2015 Los Frailes Monastrell Valencia

SKU #1271644 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is also a red unoaked 2015 Monastrell kept in cement until bottling where it underwent malolactic after fermenting in stainless steel. It's a nice ruby color, not too dark, with a nose still redolent from the reductive media where it was fermented and possibly the recent bottling. With time it developed some meaty notes not that far from what you often find in northern Rhône reds. The palate is medium-bodied with some tannins to stand up to food. (LG)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

Produced from organically cultivated Monastrell in the D.O. of Valencia, this stainless steel fermented and aged red is delicious. Clean dark cherry and plum aromas lead to a juicy palate with good cut and tpyical Mourvèdre bitter notes towards the finish.

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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.