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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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Don Salvador Alicante Spain 2004


    Made from 100% Monastrell grapes grown in the south-central coast of Spain. Old vines, dry farming, stony soil, traditional fermentation with no filtration and natural decanting create a wine with ripe fruit, intense cherry, and toast with an appealing mineral note on the Read More

    Wine review by kybecca

  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mo 2006


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    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas Alicante 1237 2004


    Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Granacha Tintorerra Very restrained nose at first this wine really needed time to develop. With about 2 minutes of vigorous swirling in my glass the wine began to reveal shades of wild berries, dark spices and rich choclate, and earthen aromas. WOW, really opens up nicely and I look forward to tasting again wi... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas Alicante Puerto Salinas 2004


    Actually a blend of Monatrell, Cabernet and Granacha Tintorerra Rich fat nose of vanilla, cherry, wood and raspberries. Somewhat one dimensional at first. In the mouth though the wine really comes alive with the wood fading and fat raspberry flavors mixed with myriad spices. Really a fun wine to drink and though the wood is a bit heavy, I look f... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Borrasca Spanien Salvador Poveda 2002


    Deep dark, reddish purple in color. Nose is brambly with pepper, raw wood, dark fruits and light smoke. In the mouth the tannins are firm but not upfront. Acidity is of a medium weight with a nice overall softness. Lush blackberry, with black pepper, dark cherry, and a slight minerality. Overall not as concentrated as previous versions, but stil... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Salvador Poveda Alicante Toscar Monastrell 2005


    Nose of dark fruits and deep earthy pepper. Brambly and rough, with smoke, black pepper and earth. In the mouth the tannins are not forceful and the acidity is medium. Dark black berry, and earth come to mind first, followed by richer meatier richness. Weedy and earthy this wine while based on dark fruit is a jungle of minerals and vegetation. C... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Salvador Poveda Vina Marquesa Crianza Tinto Spanien Alicante Salvador Poveda Monastrell 2004


    Deep reddish burgundy in color. The nose is very well defined with black raspberry, and peppery chocolate. A rich earthy leather/tobacco/mineral quality keeps fading in and out bringing me back for more. In the mouth the acidity is high with moderately firm tannins. Raspberry and chocolate play out with some nice spice notes as it opens. Nice wi... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Salvador Poveda Alicante Toscar Merlot Crianza 2003


    Nice color with a nose that really draws me in. Great plum, liquorice, anise, and light smoke. With time this really opens up and I can't my nose out of the glass. While in the mouth we have another story, high acid gets in the way of soft tannins, and while at first there is enough fruit to enjoy it seems to fade and becomes a bit too light wit... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Salvador Poveda Alicante Toscar Cabernet Sauvignon Crianza 2003


    Nice rich color. The nose is pure chocolate and with time shows layered fruit(cassis, black cherry), followed by black pepper and earth. Really a great nose. Lush in the mouth, soft with a firm tannin that is un-obtrusive, and a medium acidity. Rich cherry, chocolate, earth, pepper, and light tobacco notes in the mouth. Elegant and very enjoyabl... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Salvador Poveda Alicante Borrasca 2000


    Well aged and fully mature with secondary flavors starting to show. Nice wine. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

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