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16 December 2004

Carchelo Tinto: Meaty Monastrell

...Also known as Mourvèdre, is a red grape that is used extensively in the Rhone valley and Spain.  It has tough-to-describe characteristics of wild game, earth, pepper and bitter fruit.  These qualities make it a nice match with roasted game (pheasant, duck, etc.).

Jumilla_yeclaBodegas Agapito Rico of the Jumilla region of Spain makes a great & affordable example of Monastrell in all its gamey glory:

Carchelo02webThe Skinny
Carchelo Tinto '03 ($8)
Medium, dusty red with hints of orange on the rim
Young & fruity scents of red cherry supported by subtle hints of meat, cedar and pepper
Medium-bodied with fairly mild tannins and a crisp finish
**** (4 stars out of 5)

A great price for a wine that is unique as well as friendly with hearty winter meals

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