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I bet you’ve had a Monastrell varietal wine but didn’t know it. You may recognize it by it’s French name, Mourvedre. A delicious and complex flavor profile gives this grape it’s idiosyncratic taste and body which contributes to it being a vital balancing component of GSM wine blends. By itself it is rich with dark cherry fruit and berry flavors and earthy deep violet and herbal aromas, but it also has a medium body and silky mouth feel.

This Albero Monastrell from Spain, fits the bill and delivers all those flavors, making 2013 Albero Monastrellan ideal wine to drink with traditional Spanish tapas grilled meats and poultry with meaty dark carmelized flavors. $5.99