Region: Yecla, Spain

This wine comes from the Senorio de Barahonda winery. It is a blend of 50% Monastrell (a new one for me), 20% Syrah, 20% Merlot, and 10% Tempranillo. Monastrell is a native grape in Spain, where it is called Mourvedre. It is best known as a blending grape in the Southern Rhone due to its good color (from thick skins), high acid and high tannins. This is a full-bodied wine; 100% unoaked, but yet has bold, rich flavors of juicy dark berries with earthy tones. 14% alcohol. It goes down rather smooth, and is a great value at around $11.