Altamente 2017 Monastrell, Jumilla, Murcia, Spain

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Altamente 2017 Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain

Winemaker: This project from Fernando Barrena (of Azul y Garanza) and his wife, Marian

Farming: Organically Farmed

Varieties: Monastrell (Pie Franco, or own-rooted)

Terroir: Located  in  the  northernmost  part  of  the  DO  Jumilla  in  the  high  Hoya  Torres  Valley  with  shallow,  calcareous soil in arid conditions. Jumilla is located in southeastern Spain on the Mediterranean coast in the province of Murcia; it is the oldest DO in the region, established in 1966. Climate here is hot, dry and harsh. Sandy soils  with  high  pH,  low  salinity  and  little  to  no  organic  material,  make  the  area  naturally  resistant  to  disease; in fact, Jumilla was spared during the phylloxera outbreak of the 19th century

Vinification & Ageing: Harvested by hand.  Native yeast fermentation with all vinification and elevage done in tank.

Tasting Notes: Complex aromas of red berries and cherries with subtle floral notes. The palate is smooth with ripe black raspberry and cherry compote flavors that while deep and somewhat brooding, are lifted by tangy acidity with a pop of spice and pepper. 

Scores: 90, Vinous - “Lurid  violet  color.  Powerful,  spice-accented  black/blue  fruit  aromas  are  complicated  by  licorice candy and floral nuances. Pliant and energetic in the mouth, with juicy acidity adding lively bite to sweet blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors. Finishes spicy and long, showing very good clarity and subtle tannins that come on late.” - Josh Raynolds