Monastrell from 25 year-old and older bush vines. Grapes were hand harvested to select bunches according to acidity, structure, and alcohol.
The grapes underwent a low temperature maceration prior to fermentation which lasted for 8 days, increasing color and aroma in the finished wine. Malolactic fermentation commenced in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts. The wine was then aged in 70% American oak and 30% French oak second-use barrels for 5 months.
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The 2014 Monastrell “Barrica 5 Mesas” from Porta Regia is sealed up with a natural cork and comes in a heavier glass bottle than the Old Vines rendition, but its price is only a couple of dollars more a bottle, so this is still a serious value. The wine spends five months in a mix of seventy percent American and thirty percent French casks, with the wines all one wine barrels. The wine offers up a lovely bouquet of red and black cherries, spices, a bit of bonfire, lovely, spicy soil tones, a touch of autumn leaf and a discreet framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a good core, fine balance and moderate, well-measured tannins perking up the long and quite classy finish. The one wine barrels are really nicely handled here and give the wine a touch more refinement than in the 2014 Old Vines bottling, with the same depth and balance. This too is a superb value. 2016-2025+.
(aged for five months in 70% French and 30% American oak barrels, all used): Opaque ruby. Deep, focused dark berry, cherry and woodsmoke scents are joined by peppery spice and floral pastille qualities. Zesty acidity lifts and sharpens the juicy, penetrating, fresh black and blue fruit flavors. Shows good depth and clarity, finishing sweet, smoky and quite long, with supple tannins. 2017-2021 Mediterranean Spain
The Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of black cherry, cassis and desert brush hint at complexity. A flush, structured palate deals blackberry, cassis, spice, herb and chocolate flavors. Despite mild heat and rubbery tannins on the finish, this is largely a complete Monastrell.
December 1, 2016