Vinos Sin Ley Monastrell 2011


I pick up Monastrell wines whenever I find them. They can be jammy and dense or more savoury and earthy, rustic or elegant and delightfully tend to be budget friendly. Vinos Sin Ley translates to “wines without laws” and was created in 2003 by Catalunya oenologist Emili Esteve and Manuel Martinez, the 3rd generation Madrid winemaker behind G5, Zestos and Manu. They established Vinos Sin Ley “to create new wines that are focused on expressing their respective grapes and terroirs, while also being accessible to consumers”. The grapes for this bottling were sourced from high elevation vineyards in the Yecla region of northern Spain. The old vine [40 + years] vineyards are organically farmed without the use of irrigation.

Dark red-violet in colour after aerating aromas of blueberries, dried herbs and hints of toasted oak rose from the glass. Cherry and blueberry flavours were supported by traces of rich leather and clove elements in the medium body. Spicy white pepper, bitter dark chocolate and sweet raisin notes comprised the moderate finish. Straightforward and easy drinking, this is a pleasant glass that can accompany a wide variety of dishes.
 
Yecla
Spain
Bottled by R.E. 30042/MU
14.5% Alcohol
$12
Enjoy now thru 2015

Rated 92 points by the Wine Advocate

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