Under $20 Value Wine Pick – 2005 Vinos de Terrunos “La Milla” Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain

Winery: Vinos de TerrunosLaMillaFront

Bottling: 2005  “La Milla” Monastrell (a.k.a. Mourvedre)

Importer: Vinos and Gourmet – Jose Pastor Selections

Region: Spain

Sub-Region: Jumilla

Estimated Retail Price: $16.99

Purchase Details: Purchased on sale at K&L Wine Merchant in Redwood City, California for $7.99 a bottle.  Regular price was $16.99.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, aromas of licorice, synthetic plastic and dark berries.  In the mouth, the wine is firm, robust and round without being heavy.  In fact, it has a very elegant and silky texture at this point in its life.  Flavors of roasted meat, violets, pepper, hints of plum and blackberries coat the palate.  A nice, soft finish and aftertaste.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Grilled meats and smoked meats.  Smoked gouda or any other smoky cheese.  Can also be enjoyed on its own.LaMillaBack

Winery & Other Background Information: In my experience, Spanish monastrell tends to have an almost over-the-hill quality about it when they begin to age.  I think its because monastrell tends to not be a fruit driven wine, Some of its primary characteristics even when young, like leather, old tar and tobacco also tend to be characteristics of wine with age, thus when what little fruit there is to begin with starts to fade slightly, even after only a couple of years, the wine begins to taste older than it actually is.

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