2009 Monje, Tinto Tradicional, red Tacoronte-Acentejo D.O. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
The Monje Tinto Tradicional is a blend of Listán Negro, Negramoll, and Listán Blanco, fermented and raised in big 400 Liter, old American, neutral oak and bottled unfiltered. This vintage is showing pretty floral tones, rich spicy red fruits and loaded with saline mineral edginess that all comes together beautiful in this interesting red from the exotic Canary Islands, which sit off the coast of Morocco and the African continent. Grown on Tenerife’s volcanic soils and cooled by the Atlantic breezes the vines give tiny yields and produce exciting and racy fruit and earthy/spicy flavors that are unique and enjoyably different. The 2009 Monje Tinto shows dried and cut flowers with rose petals, violets and incense while a garrigue and truffle note add life, leading to a silky, but vibrant palate of red currant, cherry, tangy plum and lavender, plus a touch of leather, red pepper, brine and scorched rock. With tangy layers and medium weight this nice red is great with many foods and moderate alcohol makes it super for afternoon enjoyment.
($22 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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