Closing out year end at work equates to staying late and missing my Soul Cycle class which leads to a disappointed Winepug. However, when I got home I decided to dust off a few bottles of the familiar reds in our wine rack and sip into relaxation (and watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show of course). Surprisingly, I found a varietal that was a first! The bottle VSL Monastrell 2010 was given to me to taste earlier in the year by Ole Imports and was stashed away behind many go-to’s.
Have you heard of the grape Monastrell? If not, please consider this a hidden gem of a grape and a wine. This is 100% Monastrell we are tasting here. Vines were grown in 1967; talk about a wine showcasing true expression and purity. I must say I am obsessed with it’s ruby color when it hits the glass. Some real eye candy to hide the gloomy day. The smell is sensational and the spicy notes really wake you up inside as it comes funneling upward through the glass. I smell some fun sharp cheese and Monastrell pairings, perhaps? The spice in the nose then comes out in the taste, almost giving you a rejuvenating sensation. Combined with the intense spice (a good intense), the red juicy berries balanced with a nice acidity make this such a succulent and elegant wine for the dinner table.
On the Bottle: A bright pure expression of Monastrell. Made in high elevation district of Yecla from 40% year old vines. Oak aged in 2 year old French oak barrels for 3 months to emphasize the purity of the fruit.
Monstrall Fun Facts
- Vines were planted in 1967
- 3rd most planted grape in the Iberian Peninsula
- One of the most ancient grapes in Spain
- The high elevation of Yecla makes for cool nights which result in the grapes vibrancy and flavor
- Organically Farmed
- Rated 90+
Similar to: Malbec