Elo Monastrell<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?What doesn’t make this wine unique? You've never tasted Monastrell like this before. Elo comes from a high altitude, single vineyard planted since 1973 in Yecla. The vines are harvested early, often one whole month before their neighbors, to maintain freshness and avoid over-maturation. Cement resting, untouched, for one year before barrel.
RATING HISTORY:2017 93JS; 2016 93WA; 2015 94WA, 92JS; 2014 93WA; 2013 93WA & JS
GRAPE:100% Monastrell (ungrafted original rootstock). Vines planted since 1973. Tended in rocky, chalky and limestone soil at 770 m (2,526 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This is a Monastrell to enjoy, savor and sip. Due to its restraint and balance, Elo is an incredibly food-friendly wine. Ideal pairings include pastas with sausage, octopus, dishes heavy in green vegetables and lean meats. This wine also pairs perfectly with cheeses.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:The harvest takes place approximately 25 days earlier than what is customary of the region, at the moment when the grapes are most flavorful and balanced. They fill open stainless steel tanks with whole clusters for a slow press and 28-day maceration which then goes to 2-3 year-old 500 liter French oak barrels for one year, followed by a rest in a 2000 liter cement tank. Once bottled, Elo spends a minimum of 8 months ageing in the cellar before being released to the market. Monastrell needs more time than most varieties to achieve and express its full potential. It is amazing how the wine evolves once aged for more than two years.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The Denominación de Origen, Yecla, is a plateau surrounded by mountains in the southeast of Spain nearing the Mediterranean in the Alicante region, where average temperatures from April to October are 19 Celsius (66 Fahrenheit). Elo is from an arid, single vineyard (El Alterón) from the Highlands where the days are sunny and the night air is fresh. The annual rainfall averages 11.8 inches. Elo is planted at 770 m (2,526 ft) elevation in rocky, chalky limestone soil. The cool, coastal Mediterranean influence sweeping these plateaus allow the nighttime temperatures to drastically drop and cool the vines following the sweltering afternoons of summer, where temperatures sit comfortably at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This vast shift in temperature helps concentrate the ripe fruit, while maintaining bright acidity.
TASTING NOTES:Opaque ruby. Cherry, cassis and lavender on the fragrant, spice-accented nose. An appealingly sweet midweight that offers juicy red and blue fruit flavors and hints of vanilla and fruitcake. Closes smooth and broad, displaying very good clarity, smooth tannins and a late suggestion of candied licorice. -- Josh Raynolds.
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