2017 Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell

Year: 2017
Appellation: Alicante
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :


"The pure Monastrell 2017 La Tremenda always represents great value and showcases the behavior of the grape in the Mediterranean climate and soil from Alicante. The grapes from 25-year-old vines fermented in small stainless steel vats, and the wine matured in French oak barrels for six months. There are notes of fresh fruit, rosemary and thyme, with clean aromas, open and expressive. The palate is juicy and round, and this is an entry-level red that represents the higher volume in the winery. This wine reflects the changes over the last seven or eight years: they do three tries of the harvest, and the first bunches tend to go to this wine. The well-seasoned barrels also go to this wine, and the vinification is much softer. The result is fruit-driven, with just a spicy twist. 2017 seems a lot cooler in the Mediterranean part of Spain than in most of the inland regions like Rioja, Ribera del Duero and so on. This is a bargain Monastrell. 70,000 bottles. It was bottled in December 2018.

The Enrique Mendoza range has been simplified. "Basically, the market simplifies your portfolio," Pepe Mendoza told me. "And there's more interest for Monastrell and the Mediterranean grapes." All of the wines are now fermented with indigenous yeasts, and they are looking for the fresh fruit profile of an earlier harvest.

I had an interesting comparison between the 2016s and 2017s, and contrary to what I've seen in most of the other regions in Spain, 2017 seems much more elegant and fresher than 2016, which was also the case in other wineries, like Casa Castillo. 2017 seems like a great Mediterranean vintage." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Wine Description:
The name "La Tremenda" references the name of the vineyard from which the grapes for this wine are grown and hand harvested. Made entirely from mature Monastrell vines, carefully raised in the harsh, arid landscape of Alicante. "The vine must suffer..." and here it does.

Tasting Notes:
Bright ruby-red in color, this wine shows expressive notes of fresh black cherries and red berries mingled with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length.

Food Pairing:
Pair it with pork chops Normandy, Kobe beef, or parmesan-crusted asparagus tips.

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