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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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  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Salvador

  • 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....

  • 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"...

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  • Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines 2014

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    Fruity, balanced with light tannin. Amazing acididty for a 15% ABV wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Interesting Duncan.  I did not know that Alicante Bouschet was grown in Portugal.  Sure enough, Wikipedia tells me that it is widely grown in the Alentejo Region.I am aware of some retail stores in my area that sell some Portuguese wines, but not one that specializes in them.  I will, however, keep my eye out when I am in any "Portuguese Wines" ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I seem to get to try an Alicante Bouschet once every four or five years; This is a good one.  Of, course, the worst AB I've ever had was good,  Why is it so hard to find? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Solnia Monastrell 2014

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    Light fruited, low acid, high alcohol and high tannin wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Peggy and I celebrated our anniversary, this week, up in Cambria.  Other ... ... Pesenti Vineyard) and an Alicante Bouschet (Uboldi Vineyard).The Hayne PS is vintage 2006.  So, I can open it up pretty soon and not incur the wrath of OT who is of the opinion that PS must be at least 10 years old before it can be opened.;-)In Cambria there is a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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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    Wine review by bobvree


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