2017 Alceno Romeo Monastrell Roble

 
Mourvedre is a wonderfully hardy, hearty grape, used extensively throughout the Southern Rhone, and usually a constituent of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras. In Spain it’s called Monastrell, and frequently is offered as 100% Monastrell. Which is what this wine is all about. According to James Suckling, “This is a suave, rich and polished Monastrell with a very attractive blueberry nose that follows to the fresh, smoothly rendered palate. Drink now or hold.” The reviewer gave it 93 points, which may be a tad high, in my opinion, but it’s still truly delicious. But here’s the thing: This wine is available for as little as $8 from WineDeals, with most others offering it for $12-$13.

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