Intense red from the warm, sandy region of Jumilla, one of the greatest areas in the world for growing top-quality Monastrell. Also know as Mourvedre in France and elsewhere, it thrives in Spain, but has never had the recognition that Tempranillo has. This is shame for the winemakers, but great for us drinkers, because it means wines like this are a bargain! These vineyards are located in a high, dry valley which experiences extreme weather conditions. The 25 year old vines at 900 meters produce concentrated dark fruit, with firm tannins which are nicely balanced by creamy blackberry fruit flavors. 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. Nice, long and supple with barely-there silky tannins for structure and pop of spice and pepper.