Bodegas Enrique Mendoza 'La Tremenda' Monastrell 2016
"This is a superb introduction to Monastrell from Alicante at an incredible price" 92 Points - 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 excellent Monastrell is aged for six months in American oak, and a further six in bottle before release.
|Country Of Origin||Spain|
|Producer||Bodegas Enrique Mendoza|
|Serving Suggestion||Room Temperature, can benefit from Decanting|
|Food Pairing||BBQ, Beef, Cheese, Game, Italian, Lamb, Pasta, Pork, Sausage, Steak, Tapas, Pizza|
Bright ruby-red in the glass, the aroma is intense with fresh black cherries, plums and ripe strawberry enhanced with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. The palate is very accessible, with a silky texture, and expressive notes of cherries and plums with hints of cocoa. The finish is long with some sweet spice and toasty notes. Enjoy now to 2020.
"Their entry-level Monastrell is already the 2016 La Tremenda is sourced from the vineyard that names the wine, from their estate El Chaconero in the village of Villena, a plot at 600 meters altitude planted some 25 years ago. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French barriques for six months. 2016 is a cooler year than 2014 or 2015, and the wines reflect it. It was not an easy year; they had to do a strict selection of grapes, and it paid off. It has the character of the variety, with its elegant rusticity with a fresh, herbal twist and a palate with fine-grained tannins, nicely textured and with a supple, very tasty finish. This is a superb introduction to Monastrell from Alicante at an incredible price. Drink - 2021." 92 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate