Mad Dogs & Englishmen Cabernet Shiraz Monastrell 2003
Winemaker William Long, successfully partnered with Guy Anderson, and this new collaboration promises to bring the best of Spanish wines to the forefront in America. William is an Englishman that has been making wine in Spain for 10 years. The climate is very different in Spain compared to England and when discussing this vintage he quoted the great Noel Coward saying: "it's so hot you need to be either mad or an Englishman to work here." For the label, William selected a friendly face from his boyhood in England with the picture of a Jack Russell terrier.
Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.