2009 Sierra Salinas MoBlend from Spain
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WINE: "MO is the code used by the winery for traceability purposes for Monastrell. You will find all the barrels & paperwork where Monastrell lots are aged marked with MO ...
- 89 Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
89 Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2009 Mo is a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak for 4 months. It was produced by the Castano family of Jumilla in the neighboring DO of Alicante from vines ranging in age from 40-60 years. Jammy red fruits, spice box, lavender, and underbrush inform the nose of this plush, savory, full-flavored, pleasure-bent, crowd pleaser. This nicely proportioned effort lacks only complexity but at this price, who's complaining? Drink it over the next 3-4 years." (06/11)
"MO is the code used by the winery for traceability purposes for Monastrell. You will find all the barrels & paperwork where Monastrell lots are aged marked with MO and a plot-tank code. Red cherry color with a shade of violet reflections. In the nose it shows clean notes of red fruit (raspberry) and is well assembled with its wood (discrete toast and black pepper). Nice and fresh medium structure, well balanced sweet and mature tannins." -Importer
"The Castano family, continuing their crusade and advocacy for the Monastrell grape, developed this project in the D.O. Alicante in 2003. They acquired and revamped some old vineyards located in the foothills of the Sierra Salinas Mountains - between the provinces of Murcia and Alicante - at about 1950 feet above sea level. The winery is a state of the art, three level gravity flow facility located right in the middle of the vineyards with an underground barrel aging room. The estate is 92 hectares of land where almond and olive trees share the land with the vineyards. At present, there are 52 hectares of old bush vines of Monastrell, the indigenous Mediterranean variety, planted around 1970. The rest is devoted to vineyards are planted with other varieties in irrigated trellis, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tintorera and Syrah." -Importer
89 - Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut, Grenache / Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||blackberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast, vanilla, black currant, dust, leather, currant, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice and ginger|
|Nose||thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, mint, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box|