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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...

  • 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....

  • 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

  • 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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  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas

    The building was based on two main principles: thermal isolation and the exploitation of gravity ...

  • Bodegas Bernabé Navarro

    This property is located in the valley between Villena and La Cañada. Sierra del Morrón and its S...

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  • Bodegas Y Viñedos El Sequé Mourvedre Blend Alicante Viñedos de El Sequé 2009


    Dark berry with bitterness. Complex with a nice balance of herbs and tobacco. Great value Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom

  • Tarima Monastrell Jumilla 2010


    This is overtly oaky on the nose and powerfully so, with some attractive if subtle leathery black fruit. A little herbal on entry, this settles into a lightly spicy, decidedly oak-driven palate profile that shows flavors of toast, char and tobacco. There's plenty of tannin here as well. Astringent and dry tannins seem ready to outlive the fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Enrique Mendoza la Tremenda Monastrell D.o. Alicante Monstarell 2008


    This is musky and gamy on the nose with lots of herb and raw oak accents to the bright wild plum and blackcurrant fruit aromas. Enters the mouth with a leading edge of roasted red fruit and raw beef that gains notes of bitter cocoa and roasted herbs on the palate. This is powerful and rich, yet it retains a certain sense of transparency as it de... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bodegas Y Viñedos El Sequé Mourvedre Blend Alicante Viñedos de El Sequé 2009


    Quite aromatic on the nose with a hint of blueberry early on. Then come mineral-tinged notes of pipe tobacco, roasted chestnuts, toasty rye bread and black currant fruit. On the lighter side for Monastrell with a real softness and elegance where one normally finds only rusticity. This is not refined but remarkably well managed. Full of blue and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Enrique Mendoza la Tremenda Monastrell D.o. Alicante Monstarell 2008


    Tannic and bitter but full of black cherry. Enjoyable, I like this. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton

  • Primitivo Quiles Cono 4 2010


    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


    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

  • 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.

  • Cantarranes Reserva Old Vines 2001


    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...

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