Bodegas Enrique Mendoza Estrecho Monastrell 2015
"incredible inner power and depth. It has the Mediterranean herbs, hints of tree bark and fine-grained tannins with a long, mineral finish" 95 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza is located about 45 miles from the city of Alicante, in South East Spain on the Mediterranean coast. Run today by brothers Pepe and Julian, the estate is very well regarded and a member of the prestigious Grandes Pagos de Espana, which requires strict quality standards and highlights the special terroir of specific vineyards. Most of the vines (mainly Monastrell and Moscatel) are planted at an average of 1200 feet, with some parcels as high as 2100 feet.
This flagship single vineyard Monastrell comes from a vineyard called Estrecho in the village of Villena at 700 meters above sea level. The 70+ year old vines, altitude, plus the ideal sandy alluvial soils combine to add additional depth and minerality to this fine wine, which finishes long and complex. Recognised as one of the very best examples of Monastrell, this is aged for 15 months in French oak before release. Enjoy now, or cellar for 10+ years.
"The 2015 Estrecho, their flagship single vineyard Monastrell from a place called Estrecho de Pipa in the village of Villena at 700 meters above sea level where the soils are rich in sand. The vines are dry-farmed, organic and head pruned. The wine matured in French barriques for 15 months. It was harvested when the grapes still keep the freshness. The year can be a little austere, not as ripe as 2014, perhaps similar to 2010. It’s not an immediate wine, it’s a little closed, but has incredible inner power and depth. It has the Mediterranean herbs, hints of tree bark and fine-grained tannins with a long, mineral finish. I believe this is going to age magnificently and for a very long time." 95 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
|Country Of Origin||Spain|
|Producer||Bodegas Enrique Mendoza|
|Serving Suggestion||Decant and serve at room temperature|
|Food Pairing||Beef, Game, Italian, Lamb, Steak, Tapas|