- Casa Castillo Monestrell Jumiilla 2011 Product #28881 (In Stock)
A fine value in rich, earthy, but nicely focused Monastrell.
"Dark ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, star anise and candied rose, with a touch of orange zest. Smells like a ripe pinot noir. Fleshy and seamless, offering sappy red fruit flavors and a bitter note of rhubarb. Subtle vanilla and licorice notes linger on the smooth, gently tannic finish. Lots of wine for the money."International Wine Cellar 90 points
"Made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre), Casa Castillo’s 2011 Monastrell comes from incredibly low yields (16 hectoliters per hectare). It reveals abundant flavor along with a chalky minerality, dense blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with a hint of spring flowers, medium body and a supple texture. This is an amazing red wine for such a lowly price."Wine Advocate 89 points
- Triga Alicante 2011 Product #28979 (In Stock)
Love Clio? Try this! A powerhouse wine made from 85% Monastrell and 15% Cabernet, aged in 80% French and 20% American oak.
"(85% monastrell and 15% cabernet sauvignon; malo and aging in 80% French and 20% American oak): Opaque purple. Explosive black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by notes of licorice, Indian spices and floral oils. Rich and expansive but showing unlikely finesse thanks to bright acidity. Sweet blueberry and cassis flavors stain the palate and linger on a very long, intensely spicy, focused finish. Australian winemaker Chris Ringland consults here."International Wine Cellar 92 points
"Expressive flavors of black cherry, mulled plum, dark chocolate, licorice and mineral mingle in this harmonious red. Offers a sleek texture and a solid structure, matching power with elegance. Impressive, in the modern style. Drink now through 2021. 975 cases made."Wine Spectator 94 points
- Dom Tempier Bandol La Migoua 2011 Product #29043 (In Stock)
The gusty, earthy, Mourvedre-based wines of Bando in the deep South of France are outstanding companions for rich Holiday foods (especially lamb or roast pork). Tempier’s single vineyard wines, like this one, are the benchmarks for the region. La Migoua is Tempier’s highest altitude vineyard (at 270 meters), located in a natural amphitheater on the southern face of the hills ringing Bandol. Surrounded by garrigue and pine forest and on deep, varied, clay soils (ranging from red to orange to almost blue in color), this vineyard always gives more earthy, barnyard, notes than Tempier’s other sites. To keep that character in balance, this has the lowest amount of Mourvedre (about 50%) and the most Grenache (20%) and Cinsault (25%) plus a dash of Syrah.
"The 2011 Bandol La Migoua, which has the most Grenache of any of the cuvees, comes from red and blue clay soils and the highest plots on the estate. Comprised of 50% Mourvedre, 26% Cinsault, 20% Grenache and the balance Syrah, it too shows the vintage character with forward, supple and polished aromas and flavors of sweet blackberry, currants, spice and underbrush all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, beautifully textured and with fine tannin on the finish, it will evolve at a faster rate than most vintages of this cuvee, yet still dish out gobs of pleasure over the coming decade or more."Wine Advocate 92 points
"Dark, taut and winey, with steeped currant, blackberry coulis and macerated black cherry fruit, lined with singed alder, tobacco, warm stone and licorice root notes. The long finish features a well-buried iron spine. Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2016 through 2028. 705 cases made."Wine Spectator 93 points