100% Monastrell; 15% ABV Yecia, Spain
$5 at the Point Loma – San Diego CA, store on 9 Aug
This was an interesting pickup if only because of the fact that it may be my first 100% Spanish Mourvedre (Monastrell) and is certainly the oldest at drinking. This particular Old Vine designated wine is made from 50+ year old grapes. Upon first pour, the wine showed as dark, tannic and quite hot and needed a lot of air. While the mid palate contained nice notes of dark berries and some vanilla, with some earthy additions throughout, two components were difficult to get past – heat and ruby port-like flavor.
This wine is labeled at 15% and I would bet its actual ABV is considerably higher than that and whatever Spain allows by law as far as variation is concerned. The wine did not evolve that much in the glass nor was it helped by being stoppered in a 375ml bottle overnight or with tasting on day 3.
In short, I believe this wine is in the middle of a downhill plunge and I did not find it enjoyable nor representative of my experiences with Monastrell/Mourvedre in the past.