Grape(s): 100% Monastrell, from 35 year old, organically farmed, estate grown bush vines
Localization: Jumilla, Spain
Tasting Notes: The nose offers up a fine blend of black cherries, roasted meats, chicory, beautiful, salty soil tones, wild fennel, a touch of oak and a topnote of bonfires. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a fine core, excellent soil signature, suave tannins and impressive length and grip on the very well-balanced finish.
Notes: Practicing organic, Vegan. Pre-fermentative maceration at 60 F for 4 days and then fermented in stainless steel vats for 8 days at 74 F. Aged for 5 months in 70% American oak and 30% French oak barrels, all second fill
The Domain: Bodegas Sierra Norte has over 50 hectares of bush vine Monastrell planted in warm and arid Jumilla Denomination of Origin. Their original plantings date back to 1958. Their focus on quality hinges on reduced grape yields and they are engaged in increasing biologic diversity and improving soil structure. They firmly believe that these efforts will yield balanced wines which will more clearly express their local environment. The winery converted all of their vineyards to organic growing methods in 2012, but are not currently seeking certification.