Enrique Mendoza Estrecho Monastrell 2011
The 100% old-vine Monastrell 2011 Estrecho is produced with grapes from a single vineyard, from the Estrecho de Pipa zone in Villena at 700 meters altitude on sandy soils. These grapes from this dry-farmed, head-pruned vineyard had a gentle fermentation with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured for 15 months in French oak. It has classic notes of tree bark and blackberries, quite Monastrell, with grainy tannins and good fruit weight. This is always the more telluric, perhaps slightly rustic, but full of character of Mendoza's Monastrells. Very different from Las Quebradas, well done! Approachable and with potential to grow. 10,000 bottles produced.