Wow! This is my wine of the week so far. It's not quite as exciting as the Altos de la Hoya Jumilla Monastrell I had a couple of weeks ago, but it comes close. And it pleases others at the table maybe even a bit more. Jumilla is apparently a good appellation for modest-priced Monastrell (the Spanish name for Mourvedre).
The color is a deep ruby, and the aromas are somewhat backward--tree bark opening slowly to subtle scents of violets and blueberries. And I get the same on the palate. Some tannins, but they're ripe and promise a lot more to come. Like many Jumilla Monastrells, it's a bit high in alcohol but carries 14% well. I'm on the lookout for more of this little beauty.