This is a great big red wine that has a wonderful deep purple color. The aroma is spicy and clean and it has the flavors of cranberry and savory red fruits with soft and round tannins. It’s well-balanced and finishes nicely. Highly recommended to be enjoyed with salads, grilled veggies and Spanish tapas.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Natural Merchants, LLC, based in Grants Pass, OR and Cartagena, Spain, introduces Tarantas Monastrell made with 100% organically grown Spanish Monastrell grapes. This outstanding and unique red is fantastic with grilled meats and vegetables, Spanish Tapas and cheeses.
Tarantas Monastrell is grown in the Jumilla region in southeast Spain on a high plateau surrounded by mountains. It enjoys a continental climate influenced by the Mediterranean Sea with warm days and cool nights, with over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually and an average rainfall that does not exceed 12 inches per year. Its soils are coarse textured with stony, sandy clay with an abundance of limestone. This soil produces grapes with thicker skins and in small clusters, with good sugar concentration and excellent acidity. All of these characteristics result in the production of intensely colored wines, which are very aromatic, fruity, tasty, rich and powerful on the palate. The suggested retail price is $11.99.
Created as a DO in 1966, Jumilla has undergone a revolution of sorts in the past few decades. A new generation of wines has caused the region to blossom and exports have increased accordingly. The Jumilla region has been called one of Spain’s fastest growing regions for high quality wines. Wine critic Robert Parker predicts “By 2015, those areas that have traditionally produced Spain’s finest wines will have assumed second place behind such up-and-coming regions as Tora, Jumilla and Priorat.”
The Monastrell grape grows well in the flat vineyards and warm, rocky soils of the region, taking up 80% of the vineyard land of Jumilla. The Monastrell reds from Jumilla are full-bodied with flavors of black fruits and plums. Tarantas Monastrell has a deep black cherry color with purple violet hues. The nose is clean, and fragrant, with bouquet of spice box, violets and blueberry. The wine has a smooth texture, with savory red fruits, soft and round tannins, well-balanced acidity, and a pure finish.
“Monastrell is one of Spain’s top 5 wines, and one that truly embodies the unique terroir in which it is grown,” says Edward Field of Natural Merchants. “We are constantly seeking unique varietals to offer throughout the United States and are delighted to add this 100% organically grown Monastrell to our portfolio.”
Tarantas is one of many fine organic labels presented by Natural Merchants, LLC, one of North America’s leading Importers and Distributors of the finest natural and organic wines direct from the European and Mediterranean regions. The company continually strives to bring the highest quality and most innovative organic wines to the U.S. market.