Vinos Sin-Ley Monastrell 2011

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Vinos Sin-Ley Monastrell 2011

Mourvedre from Other Spain, Spain

RP 92


Usually producing tannic, earthy, high-alcohol wines, mourvèdre, which is believed to be Spanish in origin, is an important grape in the southern Rhône and Provence (it is used most characteristically in the wines of Bandol), in southeastern Spain (where it is called monastrell), in California (where it was originally planted under the Spanish name mataró), and in Australia, where it is bottled as a single varietal but also in GSM (grenache-syrah-mourvèdre) blends.

Serve With

Serve with: Roast meats and other simply cooked lamb and beef dishes, steaks and chops, barbecue, meat stews, wild game, wild mushrooms, pasta with meat sauce, and Cheddar- or Gouda-type cheeses.

WineMaker’s Notes
VSL Monastrell is a bright, pure expression of Monastrell. Made in the high-elevation region of Yecla from 40+-year-old vines. The vines are head pruned in the traditional manner and the vineyards are dry farmed (no irrigation). Organic farming allows VSL Monastrell to reveal a greater sense of purity. Minimal oak aging allows VSL Monastrell to better emphasize the true identity of the Monastrell grape.

This wine has such a ripe, red berry, floral and spice character, with succulent and juicy flavors, it will pair with a wide range of cuisines and foods. VSL Monastrell’s sweet fruit is well balanced and its acidity will help it pair well with Asian, Indian, Cajun and southwestern Tex-Mex spices.

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About The Region

Spain is the third-largest wine-producing nation in the world, after France and Italy, with about 3 million acres planted to vines (this is more than any other country, but low yields in some areas reduce the total amount of wine that may be produced). There are said to be more than 400 grape varieties planted around the country, a good number of them native to Spain. Tempranillo leads the red grape plantings, airén (used mostly for bulk wine and brandy distillation) the white. Other important red wine grapes include garnacha (grenache) and monastrell (mourvèdre), both believed to be of Spanish origin; white grapes include albariño, palomino (used in sherry), and parellada and xarel-lo (essential to Catalonia's cava). Every important international variety — cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, syrah, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, etc., etc., is also grown. In addition to the world-renowned red wines of Rioja, Priorat, and Ribera del Duero and the increasingly popular whites of Rías Baixas, the cavas (sparkling wines) of Catalonia, and the nonpareil apéritif and dessert wines of the Jerez, or sherry, region, first-rate wines in every style and at every price range are produced in such places as Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Somontano, Cariñena, Bierzo, Cigales, Toro, Empordà, the region of Madrid, Utiel-Requena, Ribeira Sacra, Ribeiro, Valdeorras, various parts of the Balearic and Canary islands, and many more.

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