Bodegas La Purisma Trapio Monastrell 2003

Bodegas La Purisma Trapio Monastrell 2003I 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

4 thoughts on “Bodegas La Purisma Trapio Monastrell 2003

  1. This sounds good. I wonder how Australian monastrell/mataro/mourvedre single varietals would go in a line up with Spanish bottles? I have a bottle of Cascabel’s straight monastrell to try sometime. To my knowledge, they are the only Australian producers choosing to use that name for the variety. I have a soft spot for old vine mataro from McLaren Vale and the Barossa.

  2. They really are two different styles, but it would be an interesting exercise. I would be interested in the clones that are used in Spain in Aus too…

  3. Trapio is grown at pretty high altitude in lean soil, from what I understand. It certainly (positively for me) affects the style. I don’t know of anyone in Australia growing the variety in these same sorts of conditions.

    I also enjoyed the 2002 and thought it one of the most drinkable reds ever. We’ve had the ’03 in store for a while and I still haven’t gotten around to trying it!

  4. The vines for Trapio are at about 700 meters, not much else grows there expect some scrubby little herbs.

    Your right, they are very different wines as a result of very different conditions. But a look at Bandol, Yecla and Aussie monastrell/matro etc would be fairly interesting. Maybe something from the US as well.

    The same thing happens with most varieties, i.e. burg and new world pinot etc. Its fun to compare styles, but you are never going to get a replica of the original wine. To be honest, wine would be a bit boring if you could.

    Grab a bottle of the 03, it really is a step up from 02…

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