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Enrique Mendoza Estrecho Monastrell 2010

Mourvedre from Spain
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Winemaker Notes

This wine is a ruby red color wine with tints of burgundy, clean and shiny. You will find a lot of fruitful aromas that combine perfectly with the aromas given by the ageing in the barrel without these being predominant. Clearly distinguished balsamic aromas such as pine, wet soil and rosemary. Also ripped red berries, prickly pear bread, accompanied by subtle toasted touches and cedar given mainly by the ageing in the barrel.

This wine is easy to drink with grainy and soft tannins. The wine is fresh and acid, which helps it live for a long time, the alcoholic percentage is long and oily.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Moving to the Monastrell wines, the 2010 Estrecho, from dry-farmed, old-vine Monastrell planted on sandy soils, is one of my favorite wines of the region, displaying what Monastrell is capable of. It ages in 500-liter oak barrels, as Monastrell does not need any additional tannins from the wood. It has notes of tree bark, blackberries and smoke and overall feels very fresh; 2010 is a cooler vintage which produced fine wines. Medium-bodied, with fresh acidity, persistent and long. It should age well. Only 2,000 bottles produced. Drink 2014-2021.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Broad black fruit aromas show toasty oak and graphite notes in front of a fresh, fruity, juicy palate. Wild raspberry and boysenberry flavors come with lemony oak and toast accents, while the finish is full in fruit yet crisp and precise.
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Enrique Mendoza

Enrique Mendoza

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Enrique Mendoza, Spain
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This winery was born thanks to the passion for wine. And this passion has never stopped growing.

The project was forged at the end of the 70's, when Enrique Mendoza became extremely interested in the world of wine and decided to continue the tradition in "La Marina Baixa" of making wine for family consumption.

Today the first plants have transformed into two wineries, one for the aging and bottling of wine in Alfaz del Pi, from which our wines are positioned in the national and international markets. The second is in Villena ("Finca El Chaconero"), close to the "Virgen de las Virtudes" sanctuary.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.


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Full of color, ripe fruit, plenty of texture and earthy goodness, Mourvèdre is an important grape in many key regions in the south of France, as well as in Spain and the New World. Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance (there known as Monastrell or Mataro) and is the key variety in Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla. It truly thrives, however, in Provence’s Bandol region, where it shines on its own as a single varietal red and in Southern Rhône where it palys a major part in blends . It is also of great importance in the Southern Rhône alongside Grenache and Syrah—and in California and Australia, as a single varietal wine or in Rhône blends.

In the Glass

At their finest, Mourvèdre wines are robust and full of brambly red and black fruit, and aromas and flavors of herbs, leather, earth, dark chocolate and licorice. Well-aged examples can show an impressive degree of elegance and an attractive perfume. In blends with Grenache and Syrah, Mourvèdre provides fleshy texture, tannic structure and deep color.

Perfect Pairings

This earthy Mediterranean variety loves rustic food—think cassoulet, wild boar ragu or smoky ribs. Mourvèdre’s tannins are bold but not bitter, lending both weight and texture.

Sommelier Secret

Mourvèdre used to have significant plantings in California, but the vine lost popularity during the 20th century in favor of other varieties. However, in the 1980s, a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley have been working to bring the variety back into the spotlight. Plantings have since increased and Rhône blends are now a highly-regarded specialty of the Central Coast.

STC658992_2010 Item# 200279