Idilico 2013 Monastrell, Yakima Valley, $20

By on September 28, 2016

idilico-monastrell-2013-bottleJavier Alfonso developed this sister brand of Pomum Cellars in order to highlight wines made with grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula and his roots of Spain’s Ribera del Duero. In this case, he uses the region’s reference to Mourvèdre, and his fruit sources feature two of the state’s top vineyard managers — Todd Newhouse at Upland and Patrick Rawn at Marcela. The nose opens with classic Mourvèdre notes of boysenberry and white pepper joined by French vanilla, milk chocolate, sage and mint. There’s a match on the dense palate, which offers pomegranate acidity and a bold finish of black olive, black tea and black pepper. These wines are available at Alfonso’s tasting room in Woodinville and through a variety of Northwest distributors, including Elliott Bay Distributing (Puget Sound), Cru Selections (Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho), Indie Wine Co. (Willamette Valley), Crush Distributing (Oregon Coast), Tastevin Wine (Southern Idaho) and Summit Beverage (Montana).

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 176 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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