruity.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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9 ratings, 3 with reviewswine educator - Newport, OR47/13/2012WOW! Smooth, full, and friendly. Enjoy with your next meal.45/24/2012naidimr - Kenosha, WI34/22/201242/28/2012excellent body - full and smooth21/3/2012
This was by far one of the most overrated wine's I have ever had in my entire life. From start to finish the Carmine Monastrell seemed to get worse and worse with each glass. This tasted like wine somebody made in a basement from grapes grown in a basement. Next time, just move right past this bottle and never look back. Smooth & Supple is what it was supposed to be - bold and horrible is what it tasted like.Kortney McKenna - Old Bridge, NJ412/30/2011red guy - Minneapolis, MN412/17/2011Roses Sullivan - Jamestown, RI310/29/201139/25/2011
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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