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2007 Bodegas Bleda Monastrell "Sol de Levante" Jumilla

SKU #1049007

According to the Wine Spectator: "This light, firm red shows cherry, raisin, leather and tobacco flavors. A bit rustic, but with enough acidity to stay lively. Drink now." (Web only, 2009) There are so many intriguing wines from the Jumilla DO of Spain but many are can be a little ono-dimensional. The best are based on Monastrell (France's Mourvèdre) and are sourced from older-vine fruit. This wine comes from a small family owned and operated winery that was founded in 1935. Using a mix of newer and old vine fruit, the Sol de Levante delivers a wonderful balance of rich black fruit, smoked meat, spice and balancing acids and tannins. This is not super sappy but more reminiscent of top notch village Rhone wine. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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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.