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Atope Monastrell

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Winery Atope
Grape Monastrell
Year 2011
Country Spain
Appellation Castile-La Mancha

$15.00 per bottle

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Spain’s lesser-known regions have become a source of incredible red wine values, like this juicy Monastrell from Castilla-La Mancha.
What You Need To Know
The Monastrell grape makes spicy, inky reds loaded with dark-fruit flavors. It is planted widely throughout southeast Spain, where the variety is perfectly adapted to the warm climate. Until recently, most Monastrell went into uninteresting bulk wines. But in recent years some winemakers have applied quality-focused winemaking to the variety with spectacular results. This bottling comes from Bodegas Agr’colas Aguaza, which is located in Castilla-La Mancha, an up-and-coming region where the blazing summer heat is moderated by proximity to Mediterranean breezes. The winery and vineyards are located on a high, arid plane at an elevation of nearly 3,000 feet. That elevation is critical: Cool nights and slow ripening create a red wine that’s juicy and fresh, not sweetly overripe.
Smell It
Smell It
Fragrant berry and spice notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Juicy and fresh with earthy blackberry fruit.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature— the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Grilled pork or beef, spicy poultry dishes.