2015 Bodegas Ego, Fuerza
Blend: 75% Monastrell, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
As Spain's winemaking revolution matures, Jumilla continues to produce some of the world's great wine values. The region's native Monastrell, Mourvedre elsewhere, is one of the most prized varieties of Mediterranean Europe. And on account of the reliably hot, dry summers, ripeness is rarely an issue. Yet Jumilla has a diversity of terroirs, certain of which clearly transcend mere "value." And the wines of Bodegas Ego have done just that, thanks to a singular terroir and the perspective necessary to give it a meaningful voice. An alluring blend of 75% Monastrell and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 12 months in premium oak barrels, this is one of the most exciting value wines we've ever found.
Somehow, Spain seems to fly under the radar, even though it's the third largest wine producing country in the world and has the most physical space planted to vineyards. If you're an adventurous wine drinker on a budget, these full-bodied reds from Jumilla are a great place to discover new favorites.
Taste: A core of black cherry, plum and blackcurrant, with good depth and a hint of smokiness. Chewy dark berry flavors are enlivened by a spicy element and become richer with air. The palate is savory, with fine, abundant tannins and a mouth coating finish.
Wine Spectator: 90 Points
"Cola, sassafras and clove notes frame a deep core of plum and currant fruit in this dense red. The texture is plush and polished, supported by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020." Wine Spectator, 90 Points
Pairing: Beefsteak with mushrooms, hare, partridge, leg of lamb suckling, lamb, smoked meats, stews and rice with meat, salmon, eggplant with parmesan, blue cheese and cured cheese. For lighter fare, go with grilled vegetables like zucchini, asparagus, and mushrooms.