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April Wine of the Month 2014 Monte Oton Garnacha, Spain
Wine of the Month
2014 Monte Oton Garnacha
Year in, year out Monte Oton is one of the world’s greatest wine values. It appeals to both the novice wine consumer and the seasoned veteran and retails in Seville’s Wine Shoppe for $7.99. A ridiculous price considering its pedigree and the boatload of faceless, tasteless and innocuous wines available in that price range.
Monte Oton is 100% Garnacha (Grenache) made exquisitely unadorned with no wood to interfere with its pure fruit expression. Pours a vivid ruby hue in the glass with essences of Bing cherries, blackberry jam, white pepper and minerality. It’s an easy to drink wine but has enough grip and dimension to keep things interesting.
Monte Oton hails from the foothills of an extinct volcano, Mt. Moncayo near Aragon in Northeastern Spain. This is where the wine gets its minerality from its chalky, alluvial soils in the vineyard. The windswept vineyards that produce this Garnacha are between 15 and 25 years old and planted on stony soils with clay and limestones. The dry, sunny climate allows the grapes to fully mature producing this impressive wine.
This is a terrific barbecue wine as it pairs so well with meats and vegetables off the grill. I would recommend chilling the wine for 20-30 minutes before serving as all reds taste better served in the 55° - 60° range.
This is a perfect party wine and a wine to purchase by the case! According to esteemed wine critic Robert Parker, “The Winemaking is impressive and the values that emerge from here are mind-boggling.” Well said!