2011 Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Monastrell Alicante
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.