Hilanda Monastrell

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Hilanda means the synchronous nature where the vines are planted 1 meter apart and the rows are 1 meter wide. The vineyards are high altitude, 2300 – 2650 feet above sea level, dry farmed and completely organic. The average age of the vines are 25-40 years old, and the yields are tiny – less than 1.4 tons per acre! This is largely due to the harsh climate, and while the vineyards produce less fruit – the stress makes the fruit it does produce much higher quality and better flavor. The wine is a nice purple hue in the glass and has a lovely bouquet of dark berries and spicy Earth. The palate is rich and smooth, with rich blueberry notes with red cherry hues mixed with earthy notes, smooth tannins and a hint of minerality.

90 Points James Suckling

Lorca Monastrell Seleccion

The Lorca Seleccion is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Syrah with malolactic fermentation in barrel and aging for 16 months in new French and Hungarian oak. A glass-coating purple/black color, it gives up a brooding bouquet of mineral, game, Asian spices, violets, and blueberry. Dense, layered, and full-flaored, it will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020.