Porta Regia Monastrell Old Vines 2015


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"The 2015 Monastrell “Old Vines” from Porta Regia follows in the path of the 2014 version, tipping the scales at a very civilized fourteen percent alcohol, though the 2015 version is more red fruity in personality...The classy bouquet of the 2015 is excellent, offering up a complex and meaty mélange of raspberries, cherries, wild fennel, spiced meats and a touch of fresh nutmeg in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex and very well-balanced, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip, modest tannins and impressive bounce on the long and softly tannic finish. This is a terrific wine for its thirteen dollar price tag here in the US and has to be one of the best values in the realm of Spanish wines!...Good juice. 2017-2020+” 89 points View from the Cellar; January/February 2017

Bodegas Sierra Norte has over 50 hectares of bush vine Monastrell planted in warm and arid Jumilla Denomination of Origin. Their original planting date to 1958. They reduce grape yields and 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.

Appellation- D.O. Jumilla
Grapes- 100% Monastrell; vines average 25 years-old
Altitude / Soil- 600 meters / limestone, poor in organic matter and low salinity
Farming Methods- Practicing Organic
Harvest- Hand harvested
Production- Pre-fermentative maceration for 4 days, followed by fermentation with skins for 6 days
Aging- Aged for a brief period in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling