Beautiful dark purple color
Blackberry jam bouquet
Plush texture and some cocoa as a core
Peppery, but clean finish
Somewhere along the way, I was directed to the wine as a great value Spanish red. Of course, there are a lot of great values out of Spain these days, as quality is being increasingly favored over quantity. This particular wine is nice, and has some heft to it. It is probably made from Monastrell (Mourvedre) and Bobal grapes.
Jumilla is a region in Spain near Valencia and Alicante, not far from the Mediterranean. Historically, this region produced a lot of hefty blending grapes in bulk that were sold to other wineries. Lately, it is taking on characteristics of its own and labels are identifying the region.
This wine is $9 and is a bargain, but you have to be in the mood for a wine with heft. Food pairings would ideally feature red meat or heavy sauces. In this price range, it's worth experimenting with Spanish reds to figure out what you like. As the regions of Spain continue to develop their distinct characteristics, your tastes will develop along with them. Raise a glass!