Monasterio De Las Vinas Reserva 2008.

Bright, deep ruby with bit of tight, 'terracotta' hue. Medium strength. Full of cherry, minerality, pot roast aromas, herbaceous with hints of briny dill pickles and wood fire smoke. On palate, flavours of ripe black cherries, cocoa with refined tannins and refreshing acidity with a long smoky pipe tobacco. Savoury smooth and round finish. At this age, it is starting to throw a little sediment so you might opt to decant and chill lightly prior to drinking it. Notable score is RP90.

Undisputed the quality / price / rating for little wine from Ebro valley. Some 70% Garnacha, Tempranillo 20% and 10% Carignan combines recreates a modern wine, which is classically aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (Tempranillo and Carignan) and American (Grenache). 24 months of aging in bottle. All harvested at the end of September from 35 to 45 years-old bush-vines.

Versatile food matching: green peppercorn grilled steak, meaty and fatty fishes with fresh soya source, broccoli satay, international cold cuts and hard cheese, lentil burger,, and even Cheese and ‘General’ Hamburger from McDonald’s.

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