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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2014 Albero Monastrell

It's always fun to taste these little gems from Jumilla because they often represent such great value. Monastrell also known as Mourvèdre is of course the signature of the region that is located in the hills just west of Spain's Mediterranean coast near Valencia. This wine is made with certified organic grapes.

On the nose the wine displays some notes
of red raspberry, red licorice, pencil lead, and a touch of green/earth. To be completely honest the wine lacks real depth on the nose and has just a bit of that cheap wine smell....almost like it's been touched a bit too much with sulfur. To it's credit that smell lessens with time in the glass.

On the palate the wine delivers much of the same slight hints of red raspberry and a somewhat bitter and slightly green pencil lead. The wine is light and somewhat thin and to be sure it falls short of expectation. I have had Monastrell from the region show twice as good for a few dollars more. 78 Points
 
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