Parajes del Valle 2021 Jumilla Monastrell
Pairs with: Lamb tartar
Good for: Unwinding after a chaotic day with a good meal and a full bottle of wine.
I am from: Jumilla, Spain
The story: Winemaker Maria Jover, who honed her craft at Vega Sicilia, before she returned to her native Levante, produces wonderfully fresh wines from the organic, old-vine Monastrell grapes in Spain's Jumilla DOP. Since its beginning, the winery has focused efforts on the preservation of the “Terraje” farming system whereby landholders rent their vineyard to the farmers, ensuring care and respect for the vines in return for a small percentage of production. While nearly all of the 80-90-year-old vines in Jumilla are currently farmed in this manner, the future is less certain as many landowners are advancing changes that would increase the productivity of the vines. Parajes del Velle is committed to ensuring that the “Terraje” farming system is preserved, ensuring the higher quality old vine fruit and higher pay for those tending the vines.
Why you’ll love me: Bright, piercing cherry red, crisp and glistening. The nose is also bright, intense, and concentrated with redcurrants, cherry, raspberry, and some green pepper spice. The fruit is fresh, and juicy but with piercing clean acidity and young grippy tannins. Concentrated and elegant redcurrant fruit persists to finish on spice, fresh tobacco, and lots of acidity.