Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Winechat: Monastrell

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. 

Casa Castillo 2011 MonastrellJuan Gil Monastrell

Tasting Notes:
Casa 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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1 comment:

  1. I need to get to know Spanish wines...I think a trip would be the best way!