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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  • Salvador

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Alicante Bouschet

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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Primitivo Quiles Cono 4 2010

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    Smooth, but still w body. Tasty primitivo. Had with flounder and polenta 8/2012 Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Primitivo Quiles Cono 4 2010

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    nose is redolent of almost baked raisins but otherwise fairly full, opens up nicely over the course of an hour or so, but can be a little alcoholic at the start. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Tarima Monastrell 2010

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    My Rating 87: This wine is dry and has a firm structure, good restrained fruit. Alcohol 14.5% not noticeable.Nose balanced and slightly complex. Good price $ 7.- Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • During the Rose virtual tasting, some folks started talking about the various ... ... of Teinturier grapes are ALICANTE BOUSCHET, ROYALTY, and RUBIRED. Most Teinturier grapes have some connection to Alicante Bouschet."Rubired and Royalty were hybridized at UC Davis; I've seen Rubired wines but had no interest in purchasing.  Alicante Bouschet ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Red Grapes, with red flesh.


  • Tarima Monastrell Jumilla 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by michaeldecorte


  • Cantarranes Reserva Old Vines 2001

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    I just instantly liked this. some might find this weak, but I found it subtle and virtually no lingereing after taste, just disappears. Read More

    Wine review by mcawrx


  • Had the pleasure of atending the 2nd annual Historic Vineyard Society Vineyard ... ... Pagani with its massive Alicante Bouschet vines lining Hwy 12 just south of the Kenwood Inn. The 7' x 7' spacing of the vines here make it one that is incredibly tough to farm as the rows are too narrow for most farm equipment. It was orignally plowed by ho... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Zinfandel / Historic...


  • San Alejand las Rocas Garn'06 2008

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    Dark slightly murky purple. Berry, but also alcoholic on the nose. Lots of fruit, blacberry, on the tip of the tongue. Not a heavyweight, that's for sure. I would say medium-bodied. Kind of bitter, viney on the back of the palate. US$10.99 at WIne Club. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • San Alejand las Rocas Garn'06 2008

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    A perfect wine for a meat dinner, made of garnacha grapes which are very unique to this area of the world. This wine is from the very small village Miedes y the region of Aragon in Spain. It is a D.O Calatayud. I am a lover of garnacha and Bodegas San Alejandro make some of the best wines, this one is one of their cheapest ones but a very nice s... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Tarima Monastrell Jumilla 2009

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    Deep redish purple, soft tannins, light fruit flavor Read More

    Wine review by bobcatpunk


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