Enrique Mendoza 'La Tremenda' Monastrell Alicante 2018 - 750ml

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92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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.

90pts Vinous

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.

Winemaker 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.

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