2014 Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Monastrell Alicante

SKU #1265347

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. In this case, the wine is fermented and aged in a single large vat, or cono, known as "cono 4." Composed of 100% Monastrell, this wine has a fresh, dark cherry-fruited palate with subtle dark licorce notes and surprisingly fresh acidity for Monastrell from this sun drenched Mediterranean area of Spain. Try this with braised meat or lamb, or alternatively a hearty chicken and rice dish; Alicante is paella central so rice dishes just seem to make sense with this wine. Rabbit and snail paella for the ambitious and adventurous, otherwise your more straight ahead chicken and mussels version would be fine as well. (Joe Manekin, Spanish wine buyer)

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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