Jumilla-Calatayud-Monstant-Almansa-Castilla y Leon-Rueda-Rias Baixas, Spain

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Honoro Vera Organic & Vegan Monastrell

SKU 919621
Country Spain
Region Jumilla
Type Red
Varietal Monastrell
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB

Colour

Intense, bright cherry-coloured robe with a purple rim.

Aroma

Sweet, pleasant notions of red fruit, along with fresh flowers and subtle herbal hints. Delicate touches of spices and toast.

Flavour

Red fruit, spices and balsam, an overall sensation of freshness and youth, with a medium body, a tight acidity and some crunchy tannins.

Food Pairing

Bluefish, cold meats, grilled lamb, grilled red meats, grilled vegetables, roasted lamb, semi-curred cheese.

More Info

This wine is made from grapes from organic vineyards in accordance with the rules of the European Union and the United States. The vines are planted in limestone soils and go without irrigation, even though rainfall does not exceed 300 mm annually. The result: low yields of top quality grapes.

89 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Sept/2020

2019 -

"The certified-organic Monastrell 2019 Honoro Vera Organic fermented in open-top stainless steel vats with selected indigenous yeasts and was bottled unoaked. It's quite similar to the regular Monastrell, all from their own vineyard with serious varietal aromas and a fruit-driven and juicy personality, serious and varietal, approachable but not banal, transcending its price point. Great value. 216,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020."

91 pts

James Suckling, Jul/2019

2018 -

"The brambly ripe cherries are super fresh here with a sleek, modern feel that offers a gently smoky, wet dark-stone edge. The palate has a rich, sweet core of tangy raspberry and red-plum flavor. Succulent. Drink or hold."

90 pts

Guía Peñin 2020

2018 -

90 pts

Guía Peñin 2020

2017 -

89 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Apr/2019

2017 -

"Lurid ruby. Smoke-accented cherry and blackcurrant scents are complemented by suggestions of black pepper, licorice and cured meat. Taut and structured on the palate, offering dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that are sweetened by a subtle violet pastille nuance. Fine-grained tannins build steadily on the finish, which lingers with good, smoke-tinged persistence. There's something Syrah-like going on here. (all stainless steel)"

 

Wine Spectator, Dec/2017

2016 -

"This fruity red offers black cherry, blackberry and plum pudding flavors, while vanilla and leafy notes add interest. Lively acidity and light tannins focus the plush texture. Drink now through 2022. 18,000 cases made."

 

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2017

2016 -

"There is also an organic version of the unoaked entry-level Monastrell, the 2016 Honoro Vera Organic. In Jumilla it is easy to farm organically; the only difficulty is to manage all the paperwork required for the certification. Even though they sell at the same price, this is always a tad deeper than the regular Honoro Vera. This shows more focused fruit and cleaner, more defined aromas, with varietal notes and good balance between ripeness and freshness. The palate is juicy and fruit driven with round tannins that provide a velvety texture. This is very good for its price. 240,000 bottles produced."

91 pts

Daenna Van Mulligen, Winescores.ca, Oct/2017

2015 -

Top 100 Wines of 2017 "Delicious, slick, plush. This organic Monastrell is inky and decadent offering ripe chocolaty flavours layered with black raspberry, black cherries, violets, vanilla, espresso and baking spices. Equally plush on the palate it has an overt generosity; mocha, purple fruits, vanilla liqueur and licorice. Slick and modern, supple and potent."

 

James Suckling, Dec/2016

2015 -

"Some fruit and herbaceous character features on the nose of this red. Medium body, compact yet smooth tannins and a juicy and citrusy finish. Bitter aftertaste. Drink now."

 

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Jun/2016

2015 -

"The 2015 Honoro Vera Organic is produced with grapes from organically-certified, head-pruned, dry-farmed vines fermented in open top stainless steel vats with malolactic in those same vats. Here they source the grapes from slightly older vines, because all of their vineyards (all of their 750 hectares between their two projects in Jumilla) are organically-farmed and certified; in fact, the winery is also certified. This feels a little deeper than the regular Honoro Vera, with a little more concentration and some fine tannins. Very good for what it is. 240,000 bottles produced."

 

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan/2017

2015 -

"(raised entirely in stainless steel tanks) Bright ruby-red. Smoky and ripe on the nose, displaying singed plum, dark berry liqueur and licorice aromas and a hint of cracked pepper. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering chewy cassis and bitter cherry flavors that stretch out slowly with air. Dusty tannins add grip to the spice-laced finish, which echoes the smoke and cherry notes."

 

Wine Spectator, Web Only 2017

2015 -

"Smoky, herbal and earthy notes frame modest cherry fruit flavors in this lean, firm red, focused by light, firm tannins and crisp acidity. A bit rustic, but fresh. Drink now through 2020. 18,000 cases made."

90 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Jan/2016

2014 -

"Bright purple. Deep spice-laced black and blue fruits on the nose. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors and hints of allspice and licorice. The finish is at once rich and energetic, with solid thrust and late-arriving tannins lending shape. This wine is aged entirely in stainless steel."

89 pts

Gismondi on Wine, Aug/2017

"Highly perfumed red fruits, resinous thorns, heady carnations and anise on this bright, tight, organic, dry-farmed, limestone-soiled monastrell from Jumilla. Surfing crunchy acidity, fine, gritty tannins house the streamlined flow to a medicinal, amaro-finused, quite warm (14.5 percent) finish. Interesting and intense; if Campari was dry and compacted, I reckon it would be this. Rack of lamb or pork ribs would rock with this."