2011 Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Monastrell Alicante

SKU #1112484 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Straightforward red fruit flavors show good energy and pick up a musky, earthy quality with air. Jammy raspberry and cherry on the supple palate; very pliant if somewhat shapeless. Finishes smooth and a bit warm, with no obvious tannins and a hint of licorice. Plenty of lush fruit here but I'd like a bit more definition.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Here is a perfect example of what Spain's many lesser-known D.O.s are capable of when good vineyards are combined with sensible, traditionally-minded work in the cellar. Composed of 100% Monastrell, this wine is all black olives and meaty, savory characteristics on the nose, with a savory dark fruited palate that also boasts balanced acidity, very good minerality and a discreet orange peel aspect on the finish. Wine made from Monastrell grapes, picked at the right time, fermented and aged in 80-year-old oak foudres, sure does taste good. Try this with braised meat.

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Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2012 | Send Email
This is the type of wine I am always on the look out for. Interesting, honest, food-friendly and incredibly affordable! A great balance of dark fruit and savor, this wine is light on its feet due to its refreshing acidity. I just found my new table wine!

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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 (%): 14.5