Can an eight dollar wine be enjoyable?
If that wine is from Bodegas Sierra Salinas, then the answer is YES!
In 2013, the Miñano and Gómez families, purchased Bodega Sierra Salinas, a winery founded in 2000 by the Castaño family of Yecla. Since 2013, the philosophy of the Miñano and Gómez families has been to restore focus on the vineyards, by converting all of them to organic and dry farming. The temptation in such an arid climate as Alicante is to irrigate, but dry farming in this zone forces the root structures to grow deep and produces bunches with a tremendous natural balance of phenolic ripeness and healthy pH. They have also minimized the impact of new oak barrique in their wines, and at this price point, are creating a completely unique style of Monastrell from Alicante
The “Mo” is from estate grown parcels of Monastrell between 20 and 50 years old. The vineyards are composed of rocky, chalky soils that are very shallow - between one foot and three and a half feet deep. Very loose soils with good drainage situated right over a limestone mother rock.
After fermentation, the wine sits six to eight months in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and soften tannins.
Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mo Alicante Monastrell 2018
Shelf Price $8.99
Sale Price $7.97
The sale price is good for one week only.
Traditional winemaking - the grapes are sorted rigorously and are destemmed at the bodega. The grapes are macerated in stainless steel tanks and undergo malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques. Pumpovers are light and infrequent to avoid over-extraction of the Monastrell.
90 pts James Suckling
A primary-fruited style with violet reduction and raspberries. Bright and fruity, this is reminiscent of Beaujolais and quite enjoyable. Drink now.