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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  • 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"...

  • Salvador

  • Alicante Bouschet

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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Alicanté on Snooth

  • Pontos Crianza 2005

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    Medium dark cherry in color with a big candy cherry and vanilla oak nose. In the mouth, this is a hot wine, with strong acidity on the sides of my tongue and zero body. It's like scraping a piece of wood across your tongue and then adding straight lemon juice! My tongue hurts actually. Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Pontos Cepa50 2006

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    Dark ruby in color, clear and brilliant, with a big vanilla nose, gently layered with notes of bing cherry, brewed coffee and chocolate notes. In the mouth, the wine is juicy with big acidity and again, no body. Strange spicy characteristic, but borders on an artificial flavor I can't put my finger on. May be tainted. Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Pontos Cepa50 2006

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    Modern nose on this wine with fat rich oak, and smoke. Some fruit is hidden in there, black and dark, though the wood is not giving it up. In the mouth this wine shows some promise with big body and yet the acrid acidity and 2x4 flavors really dimish any hope I had to taste some fruit and spice. There is a bit of burnt raisin on the finish but t... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Pontos 2005

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    Sour cherry, orange essence, vanilla extract and a touch of spice on the nose with a touch of cream or fat and spice in the background. In the mouth, the wine shows incredible dry tannins in the midpalate, with medium acidity and a long spicy sour cherry finish.Super disjointed wine with a ridiculous amount of hot spicy oak, and void of any body... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Pontos Crianza 2005

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    Sawdust nose to this with some herbal notes. Seriously it´s like being in shop class back in JrHigh School. I have to say I´m afraid to taste this. Fears confirmed, wood dust, and thin palate. This is painful. If you are a woodshop worker, and love the smell, and taste of sawdust, this is the wine for you. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Pontos Cepa50 2006

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    Big modern oaky nose on this, with vanilla and a blackberry tone underneath. Along with that some nice cocoa and coffee notes. In the mouth this is a wine that has some nice fruit to it and a big acidity, but really no body, and a strange almost chemically finish. Tastes like artificial fruit. Finish is VERY short with odd green tannins, that m... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Vermador Ecológico Monastrell Cosecha 2007

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    This wine shows a dark cherry core fading to a medium cherry rim. The color is sumptuous, reminding me of a shiny plastic couch you might find in a swanky retro wine bar in the heart of Chicago. Dipping my nose into the glass, I get pure cherry essence with just lacing of vanilla. Slightly spicy in the background with the occasional headline of ... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Pontos Cepa50 2006

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    Dark rhubarb in color, appearing viscous and thick in the glass. On the nose, I get a bit Robitussin, followed by toasted almond shells and chocolate. Ooh, can you say tart, empty, void of personality. With overwhelming and searingly strong tannins combined with a racy acidity that cuts the tip of my tongue in half, I'm not very pleased with thi... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Pontos 2005

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    Fat vanilla and stewed fruit nose on this one. With a touch of chocolate mint at the outer edges, making it somewhat intriguing, but not drawing me in. Drying fine tannins on this wine with an acidity that is nice and fresh, though absolutely no body. Maybe a bit tainted, though not really sure. This is not good wine. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Pontos Cepa50 2006

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    Sickly cherry nose to this light red wine. Coffee/cocoa notes, though not appealing. In the mouth this wine has some strong tannins, though not well integrated and the plate is a thin as list of excuses to buy this wine. Nothing to this at all. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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