Depaula Monastrell 2016
6.71₣ (Exc. VAT bot. 75 cl.)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Always an incredible value, the 2016 Depaula is pure Monastrell from vines planted at 900-meters altitude. It fermented and aged in 4,500-liter oak vats with full clusters and indigenous yeasts. This is different from the other reds; it's from a different region (outside Jumilla) with more color and a different profile, even if they have harvested earlier and obtained a wine with less alcohol. However, it's not easy to make a straightforward and fruit-driven red with ungrafted ancient Monastrell, and in the future, they might release a more serious cuvée of Monastrell. This has chalky tannins and a nice mouthfeel, with the juiciness of the variety and the minerality from the soils, and has balsamic and Mediterranean aromas and flavors. It's serious and balanced rather than explosive. 30,000 bottles produced.
Between 12ºC and 14ºC
Aged for 7 months in 600-liters French oak foudres.