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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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  • 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...

  • Salvador

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Grenache

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  • 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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  • 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


  • Bodegas Volver Monastrell "Tarima Hill" Alicante 2012

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • This one is from a Costco run.  To me, the blend is hilarious:  40% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Aragonez, 15% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot.  One more time it just sounds to me like somebody said, "OK, this is what we have left over.  Let's just mix it up and tell everybody that it was 'carefully blended.'"   ;-) Of the grapes listed ... Read More

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  • Bodegas Volver "Triga" Alicante 2012

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Bodegas Volver "Triga" Alicante 2012

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  • Bodegas Volver "Triga" Alicante 2012

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  • So Friday at last! OT I hope you are well on your way to feeling better!With ... Carignan, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet. Seems like anytime Petite Sirah gets in the mix there's lots of ripe, jammy dark fruit. I'm not complaining just making a statement. And yes OT/Emark, this wine could use some more time on its side but it is quite enjoy... Read More

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