Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bodega Tarima 2009 Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain

Following the Beaujolais Nouveau dinner at Walt Churchill’s Market (Maumee), we were wandering through the wine department while Glorious T picked up a couple bottles of Beaujolais. I grabbed this bottle for a casual quaffer. The cost was only $8, so there was little to lose. The Jumilla region of Spain produces some great wines and some great values. Monastrell is also the grape for Wrongo Dongo, another Jumilla wine that is a value favorite for one of our tasting team members.

This wine was surprisingly good. It is smooth but has a full body. This is a big wine for the price. It is 100% Monastrell and produced from 25 to 30-year old vines. It has complex dark flavors with hints of licorice and chocolate.

Oh, yes. Green Dragon thinks that the label art illustration of a passionflower bloom is rather cool.

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