Dried dates and figs, honey, rosemary, lavender, bay and dried animal hide, angelica and licorice. Guess it’s a monastrell?! Gently balsamic redwood, road-kill and the road on which it landed - the tar of Monastrell. It has cherry and toffee apple, lifted over dark soil and black rock aromas. It’s a perfect varietal example, yes, but it is delicious wine first and foremost, dark, soft and satisfying, but never heavy, with nice lift, surprising length and a fresh spicy exit. ‘La Tremenda’ is the single-vineyard name.
has a strong and savory bouquet of mixed red and black fruit, lots of dried herbs and a dash of leather. Tasting the wine reveals jammy mixed berries, dried herbs, and some good prominent tannins. (Prominent, but not overdone by any means.) This is a very good, rich wine with some savory smoky notes. The finish is long, dry and spicy with a bit of mocha, some earthiness and a little dark berry. Viva la Monastrell!