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Enrique Mendoza Las Quebradas Monastrell 2014

Mourvedre from Spain
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Winemaker Notes

Las Quebradas is a remarkable expression of Monastrell. Full-bodied with an explosion of dark fruits, black pepper, and thyme that unfold into a long, impressive finish.

Pairs well with rich fare such as beef shortribs, marinated pork shoulder, or a vegetable stirfry tossed with soy sauce.

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RP 93
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The 2014 Las Quebradas is pure Monastrell is named after the vineyard it comes from—a chalk-rich, stony vineyard with very poor soils, located at 500 meters altitude and planted with 1,500 vines per hectare, all dry-farmed and head-pruned. It matured in French oak barrels for 15 months. It has the calcaire character, very much about the soil. 2014 is a ripe year, but they work in the vineyard to be able to harvest the grapes earlier, and the wine has beautiful balance. It has already developed some aromas, and even if it’s still young and should develop further in bottle, it is already very pleasant and shows complexity.
Rating: 93+
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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.

Mourvedre

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Never lacking in color, tannin, or bold, mouth-filling texture, Mourvèdre is most commonly deployed to provide substance in blends with Grenache and Syrah/Shiraz. Despite being better known by its French name, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, originally known as Monastrell. In Spain, it is one of the most commonly planted red grapes, serving as the principal variety in regions such as Alicante, Jumilla, and Yecla. It truly thrives, however, in Provence’s Bandol region, where it produces singular red and rosé wines along with Grenache and [Cinsault]. It is also of great importance in the Southern Rhône alongside Grenache and Syrah—and in California and Australia, where those blends are frequently mimicked.

In the Glass

Mourvèdre/Monastrell is responsible for robust, heady wines with dark berry fruit and a somewhat gamey quality. At its finest, it takes on brambly red and black fruit flavors and hints of herbs, leather, dark chocolate, and licorice. It can be prohibitively tannic in its youth, but 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 the wine the weight and texture it needs to pair with such hearty fare.

Sommelier Secret

Mourvèdre used to have significant plantings in California, but it was unfashionable and its presence was quickly declining in the late 20th century. In the 1980s, a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley (aptly named the Rhône Rangers) brought the variety back into the spotlight. Plantings have since increased and “GSM” blends are now a highly-regarded specialty of the Central Coast.

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