Murcia, Spain

Exploring the Land of Monastrell


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Murcia, Spain I was one of eight lucky wine writers chosen to explore three of Murcia, Spain's incredibly unique Denomination of Origins (DOs): Yecla, Jumilla and Bullas.  More impressive than I could have ever imagined, this area has outstanding wine, unmatched beauty in both the city and rural areas, seriously savory foods and welcoming, friendly people.  It was truly the trip of a lifetime, spent exploring a region and its wines that I previously had very little knowledge about.

The deservedly prized wine grape of all three DOs is the hearty Monastrell. Comprised of small, dense clusters, the red wine grape Monastrell thrives in the semi-arid Mediterranean climate of the Murcia region.  With hot summers and mild, short winters, the average annual temperature is 65 degrees.  The sun shines in the cerulean blue skies about 320 days out of the year and with just the right amount of rainfall, about 12 inches total per year (mainly during the winter months), Monastrell flourishes.

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  • Snooth User: steve666
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    As I understand it, Monastrell is the Spanish name for Mourvedre and 100% Mouvedre is available from Spanish producers in several areas, the south of France and even some California wines. I have had some very good cheap Spanish Monastrells and they are rather different than those of the Rhone/Languedoc and California. I find them to be on the light to medium side of the spectrum.

    Aug 15, 2013 at 5:10 AM

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