By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2009 | Send Email
Ink in a bottle? Maybe, but don't write with it, drink it please! Monastrell, better known as Mourvèdre in France, is believed to have originated in Catalonia during the Roman occupation, migrating north and south until it found its true home in the arid, high desert plateau of Jumilla, in the Murcia province of southeastern Spain. You'd figure that any grape grown in such an impossible drought-stricken region would ripen unmercifully into an intolerably high-alcohol, raisin-faced creation, but this just isn't the case here. Because of the relatively high altitude and dry, continental climate, the ungrafted Monastrell vines in Jumilla endure extreme fluctuations in day and night temperatures, a prime factor in preserving good acidity and sugar levels while assuring perfect ripening and smooth, unaggressive tannins. Crackling with lively blackcurrant, mineral, mocha and blackberry flavors, the Altos de la Hoya is a robust, intense wine filled with great character and polish, far more sophisticated and complex that one would expect for the incredible price. The perfect answer to the midweek question of "What to drink tonight?" Or any night, in my mind. Highly recommended!
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