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Spain’s southeastern corner is a hotbed of red
wine values, like this new-wave blend of three
What You Need To Know
Spain’s Monastrell grape, known as
Mourvèdre in France, yields berry-rich wines with the luscious
fruit of a Zinfandel and a juicy, spicy lift all its own. The country’s
Mediterranean coast, where Bodegas Valle de Salinas is located,
is a treasure trove of old-vine Monastrell that’s now being
exploited by ambitious new wineries such as Bodegas Valle
de Salinas. This bottling combines Monastrell with peppery Syrah
and earthy Tempranillo to create a bold, well-balanced red. One
secret to its surprising complexity is old vines: Bodegas Valle de
Salinas draws on vineyards that range up to a century in age.
Their tiny output of incredibly concentrated grapes helps give this
wine its depth.
cherries, tobacco and plums.
Black cherry and cocoa
flavors are ripe and juicy.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Spicy or herby pork, beef
and poultry dishes.