Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Enrique Mendoza "Las Quebradas" Monastrell Alicante 2018

Enrique Mendoza "Las Quebradas" 

Monastrell Alicante 2018

This bottle was one of my Christmas presents. A gift from someone who knows me well, and thus, also knows that I love Spain and more especially Spanish wines. 

This is a 100% Monastrell crafted from 70-year-old vines, planted at 500 meters altitude, on rocky-calcareous soils, from "Las Quebradas" estate, located in Alicante DOP (Denominación de Origen Protegida), south-east of Spain, right below Valencia. Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. 

And the result is really impressive, and I could have described it with my own words, (as I normally do), but after I read RP words and rating, I really had nothing to add. So here it is: 

Enrique Mendoza "Las Quebradas" Monastrell Alicante 2018

"The 2018 Las Quebradas is pure Monastrell from a dry-farmed and head-pruned vineyard with very poor soils covered in limestone boulders (caliche). It fermented with indigenous yeasts in square oak vats with manual punch-downs of the cap. It matured in Allier barrels for 16 months. It feels very young and still marked by the élevage. The palate is terribly stony and mineral with a chalky texture, serious and powerful with terrific balance. In general, these 2018s are a little more delicate and fresher than the 2017s, which were very Mediterranean." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94pts

Thank you for that bottle. It's a nice present. Highly recommended. 

Cheers! Santé! 


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