Monastrell (aka Mourvedre aka Mataro) is a fun grape that you normally see in a blend, but the Spaniards bottle it varietally. I’m opening this with sweet-and-sour chicken over fried onions and potatoes.
Albero Monastrell (2012) Jumilla, Spain – $6
Aroma: dark cherry fruit with some spicy notes; quite inviting.
Taste: round and smooth, with cherry and other berry fruit and a nice spicy, tannic finish. Good acidity throughout, too, so it’s an excellent food wine. A nice bottle to have on hand with something a little spicy, or with a pork roast. Recommended.