This unfiltered Spanish red is from the Yecla region of Southern Spain. Monastrell–the grape type–is also known as Mourvedre. In the glass it is a deep inky dark red and this blend of 65% Monastrell and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon has a fragrant bouquet of smoke, green peppers, prunes and blackberries. In the mouth it is hot, sour and out of balance. Licorice is fairly prominent mid-palate and on the finish though flavors are tightly wound. I’ll breathe this and see if it helps.
After a couple hours and decanting the wine, it is full of prunes and in the mouth it is much better balanced though still a bit harsh and austere. Tannins are fairly well developed.
This wine was recommended as a wine that would pull my socks off by the wine manager of a local store. I bought two bottles about 1 ½ years ago and after tasting the first bottle and being quite unimpressed, I decided to lay the other bottle down.
1½ years later, the wine was better than I remember it the first time but not exactly a “pull your socks off” kind of wine. For $14 you can do better.