I’m still in love with Spanish Mourvedre, or Monastrell as it’s called down there. Real personality combined with great value, what more could one wish for.
Of the many styles of Monastrell (from dirty, low-SO2 to New World oakmonsters), the Al-muvedre from Telmo Rodriguez is one of the purest expression. It’s not a showy wine, but one with perfect ripeness and balance. It’s only medium-bodied, supported by good acidity and well measured tannins. It’s also varietally correct, with that captivating wild, gamey edge to the ripe, black fruits. It’s not complex but so charming and stylish, I could not get bored of it.