2018 Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell

Year: 2018
Appellation: Alicante
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$9.95

"The incredible value 2018 La Tremenda is pure Monastrell from 26-year-old vines on sandy and silt soils covered with rolling stones. It fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak barrels for six months. It's a more delicate expression of Monastrell, with good balance, quite transparent; it was easy, and the wines have very good freshness, with less concentration but terrific balance and definition, quite fruit-driven but with complexity and depth. It's approachable, really good for an entry level and amazing for the price. This is really impressive. An honest Monastrell. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020.

The wines of Enrique Mendoza are still produced by his son Pepe Mendoza, who also has his personal project. They have 80 hectares of vineyards aged 22 to 75 years old and produce 600,000 bottles. 2018 is a good vintage with higher yields, but 2019 was a lot more challenging because there were torrential rains during the harvest after a lot of heat and Monastrell didn't manage to ripen properly." (WA)

"Glistening red. Cherry and raspberry scents are complemented by spice and floral accents. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors that turn sweeter through the midpalate. Fine-grained tannins shape a long, spicy finish that shows fine definition and features a repeating red fruit note." (VM)

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.