Another pick from the 25 plus wines sampled at the Murcia Tasting at the Astor Center this week, from Yecla, Spain, comes this blend of 50% Monastrell*, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah with 10 months in French and American oak and 14% alcohol. Color is a clear, ruby red. On the nose (nadiz) is a luscious fruitiness from the Monastrell, while the mouth (boca) has a floral freshness probably from the Syrah. The finish is long and smooth with oak influences. I like this one a lot.
* There was some speculation that the Monastrell and Mourvedre grape were one in the same, but has since been proven untrue by dna tests.