I have a couple of Monastrells to have a look in the next few days, 03 and 05 both look great for this style. I loved the 02 of this wine, but the 03 has really gone up a rung or two. Its a very clean and fresh style that makes a red that goes well in the warmish weather, as well as the cold. I've been told a number of times that Monastrell and areas like Yecla and Jumilla aren't well received in Spain. I'm not sure how true that it is, but wines like this must surely turn the tide?
Deep and dark in colour, the nose is open right from the start: dark cherries, raspberry, earth and a bit of pepper and woody herbs. Very adult on the palate, savory, smooth, with soft tannins and and a prick of acid. The palate is more complex than the 02, still that lip smacking tart cherry fruit with animale, espresso coffee, nutmeg and pepper. Due to the light Oak treatment, there aren't any overt oak notes. A ripping Monastrell, that would convince many people that great things can be done with this grape. 91 Pts.
Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $40 Closure: Conventional Cork