Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Casa Castillo Jumilla Monastrell, 2012

The Jumilla area of Spain is apparently a good place for producing Monastrell wines. My policy is to try every one I see on the shelves, and I've yet to be disappointed. When this one appeared at D&W Market in Kalamazoo, I didn't have to hesitate because I had already tried a glass several years ago at a restaurant in Santa Fe. It is priced at $11.99, a step above some other excellent Spanish Monastrells (like Tarima and Castana) but still outrageously inexpensive for the quality of wine in the glass.

Deep purplish. Still young and a bit tannic on the mid-palate, but the lovely violet-tinged Mourvedre is hard to hide and very likeable. Ripe blueberries, spice, flowers. Velvety mouthfeel.

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