2016 Elo Monastrell
What doesn’t make this wine unique? You've never tasted Monastrell like this before. Elo comes from a high altitude, single vineyard planted since 1973 in Yecla. The vines are harvested early, often one whole month before their neighbors, to maintain freshness and avoid over-maturation. Cement resting, untouched, for one year before barrel.
GRAPE: 100% Monastrell (ungrafted original rootstock). Vines planted since 1973. Tended in rocky, chalky and limestone soil at 770 m (2,526 ft) elevation.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE: The Denominación de Origen, Yecla, is a plateau surrounded by mountains in the southeast of Spain nearing the Mediterranean in the Alicante region, where average temperatures from April to October are 19 Celsius (66 Fahrenheit). Elo is from an arid, single vineyard (El Alterón) from the Highlands where the days are sunny and the night air is fresh. The annual rainfall averages 11.8 inches. Elo is planted at 770 m (2,526 ft) elevation in rocky, chalky limestone soil. The cool, coastal Mediterranean influence sweeping these plateaus allow the nighttime temperatures to drastically drop and cool the vines following the sweltering afternoons of summer, where temperatures sit comfortably at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This vast shift in temperature helps concentrate the ripe fruit, while maintaining bright acidity.
Opaque ruby. Cherry, cassis and lavender on the fragrant, spice-accented nose. An appealingly sweet midweight that offers juicy red and blue fruit flavors and hints of vanilla and fruitcake. Closes smooth and broad, displaying very good clarity, smooth tannins and a late suggestion of candied licorice. -- Josh Raynolds.
The Wine Advocate, 93 points
It's ripe without excess and shows varietal aromas, a bit of tree bark, wild berries and aromatic herbs. The palate is medium to full-bodied and reveals fine, slightly grainy tannins.
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