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Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega 1999 Casta Diva Fondillón Sweet Monastrell (Alicante)

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  1. $88

Fondillón represents the pinnacle of red Spanish dessert wines, and the 1999 vintage just might make your jaw drop. Subtle but expansive on the nose, with a blend of baked dark-fruit and cinnamon aromas, it is liquid heaven in the mouth, with excellent balance and flavors of roasted plums, black cherry, nutmeg and chocolate. This is pure, structured and outstanding…

 — M.S.  (10/1/2012)
92
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Flying Dreams 2011 Monastrell (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $36

A blend of Olsen Estates and Stillwater Creek vineyards, this wine pops with heaping amounts of black pepper and raw meat aromas along with dried herb grace notes. It’s full of fruit and savory flavors, with firm tannins backing it all up. An impressive wine, this should have a long life ahead of it.

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
91
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Bokisch 2010 Belle Colline Vineyard Monastrell (Clements Hills)

  1. $21

Bokisch’s 100% Monastrell is brooding with dark fruit—black cherries, currants and blackberries. It shows a cinnamon-swirled earth note and a layer of herb, with medium body. As such, it would be a beautiful wine with roasted meats like lamb or chicken that are swaddled in herbs or anise. The tannins are soft but structured enough to age.

 — V.B.  (2/1/2013)
91
points

El Sequé 2010 Monastrell (Alicante)

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  1. $42

This purple-tinted Monastrell offers ripe yet cool aromas of blackberry and cola that run smooth and long. A deep, bright, juicy palate is weighty but balanced. Dark berry flavors are lightly toasted with fine oak, while the finish is bold and fruity. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (2/1/2015)
91
points

Enrique Mendoza 2010 Estrecho Monastrell (Alicante)

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  1. $42

Broad black fruit aromas show toasty oak and graphite notes in front of a fresh, fruity, juicy palate. Wild raspberry and boysenberry flavors come with lemony oak and toast accents, while the finish is full in fruit yet crisp and precise. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (2/1/2015)
91
points

Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega 2007 Casta Diva Recóndita Armonía Sweet Monastrell (Alicante)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $30

Composed and not the least bit pushy or punishing on the bouquet, this has gorgeous berry and spice aromas. It feels a bit racy and high in acidity, but that will only serve the wine well in the long run. Plum and boysenberry flavors lead to a racy, high-acid finish. Drink now–2020.

 — M.S.  (10/1/2012)
91
points

Bokisch 2008 Belle Colline Vineyard Monastrell (Clements Hills)

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  1. $21

Also known as Mourvèdre. This Spanish-inspired Monastrell from Bokisch, grown on a hillside, is brawny with plenty of earth and bacon bite to it, yet also floral, rich yet also bright, tasting of black cherry and pomegranate with a menthol tobacco chaser.

 — V.B.  (3/1/2012)
91
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Bodegas Rafael Cambra 2003 Minimum Monastrell (Valencia)

  1. $65

Fruit overload and gumball richness define the syrupy, super ripe nose on this Monastrell (Mourvèdre) Cabernet Franc blend from Valencia. This is big stuff, with blackberry, prune and chocolate cake qualities. It’s thick, intense, tannic and will continue to be lively and drinkable for another six or seven years. A surprise wine; 100 cases produced.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2008)
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