Murcia, Spain

Exploring the Land of Monastrell


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The Monastrell is the varietal used most often in the production of wines from the Murcia region, but some of the other varieties found in the area are Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Garnacha and Cencibal, and they are often blended with Monastrell to create wines with loads of character. Commonly grown white wine grapes are Macabeo, Airen, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pedro Ximenez, Malvasia and some Muscat.

Starting our trip with exploring some of the wineries of the DO Yecla, we began with a tour and tasting of Bodegas La Purisima, one of the oldest cooperative wineries in Murcia and where I had my first taste of a 100 percent Monastrell wine.  From there, we visited the impressive Bodegas Señorio de Barahonda, where we got a first-hand look at the original winery located beneath the kitchen of their gorgeous vineyard home.  From Barahonda, we went to the southern portion of Yecla and were surprised by an outdoor lunch set next to the Bodegas Castaño vineyards with a view to remember - excellent wine and food seemed to flow endlessly. For the last winery visit on our first official day in the Murcia region, we traveled to the DO Jumilla to visit two of the Gil Family Estates wineries: Bodegas Juan Gil and Bodegas El Nido - ending the day with some stellar wines that had us all wondering where we'd be purchasing them immediately upon returning to the US.  After retreating to our beautiful centrally located hotel, NH Rincón de Pepe, we all took short siestas and freshened up for tapas and night time fun in the bustling plazas and quaint restaurants of downtown Murcia - the way we ended each day in Spain.

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  • Snooth User: steve666
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    As I understand it, Monastrell is the Spanish name for Mourvedre and 100% Mouvedre is available from Spanish producers in several areas, the south of France and even some California wines. I have had some very good cheap Spanish Monastrells and they are rather different than those of the Rhone/Languedoc and California. I find them to be on the light to medium side of the spectrum.
    steve

    Aug 15, 2013 at 5:10 AM


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