Bodegas Murtia Carmine Monastrell 2008
COLOR: Deep dark ruby
BOUQUET: Fine, fresh berry fruit and well-integrated oak
FLAVOR: Smooth, balanced, silky dark cherries
VARIETIES: Monastrell 80% Syrah 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
Monastrell from 40 year old vines, bush planted
YIELD: Less than 3 ton per hectare
VINEYARD: Canada del Cerro Blanco. Sedimentary soil rich in granite.
Hand harvest. Grapes fermented without crushing them first.
AGING: 8 months in new French and American Oak casks (50-50). Malolactic in the barrels.
Still youthful, this shows its potential in a core of ripe red fruit supported by a thick net of spicy tannin. The texture is generous, the flavors fresh. A textbook example of monastrell to cellar for four or five years, then serve with braised wild boar.