Last week's #winechat (led by Cindy Rynning of Grape Experiences) focused on Monastrell from the Spanish region of Murcia, which has 52% Monastrell-4th most planted red in Spain. DO Jumilla produces the best known wines of Murcia -- soft, balanced wines of high quality. Monastrell is also known as Mataró and Mourvèdre, grown in France, Spain, California, Washington State, and Australia.
Like 50 States Of Wine on FacebookCasa Castillo 2011 Monastrell: beautiful dark ruby red; bright red fruit, orange blossom, and cherry aromas; prune and vanilla flavors; tannic finish. Young vines, up to 22 years , in sandy clay soils, then 6 months in French oak barrels, 3-4 years old, 500 liters. SRP $10
Juan Gil 2011 Jumilla Red Wine: dark ruby red; leather and red berry aromas; dark berries and vanilla flavors; round mouthfeel with slight tannic bite; smooth finish. 100% Monastrell, 40 year old vines; grapes whole-cluster macerated sur lie for 25 days; aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. SRP $14
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