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BODEGAS CARCHELO

Region: Murcia
Appellation: D.O. Jumilla
City: El Carche
Winery Website: www.carchelo.com
Winery GPS Coordinates: 38.453164, -1.219565

OVERVIEW

Bodegas Carchelo dates from the early 1980s and pioneering efforts to modernize viticulture in what had been a backwater viticultural region. 250 acres of prime vineyards are widely distributed in the region, at widely varying altitudes and exposures. Varieties grown feature Monastrell (in France Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire-trained vineyards) plus Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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HISTORY

Bodegas Carchelo was founded in the early 1980s in one of the earliest efforts to bring Jumilla into the age of modern wine. In addition to the indigenous Monastrell (Mourvèdre) variety, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are grown to enhance structure. Achieving a fresh and balanced style, by the early 1990s Carchelo's rich young red had put Jumilla on the road to international respectability.

Located at altitudes between 2000 and 3500 feet in the transition between Spain's coastal plain and inland La Mancha, Jumilla's aridity combines to result in fresh nighttime temperatures during the hot growing season. Chalky and clay soils offer ideal footing for the red varieties. At under eight inches of rain per year, grape health is seldom a problem. 700 acres of estate vineyards are planted to Monastrell (Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire trained vineyards), Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot, and are located in a wide variety of subregions, altitudes and exposures, reducing the risk of frequent hail damage in the area.

Estate vineyards are located in five distinct Jumilla subregions with varying exposures and soil profiles, assuring a healthy diversity of fruit and vintage consistency.

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PRESS

Carchelo Selecto "S" (2013) - "Cedar, tobacco and forest floor notes give this firm red an earthy character, but there's a core of berry and spice detail and juicy acidity that keeps this lively through the finish. Expressive, in a savory style. Monastrell, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. "

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jun 1, 2019

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Altico "A" (2014) - "This generous red delivers plum and blackberry flavors backed by licorice, black pepper and tar notes. Gentle tannins and acidity give this just enough structure for balance."

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jun 1, 2019

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Carchelo Selecto "S" (2013) - "Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe dark berries, cola and candied flowers, with a subtle pipe tobacco quality coming up as the wine stretches out. Plush and open-knit, offering weighty blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that become livelier and spicier on the back half. Supple tannins add shape to the finish, which lingers with strong, dark fruit-dominated tenacity."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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Carchelo "C" (2016) - "Youthful violet color. Displays spice-accented cassis, bitter cherry, licorice and flavors, with a slight tarriness that emerges with air. Still on the primary side, showing good depth and a touch of dark chocolate on the finish, which is framed by chewy, building tannins."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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Carchelo "C" (2016) - "This bold red blend from Jumilla, Spain is a bright medium purple with lots of fine legs. The bouquet mixes maraschino cherry, smoke, earthy mushroom and vanilla notes. On the palate, it is dry and savory, with a medium body and medium plus acidity. Make sure to let this wine breath for an hour to fully enjoy dark plum, blackberry, dark cherry, minerality, black pepper and cocoa flavors. Go to the local BBQ joint and bring home some burnt ends and ribs to accompany this wine. Enjoy."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Apr 14, 2019

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Carchelo Selecto "S" (2013) - "This midnight purple colored wine from Spain is very good. It is also very Old World styled. It opens with prune, blackberry and licorice bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, juicy, yet has a round mouthfeel. The flavor profile is similar to the nose. It features, prune, olive, blackberry and oak. I also detected hints of black cherry, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is pretty complex. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins build up and stick around for quite a while. This wine would pair well with a Languedoc beef stew with red wine, herbs and olives."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Apr 1, 2019

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Carchelo "C" (2014) - "Spicy, toasty black-fruit aromas set up a firm palate with tannic grip. Spicy flavors of dark plum and blackberry are typical of this type of Monastrell blend. Peppery notes and herbal accents are up front on the finish."

89 Points (Best Buy)
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 1, 2016

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Carchelo Selecto (2012) - "Solid tannins give a firm foundation to this focused red, supporting harmonious flavors of plum, licorice, graphite and tar. Juicy acidity keeps this lively. The finish offers an alluring mix of spice and floral notes. Graceful and expressive. Drink now through 2022."

93 Points, Highly Recommended
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, Mar 2, 2016

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Carchelo "C" (2013) - "Inky ruby. Smoky cherry, blackberry and vanilla on the nose, with a hint of cracked pepper in the background. Smooth and open-knit, offering broad dark fruit flavors and a good wallop of oak spices. The peppery quality comes back on the finish, adding a palate-numbing nuance and sharpening the wine's plush black and blue fruit character. I wonder if a little bottle age will tame the oak here."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Sierva (2011) - "Bright violet color. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berry, violet and pipe tobacco aromas show good clarity and a hint of licorice. Sweet and expansive, offering pliant black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of vanilla. Becomes spicier with air and finishes smooth, sappy and long, with velvety tannins coming up late. "

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Carchelo "C" (2011) - "Immediately this presents itself in a positive light. The color is bright and lucid, the nose is solid and smells clean and lush, and the body is full, stout and smacks firmly with priper tannin-acid balance. Flavors of peppery, chocolaty black fruits finish toastym peppery and thorough."

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Feb 1, 2014

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Carchelo "C" (2011) - "(A blend of 40% Monastrell, 40% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon): Bright purple. Spice- and mineral-accented aromas of dried cherry and cassis, with a smoky nuance gaining strength with air. Taut and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a hint of cracked pepper. The energetic finish shows good clarity and youthful tannic grip. "

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Sierva (2010) - "(40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) Floral aromas of black and blue fruits, licorice and cola. Dense, sweet and penetrating, with firm underlying structure to its blueberry and cherry-cola flavors. Finishes ripe and long, with soft, harmonious tannins."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Carchelo "C" (2011) - "This solid red features a thick, polished texture carrying flavors of plum, chocolate, loam and toast. The tannins are firm but well-integrated, with enough acidity to keep the austere finish fresh. Drink now through 2018. 30,000 cases made."

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Apr 1, 2013

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Carchelo "C" (2011) - "This cuvee of monastrell (mourvedre), tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon is a delicious blend of traditional Spanish grape varieties with the international cabernet to produce something modern and delicious."


Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, Jan 1, 2013

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Sierva (2009) - "Big and lush, this has graphite, coconut, minty oak and huge berry fruit aromas. It’s plush in the mouth but not wayward or overly big, with roasted plum, molasses, leather and raspberry flavors and a forward barrel note. Savory and long on the finish, this is a blend of 40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo and 15% each Syrah and Cabernet."

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2012

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Carchelo "C" (2010) - "Focused and fresh, this has aromas of berry and integrated citrus. It feels rubbery and lush, with acidic cut and roasted flavors of plum, blackberry and leather. It finishes mildly roasted and earthy, with a leathery lasting impression."

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2012

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Sierva (2010) - "Deep, smoke-accented cherry and blackberry aromas, with notes of cola and licorice building in the glass.  Tangy and precise, offering lively red and dark berry flavors and notes of candied violet and bitter chocolate.  Finishes with very good energy and length, leaving a spicy note behind."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Sierva (2009) - "This dark ruby colored Spanish blend opens with a black raspberry jam bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic, and juicy. The flavor profile is an appealing mild black raspberry with a touch of black currant, oak, and black pepper. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are subtle. This is a very nice glass pour option to consider with a grilled bacon burger. Enjoy."

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 1, 2011

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Carchelo "C" (2010) - "Bright purple. Smoky aromas of cherry-vanilla and cassis, with a spicy quality that gains strength with air. Juicy and broad on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Still quite primary and in need of some bottle age. Finishes sappy, spicy and nicely persistent."

89 (+?) Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Sierva (2009) - "Opaque ruby. Blackberry, boysenberry, Indian spices and anise on the expressive nose. Juicy, spicy and silky in texture, with smoky dark berry compote and fruitcake flavors lifted by mounting acidity. A rich but lively blend, with smoothly integrated tannins and a long, gently chewy finish."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Altico "A" (2009) - "Bodegas Carchelo's 2009 Altico A is a cuvee of 100% Syrah, 33% of which went through malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 6 months of aging. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it reveals an enticing nose of smoked meat, game, and blueberry. Grapy, ripe, and youthful in the mouth, this round, friendly, easygoing effort is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 5 years. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Sierva (2009) - "The 2009 Sierva is a blend of 40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, with the balance Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 9 months in new French oak. Fragrant blue and black fruits lead to a full-bodied wine with outstanding depth and concentration, excellent balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink this pleasure-bent offering over the next 8 years."

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Altico "A" (2008) - "This modern red is sleek and fresh, featuring sweet cherry and vanilla flavors and light tannins. Notes of licorice and smoke add interest to the finish. Syrah. Drink now. 2,000 cases made."

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2010

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Carchelo "C" (2009) - "This starts with a smooth impression of ripe fig before fresher red fruit scents reveal the wine's tension. If you open it now, you'll need lamb to tame its rustic young tannins. But the sweet fruit and crunchy acidity will sustain it as those tannins mature in the cellar-probably at its best in four or five years."

91 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2010

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Altico "A" (2008) - "Inky ruby. Textbook syrah aromas of dark berries, violet, smoke and cracked pepper, with a hint of warmth. Juicy, palate-coating blackberry and blueberry flavors are lifted by gentle acidity and pick up a touch of singed cherry with air. The peppery note repeats on the finish, which shows a faint hard edge. "

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Carchelo "C" (2009) - "Bright violet. Cherry, licorice and dark chocolate on the nose. Nicely focused bitter cherry and mint flavors pick up smoky and peppery qualities in the middle palate. Finishes with good cut and a lingering note of cherry pit. "

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Altico "A" (2008) - "This slightly opaque and very dark purple colored wine opens with a very fragrant red currant and red raspberry bouquet with a hint of cinnamon. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, shows some elevated acidity, yet remains round and smooth in the mouth. The flavor profile is a gentle black currant with notes of blackberry and oak. There is also a touch of black licorice mixed in. The finish is dry with moderate tannins. Its old oak flavors continue to linger in the aftertaste."

88 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Sep 3, 2010

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Carchelo "C" (2009) - "The 2009 Carchelo is a blend of 50% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 3 months in new French oak. Opaque purple-colored with a nose of toasty blue fruits, on the palate it has good density, plenty of mid-palate blue and black fruit, and a fruit-filled finish. Drink this excellent value over the next 3-4 years."

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Altico "A" (2008) - "The 2008 Altico A is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Tempranillo aged for four months in new French oak. It delivers a nose of damp earth, pencil lead, mocha, black cherry, and blueberry leading to a structured offering with good grip and balance. This intensely flavored, chunky offering is a very good value that will provide pleasure through 2015."

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Carchelo "C" (2007) - "The 2007 Carchelo has a medium ruby hue and aromas of fresh red berries and plum. Sourced from old low-yielding Monastrell vines, and blended with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits fresh and fruity dark cherry and plum flavors on the palate. It also has ripe tannins, good acidity and a long fruity finish."

88 Points
i-winereview.com, Oct 1, 2009

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Altico "A" (2007) - "Bright violet. Cherry and dark berry liqueur aromas are complemented by notes of cracked pepper, violet and black tea. Rich, velvety and smooth, with deep, gently sweet blackberry and mulberry flavors and fine-grained tannins. Very suave wine with an expansive, sappy finish that strongly repeats the blackberry and pepper notes. I'd love to see this alongside some $40 New World syrahs."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Carchelo "C" (2008) - "Inky ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry and plum. Sweet, pungent and ripe, showing strong smoke, mocha, dark berry preserve and herbal flavors on the palate. A supple, rich wine that betrays no tannins or rough edges and finishes with good sappy length."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Carchelo "C" (2008) - "A blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon displaying lively blackberries and spice. Rich and powerful on the palate supported by freshness and elegance and some juicy black fruit characters. A very enjoyable wine. —5 Stars - Top 10 Picnic Wines"

5 Stars
Decanter, Aug 14, 2009

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Carchelo "C" (2007) - "The crimson-colored 2007 Carchelo ‘C’ is a blend of Monastrell, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for two months in new French oak. Enticing aromas of eucalyptus/menthol, damp earth, and blueberry lead to a ripe, forward wine with no hard edges. Enjoy it over the next three years. "

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 27, 2009

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Altico "A" (2006) - "The 2006 Altico ‘A’ is 100% Syrah aged four months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up aromas of smoke, game, lavender, and blueberry. Intense, flavorful, and well-balanced, this pleasure-bent effort will drink well for another four years."

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 27, 2009

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Altico "A" (2006) - "This very dark ruby colored Syrah from Spain, opens with a blueberry bouquet with a hint of peach. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, round, with menthol infused black cherry flavors and some notes of pepper. The finish is quite dry and has a lingering aftertaste. The panel felt this wine would pair nicely with glazed pork chops or curried chicken salad."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jan 29, 2009

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Carchelo "C" (2007) - "Bright ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with subtle spice and floral qualities. Bitter cherry and dark berry skin flavors are firm and focused, with dusty tannins adding support. No excess fat on this wine."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2008

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Altico "A" (2006) - "Opaque purple. Primary blackberry and blueberry aromas are youthfully unevolved, opening slowly to display subtle graphite and baking spice qualities. Midweight black and blue fruit flavors are strikingly pure, with fine-grained tannins lending support. The sweet fruit lingers impressively on the long, sappy finish, which becomes spicier with air. This is delicious."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2008

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Altico Syrah-Monastrell (2006) - "It is not often that we get to try Syrah from Spain. This dark ruby red wine opens with a black raspberry like bouquet with notes of shitake mushrooms and coffee as well. On the palate, this wine is a light to medium bodied wine that is lively and fruity with some juicy cherry flavors along with some spicy blackberry and oak influences. The finish is quite dry, with moderate tannins that linger for some time. This wine would pair well with veal parmigianna. Enjoy - Ken"


Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 15, 2008

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Altico Monastrell-Syrah (2006) - "Best Buy Spanish Red Wines $20 and Under."

90 Points - Best Buy
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Carchelo Monastrell (2006) - "Best Buy Spanish Red Wines $20 and Under."

88 Points - Best Buy
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Carchelo Monastrell (2006) - "Tobacco, mineral and game notes run through this firm red, but a core of fresh black cherry fruit keeps it balanced. Tart and taut, with good focus. Drink now through 2009."

Best Value
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 1, 2007

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Carchelo Monastrell (2005) - "Carchelo is at its best in this vintage. This is loaded with wild blackberry and leathery sass, too. Typical of Jumilla, it's big, saturated and packed with ripe berry flavors, jabbing tannins and warmth. A true hot-climate country wine but one with polish and pizzazz. "

88 Points - Best Buy
Michael Schachner, WINE Enthusiast, Jul 31, 2007

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Carchelo Monastrell (2006) - "Ruby-red. Jammy blueberry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by cinnamon and exotic apricot and maple qualities. Silky, impressively sweet dark berry flavors display good depth and thrust. Finishes seamless and sweet, with very good length. Remarkably easy to drink. "

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Altico Monastrell-Syrah (2004) - "Certified organic. It presents a classic Syrah profile of meat, leather, black pepper, and blackberry fruit followed by nicely layered black fruit flavors and well-integrated tannin and acidity. This harmonious wine can be drunk now and over the next 3-5 years. "

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Carchelo Monastrell (2005) - "Dark ruby-colored with a nose of meat, leather, earth and black raspberry which jumps from the glass. Medium-bodied, the wine is ripe and round on the palate with lots of juicy fruit, is nicely balanced, and ideal for quaffing over the next 2-3 years."

87 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Carchelo Monastrell (2005) - "Inky ruby. Youthfully grapey on the nose, offering spicy blackberry, blueberry and cola scents. Juicy, exuberant flavors of dark berries, cola, black pepper and espresso show good sweetness and no rough edges. Long and mouthwateringly fresh on the finish, with a tangy cherry note lingering. A noteworthy value."

87 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Altico Monastrell-Syrah (2004) - "Ruby-red. Dark berries and gingerbread on the nose, plus a hint of dark chocolate. Rich, sweet and smoky, with a dense, supple texture, sweet blackberry and plum flavors, and suggestions of spicecake and mocha. The lush, gentle, sweet finish features soft tannins and good length. Rich, easy to drink and ready to go. "

87 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Carchelo Monastrell (2004) - "There's a revolution going on around monastrell, and the region of Murcia is leading the charge. One of the best representatives of the movement comes from Jumilla, in the heart of Murcia: Agapito Rico's Carchelo 2004. While many monastrells are huge, muscular wines, this one's appeal lies in its juicy fresh fruit meshed with firm tannins that speak well for the wine’s potential complexity."


Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Jun 1, 2006

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Carchelo Monastrell (2005) - "Nice red wine, with flavors of plums and cherries; monastrell is the Spanish name for the grape known in France as mourvèdre"

****
Michael Lonsford, The Houston Chronicle, May 1, 2006

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Carchelo Monastrell (2004) - "This has become a popular by-the-glass wine, and deservedly so. The color is pure. The nose a nice mix of leather, earth and dark but healthy plum and blackberry. Hails from a hot climate, but shows balance via bright acidity and firm tannins."

87 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 31, 2005

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Carchelo Monastrell (2004) - "Boysenberry, cherry, chocolate and mineral notes mingle in this light, focused red. It has a good balance of tannins and acidity, and the finish is clean, with floral and spicy notes. "

86 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Oct 15, 2005

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Carchelo Monastrell (2004) - "As clean and fresh as Monastrell can be, Carchelo accents ripe raspberry and strawberry flavors upheld by gentle yet firm tannins. A simple pleasure, it will become more complex in a couple of years. "

88 Points - Good Value
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2005

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Carchelo Monastrell (2004) - "The 2004 Carchelo Monastrell exhibits copious quantities of sweet cherry fruit, loads of flavor, medium body, and a savory, smooth mouthfeel."

87 Points - Good Value
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2005

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