2012 Viñedos Culturales "Ramblis" Monastrell Alicante

SKU #1135870

Proprietor Rafa Bernabé has been farming and producing wines in the Alicante region for a while now, having developed a solid reputation locally in particular for his Monastrell wines. Recently, though, Bernabé has become enamored with both traditional farming methods of indigenous grape varieties, as well as ancestral methods of wine production (for example, Rafa experiments with amphora for a few of his wines, and was recently visiting Georgia for a symposium on the topic). These are wines made from organic grapes, fermented with native yeasts, with zero to minimal levels of SO2 added prior to bottling. All of the wines under his Viñedos Culturales label are not merely original or outside the box for Spain (though they are certainly, at times, just that) but oftentimes delicious, bright and gluggable in a way that makes them worth discovering. Here we have wine made from 60-70 year old Monastrell planted at 700 meters of elevation, aged for six months in one- to four-year-old French oak barrels. Deliciously dark fruited (but not at all inky), oaky, blackberry-licorice liqueur-ish type Monastrell the likes of which Australians are making nearby. This is real wine from the south of Spain; if you don't know you better ask somebody. It's time to catch up and drink some Bernabé! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Mourvedre

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
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