“A beautiful, unoaked Chardonnay (which is how most Chardonnay should be). Fresh and fruity, this lemon-heavy wine percolates up notes of cinnamon-spiced applesauce, guava, and a touch of pineapple. Amazingly drinkable, and a ridiculous value at this price.” (A)
Castillo de Monjardín - The Written Palette
“A Garnacha sourced from 70-year-old vines. This wine reflects a lighter texture and body yet displays a jammy and sweeter quality. Aromas of plums dominate the nose while the palate exudes flavors of blackberry with hints of pepper on the finish.”
“Limpid ruby. Spice-accented blackberry and cherry aromas display good clarity and lift. Nicely concentrated, yet lively in style, offering juicy dark berry and spicecake flavors that show no rough edges. Finishes with a touch of jamminess on a nicely persistent, subtly tannic finish.”
“Deep ruby color. Smells of strawberry and black cherry jam, smoky tobacco, herbs, clove and vanilla. Fresh and bright on the palate with light tannins and juicy raspberries, strawberries and red plums. Flavors of tobacco, mint, cola and vanilla add some complexity. Fresh and fun, accessible but balanced, too. Nice for the price. 85% Garnacha and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Stainless steel-fermented, aged six months in old French oak.”
“A dark purple color and overripe raisin, berry and clove aromas introduce this Navarran blend. The palate is cloying and overweight, with wood resin and clove flavors. It finishes with that clove note, confirming its one-dimensional character.”
“The new and recently bottled 2016 Garnacha La Cantera fermented with selected yeasts and matured in third use 300-liter oak barrels for six months. It's approachable, aromatic, fruit-driven and young, quite varietal and pleasant.”
“This plump red offers cherry and plum flavors that are ripe and fresh, backed by light leafy and toasty notes. The firm tannins are well-integrated, adding support to a rich, slightly jammy character.