2003 Primitivo Quiles "Raspay" Tinto Alicante

SKU #1047329

Made from low-yielding 100% monastrell grapes grown in this exceptional winemaking region and produced in small batches using traditional techniques before being aged in old oak barrels and then, for a longer period, in bottle. An intense, jammy and richly woody bouquet. In the mouth, this is mellow, rounded, mature and full-flavored with hints of subtle wood, spices and ripe fruit. Ideally suited to lamb, stews and pork.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2009 | Send Email
The last vintage this wine was the K&L staff wine of the year. This release is from the riper 2003 vintage and I think it's going to appeal to the general public a bit more. The flavors are rich, intense, and almost caramelized like a fine Port. The oak is there to support it and the finish is almost Sherry-like. It's always an experience with Primitivo Quiles and I think you all will agree after tasting this bottle.

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 14