Alicanté Wine

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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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  • Grenache

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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...

  • Salvador

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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  • Castillo de Alicanté Old Vines 2013

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    rich purple, dark, velvety, some hints of blackberries and pepper spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2012

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    Stunning effort for the price popint and definately has benefited from laying down for a few years.Lush rich blackberry fruit, violets, blueberry, rich damp earth, mocha, pepper follow to rounded sweet dark cherry tannins and balanced acidity. The finale is almost port like with it's butterscotch rim and thickness. 92 points - still 24 months o... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2012

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    Wine review by bobvree


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  • Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2012

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Sorry these are late, couldn't find the charging station for my camera. ... the wines:The '09 Puerto Alicante was a big surprise - very good, cherries, some dark berry fruits, chocolate, mellow tannins and good acidity. The Norton was BIG, but they usually are and that's the way I like them, big. balanced and lengthy.&nbs Read More

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  • Enrique Mendoza Merlot Monastrell Alicante

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    Áspero Read More

    Wine review by Mabuekie


  • Enrique Mendoza Pinot Noir 2011

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    Intenso pero suave. Corte inglés. 10 Read More

    Wine review by Mabuekie


  • Bodegas Volver Monastrell 2015

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    Last of the Vino Volo tasting. Best one of the group, but that is not saying much. Perhaps because I am least familiar with Monastrell??? Still too young and too fruit forward, but seemed to have the most interesting components. Descriptor pretty accurate. ' Fruit forward notes of blackberries, macerated blueberries, tart cherries carrying over ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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