The heat-loving Monastrell is known as Mourvèdre in France's Rhone valley. Jumilla records show that Monastrell was used at least as early as the 15th century. Like the Rhone, Jumilla gets extremely hot during the summer days, but because of the 1,500 foot elevation, nights are very cool. This allows the grapes to become physiologically ripe, yet maintain their acidity.
"Inky purple. Deep, smoky, seductively perfumed bouquet of dark berries, macerated cherries, licorice and Indian spices. Powerful blackberry and cassis flavors are surprisingly lively, with notes of black cardamom and candied violet adding complexity. A zesty note of cracked pepper adds snap to the long, spicy, subtly sweet finish. Once again, this is probably the top value I found in my annual tastings of new releases from Spain. Some of the vines in this plot reportedly date back to 1872."
International Wine Cellar
This may be my new fave varietal - lush, fruity yet dry, not overly tannic and pleasingly complex. Had not tried Mourvedre before so I don't know if it's the grape or this vineyard's prep, but it's a winner!
excellent red wine for its price, not as full bodied as a rioja but the wood like sweeter taste works wonderfully with rich beef cuts like a steak poivre and/or blue cheese.
Based on taste, this wine is worth more than the selling price. It has a very smooth taste and not overpowering. I didn't give 5 stars because I have tasted similar wines that were a bit more complex. Still, very good.