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

Color: dark red with purple.
Nose: expressive, with obvious and spicy wood, nice, very ripe (sweet) fruit (cherries, brambles), warm, some earthiness, vanilla, smoke and some depth and a touch of complexity, clean and well balanced.
Taste: medium intense and powerful, good body, with some spicy tannins, but also round, juicy and warm, with wood, vanilla, cigar-box, some cedar but also ripe black fruit, smoke and fresh acidity very good balance.
Finish: quite intense, long, coming up, spicy, warm, with vanilla, smoke and tobacco, juicy with some tannins and fruit, a touch of caramel, clean and very good balance.

* An organically produced wine, rich, round and warm style, intense, matured in wood providing spices, vanilla and impressions of cedar, but also fruity and earthy. Good mid-palate some tannin, depth and some complexity, clean style with very good balance. Very good value for money!

- This wine is intended to be drunk relatively young like its unwooded Vermador tinto , but its structure suggest a few years aging will not be a problem.  There is nothing to gain with keeping this wine. it is already at its peak. 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, careful maturation in wood 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.: 0722

- tasted: 18-07-’07

- estimated retail price ca. 6,50 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: