2009 Artadi Viñedos de El Seque Alicante

SKU #1081282 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (90% monastrell and 10% syrah): Opaque violet color. Enticing aromas of cherry-cola, black raspberry, potpourri and Asian spices. Very ripe but fresh and energetic, with excellent clarity to its sweet dark berry and spice flavors. Juicy, penetrating and long on the finish, with the spice and floral notes echoing.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

Alicante is perhaps best known as a university town, and by extension, a beach and party destination for students, but the town and surrounding area has more to offer. The wines from here are some of the more intriguing values in Spain these days. Monastrell is the lead grape in this region, blended in this case with syrah and cabernet. A chewy nose of dark fruit and licorice rope leads to a straightforward, tasty palate of ripe dark fruited wine. This balanced, medium-bodied example also shows a hint of mineral towards the finish. This is very good stuff to throw into the mix for your weekday value wine consideration. 90% Monastrell, 10% Syrah.

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2011 | Send Email
What great value wine. Great black fruit, beautiful aroma! Kiss by the Mediterranean sun.

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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.