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La Bodega de Pinoso "Vermador" Tinto Ecologico Monastrell 2006, D.O. Alicante.  **HERITAGE WINE**

Color: dark red with purple.
Nose: expressive, with dense, very ripe (sweet) fruit (cherries, brambles, strawberries), spices, warm, some earthiness, young and juicy style, some depth and a touch of complexity, clean and very well balanced.
Taste: quite intense and powerful, but also round, juicy and warm, with ripe black fruit, spicy nuances, alcohol, a smoky spiciness, a touch of piquant tannins, good concentration, good mid-palate, clean, excellent balance.
Finish: quite intense, long, coming up, spicy, warm, juicy with some tannins and sweet-jammy fruit, a touch of caramel, clean and very good balance.

* An organically produced wine, very rich and warm style, young and fruity, but also spicy and earthy style with dense mid-palate and a touch of tannin, roundness, depth and some complexity, clean and honest style with very good balance. Very good value for money!

- This wine is intended to be drunk relatively young, but its structure suggest a few years aging will not be a problem.  I doubt if it benefits from this, the fruit is attractive now, the wine will become more balsamic and earthy/spicy in style. Drink between now and 2010.

- This wine is made of organically grown Monastrell grapes. The Monastrell (called Mataro in the New World) is not an easy ingredient if you want to make supple and soft wines. It is loaded with strong and fierce tannins. It is at least closely related to the French Mourvčdre (Bandol) grape, but has great fruit potential and can provide richness. These are always strong wines with good structure and extract, strong color and also a very spicy character in young wines that turns into more balsamic nuances after aging. Blending with other (less severe) grapes is common practice except in some regions as Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla. This wine is obviously made from grapes from old vineyards, it shows clearly in the depth of the wine and the very nice dense fruit. Modern techniques and a very skilled wine maker fashion this wine into a easy to drink, but highly individual wine of very good quality. The regional climate is kind to organic viticulture as one can taste in this wine. Like the dry white Vermador this is not a middle of the road wine, this is a statement of dedication, quality and respect for terroir.
The Spanish seem to do the right thing when it comes to wine making. Huge investments were (and are being) made in the wineries and vineyards with impressive wines as a result. La Bodega de Pinoso is a big cooperative producer to watch closely, since vintage 2006 several wines have made enormous progress. The style is more aimed at the demanding export market, before 2006 the local and Spanish market dictated the style: more sturdy and strong wines crying out for rich dishes. Now various wines are produced that easily can compete in style, quality and price with those of the New World. They still are unmistakably Spanish in style which is a very good thing these days: preserving the precious identity that makes wine so fascinating and enjoyable.  La Bodega de Pinoso is also producing some very good (since vintage 2006) non-organic wines too (brands "Torre del Reloj" and "Pontos").

- lotnr.: 0721

- tasted: 18-07-’07

- estimated retail price ca. 5,50 euro

- average production: unknown

- La Bodega De Pinoso, Coop. V., Mrs. Katerina Prazakova, Paseo de la Constitución 82, 03650  Pinoso (Alicante) ; tel.: +34-965 477 04 ;  fax.: +34-966 970 149 ;  mobile: +34-620 341 237 ; e-mail: ;  web site: