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.