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Alicante is part of the Comunidad de Valenciana region, named for the town on the Mediterranean coast and awarded D.O. status in 1957.
It is divided into two zones:
La Marina is along the coast, between the towns of Denia and Calpe. This section has a distinctly Mediterranean climate with very hot summers. Moscatel production for sweet and fortified wines is the main focus, and many have the label “Moscatel de Alicante.” 
The Vinalopo, along the river of the same name, is adjacent to the Yecla region of Murcia. This is a continental climate, with hot, dry summers. Monastrell (Mourvedre), best suited to these conditions, dominates the plantings and is made into a voluptuous red wine as well as rosado. Other red grapes grown and used for blending are Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Bobal. 
But the pride of the region is Fondillon, a semi-sweet, non-fortified, vino rancio (oxidized wine) made from overripe Monastrell Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Alicante Bouschet

    History of the grape: Like all good biographies, the rise and fall of Alicante Bouschet begins with its grandparents....

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

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  • Bodegas Bernabé Navarro

    This property is located in the valley between Villena and La Cañada. Sierra del Morrón and its S...

  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas

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  • I've been anxious to try some Windy Oaks NG I'm noticing a lot of ... ... Black vineyards similar to Alicante Bouschet. This is the first time I have seen one varietally bottled. On my way home from the winery on Saturday I was coming up on Fogline and had a hankering to stop in for a taste. The sandwich sign out front reading "Cold Chardonnay... Read More

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  • Bodegas Volver Monastrell "Tarima Hill" Alicante 2012


    bold, very similar to juan gil. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • v v, I've had a few Alcicante Bouschet varietal bottlings.  The last ... ...  The first ever Alicante Bouschet varietal bottling that I ever had, in fact, the first time I ever heard of the grape, was in 1980-something when Mrs. EMark and I were on a Northern California road trip, and we dropped in at the Topolos Winery.  We enjoyed that visi... Read More

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  • Carlisle does a 100% Alicante Bouschet, released it last month. Read More

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  • Mark, your eyes are not deceiving you, 19% ABV. The tasting sheet calls this a ... ... I've ever had a 100% alicante bouschet. Pulling out the Old World Winery tasting sheet and checking their website, I don't see your wine. You must have a connection to the private stash! This evening I opened an interesting Croatian red made from the Plavac ... Read More

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  • v v, I have never tried an Insignia.  I do have one bottle in my ... more ... ... more Carignane, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet, and probably some others.Was in a strange mood last night and did CS two nights in a row.  This one might almost qualify for v v's ". . . Completely Different" thread: As you might guess, this is another one that my bro... Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... age to develop.He mentioned Alicante Bouschet in some context (probably when we were tasting the 1890 field blend), and Peggy commented that we have enjoyed the few examples of that."You want to try some Alicante Bouschet?"  Off he went to find a bottle of that.  The p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Mistela de Moscatel Moscatel Alicante


    I am not a drinker but this vine is delicious Read More

    Wine review by jlasanta2003

  • Fun report, AOA. Thanks.It's interesting that you raised the question ... ... ... Verdot25% Petite Sirah9% Alicante Bousch Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... sense. In Spain they grow Alicante Bouschet as Garnacha Tintorera - I don't know it by any other name in CA. Not that I should know of course, but something like that would kind of stick.And they don't even list Blaufrankisch, but I know that Pax make some. Mayb... Read More

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