Al Muvedre Monastrell Tinto 2013
Black cherry characterises this oaky, unafraid Monastrell from one of Spain’s most exciting producers.
Al-muvedre Monastrell is a perfectly enjoyable wine. It’s not in my list of Spain’s bests though. Ultimately that comes down to the amount of oak influence in the wine. It’s very bold, with a mix of juicy sweetness and a full-bodied, tannic structure; “confused” might possibly be the word.
Which is a shame, because producer Telmo Rodriguez has made some really dazzling wines in the past few years that are arond £7-£10 in price.
Nevertheless, this ruby young wine has enough pleasing alcohol warmth and black cherry oomph to drink easily once you tune your senses to it. People who drink a lot of Spanish red will have no problem drinking Al-muvedre but if you’re more used to the new world softness or Merlot-dominant Bordeaux you may struggle with the wine.
From around £8 it’s still worth a try!
Juicy, young and cherry-forward red from producer Telmo Rodriguez.