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Deep ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented blackberry and cherry scents are complicated by hints of cola and candied flowers. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated dark fruit and spice cake flavors along with suggestions of lavender pastille and licorice. Closes with persistent, resonating spiciness and solid punch; youthfully chewy tannins add shape and grip. -- Josh Reynolds
Barahonda Monastrell is an estate-bottled wine made by Señorío de Barahonda, the oldest winery in the Yecla DO region. The Candela family established the bodega in 1925. Sin-Madera means this wine sees no oak, and the objective of winemakers Augustin Carrion and Araceli Gonzalez Martinez is to show the unadulterated purity of the Monastrell grape. Araceli and Augustin are key figures who have shown the potential of Monastrell in Yecla. Monastrell is better known as Mourvédre in France's Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where the terroir and climate are similar to Yecla. Both regions have a Mediterranean climate with warm days and nights. Located in the warmer southeast part of Spain, Yecla is one of the country's oldest wine regions, with a rich history that dates back to the 6th Century. In recent years, the astounding rediscovery of Yecla by American journalists and consumers has prompted international acclaim for wines based on Monastrell, a grape native to Spain, was brought to France around the 5-6th Century.click here for more information.