Porta Regia Monastrell 12 Meses (months)

"The wine is excellent on both the nose and palate...Like all of the wines from Porta Regia, this is an absolute steal! Very impressive juice." —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Appellation
Jumilla D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Monastrell, from estate grown bush vines between 30-50 years old
Altitude/Soil
650 meters / limestone, poor in organic matter and low salinity
Farming Methods
Practicing organic, Vegan
Harvest
Hand harvested
Production
Pre-fermentative maceration at 60 F for 4 days and then fermented in stainless steel vats for 10 days at 74 F
Aging
Aged for 12 months in 60% American and 40% French barrels, all second fill
Suggested Retail Price
$20
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Porta Regia Monastrell 12 Meses (months) 2014
92 (VfC) 91 (VM)
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92 View from the Cellar The 2014 vintage of “Barrica 12 Meses” from Porta Regia was raised (as the name implies) for one year in one wine barrels, sixty percent of which are French in origin and forty percent of which are American oak. These are older vines than either of the above wines, with the vineyards all at least fifty years of age. The wine is excellent on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet offering up a black fruity constellation of black cherries, garrigue, a touch of cigar smoke, lovely soil tones, wild fennel, a bit of lamb (cooked on vine cuttings in the Spanish tradition) and a discreet framing of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a fine core of fruit, ripe, moderate tannins and excellent focus and grip on the long and still fairly youthful finish. This is eminently drinkable today, but it is still a puppy and will be even better with a few more years of bottle age. Like all of the wines from Porta Regia, this is an absolute steal! Very impressive juice.
91 Vinous Media (fermented in stainless steel tanks, with malolactic fermentation and a year of aging in 60 percent French and 40 percent American oak barrels, all used) Bright violet. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, incense and vanilla. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy black currant, blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors enlivened by a jolt of smoky minerality. Rich yet lively and precise, finishing with powerful thrust, resonating spiciness, and smooth, slow-building tannins.
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Porta Regia Monastrell 12 Meses (months) 2015
92 (VfC) 91 (VM)
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92 View from the Cellar This is the top of the line bottling from Porta Regia, produced from fifty year-old vines and raised in two year-old barrels (forty percent American oak and sixty percent French oak) and it is excellent in 2015. The bouquet offers up lovely depth and complexity in its constellation of dark berries, woodsmoke, hung game, a complex base of soil, cigar ash and just a touch of oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and suavely tannic, with a fine core of fruit, excellent soil drive and a long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. Monastrell is a terrific grape variety and this is a first class example (not to mention a bargain)! 2018-2035.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
91 Vinous Media Limpid ruby-red. Displays perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, cherry compote and incense, which are complemented by a floral note that builds with aeration. Seamless and nicely concentrated, offering gently sweet raspberry, cherry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a spicy white pepper accent. Finishes smooth and long, displaying very good clarity and supple tannins that lend a gentle grip. (aged in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels, all used)
Drink 2020-2026
Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, April 25, 2019
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Porta Regia Monastrell 12 Meses (months) 2017
91 (VM)
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91 Vinous Media Deep violet. Highly perfumed aromas of spice-accented red and blue fruits, pungent flowers and spicecake, with a subtle vanilla quality in the background. Silky and seamless in texture, offering juicy cherry and blueberry flavors that deepen and turn sweeter on the back half. The blue fruit note builds on a long, smooth, velvety finish that's given shape by discreet, even tannins. 60% French and 40% American oak. 2021- 2027
Josh Raynolds - March 2021
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Porta Regia Monastrell 12 Meses (months) 2018
92 (VM) 91 (VfC)
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92 Vinous Media Dark ruby. Spice-accented dark berries, mocha and pungent flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Appealingly sweet black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors become livelier and pick up a hint of vanilla with air. The blue fruit and floral notes repeat on the impressively long, penetrating finish, which features polished tannins and a hint of white pepper. 2022- 2028
Josh Raynolds - March 2021
91 View from the Cellar The 2018 Monastrell “12 Meses Barrica” cuvee from Porto Regia is a lovely bottle on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in a mix of cassis, black cherries, cigar wrapper, good soil tones, a hint of mincemeat and a nice touch of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a superb core, ripe, well integrated tannins and a long, well-balanced and gently chewy finish. This too comes in at 14.5 percent octane, but the wine is cooler on the backend than the 2019 Old Vines bottling and carries its ripeness beautifully. This is an outstanding bottle of Monastrell! 2026-2045+.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
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