El Bon Homme Monastrel Cabernet DO Valencia
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PRODUCER: Rafael Cambra has spent most of his life in a vineyard. His family own one of the most prestigious nurseries in Spain, with clients like Vega Sicilia, Alvaro Palacios and many more. He established his own cellar in 2001 after finding a vineyard with 50-year-old Monastrell vines. In addition he planted some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The vineyards lie in the lowest part of the Sierra, inland from Valencia, with olive and almond trees surrounding in this Mediterranean climate. His philosophy is based on minimal intervention throughout the process, from vineyard to cellar to bottle, creating elegant yet restrained wines.
WINE MAKING: The grapes are hand-picked in 8kg crates. Wine is fermented at 25C for one week, and 1/3 of it is aged in new French oak barrels for 4 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.
TASTING NOTE: On the nose, dark ripe fruits such as damson plums and morello cherries meld with more meaty, savoury notes and a surprising floral character. On the palate, the sweet ripe dark fruits, savoury edge and soft gentle tannins are backed up by the fresh acidity that comes from the high altitude in the Valencian Hills.