Cibolo bottle

Cibolo

Monastrell, 2014

If you manage not to take yourself too seriously despite the fact that your family is a wine dynasty with historic estates spread across Spain, odds are you love making tasty wines. Familia Bastida made this Monastrell to be both burly and light on its feet, so they named it Cibolo, or “bison.” The wine is less a bull in a china shop and more a flamenco-dancing buck balancing a tray of fine stemware—but all the more delicious given its pedigree and playfulness.

Profile

Cibolo Monastrell is like a picador: bold and flashy, and commands attention, but it’s really all about precision, restraint and, of course, showmanship. In other words, it’s a classic Spanish red.

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ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Baking spices
Blackberry
Black cherry
Cocoa

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove and cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

More About The Wine

Spain’s warm and dry Jumilla flourished after escaping the phylloxera scourge that devastated Europe’s vineyards in the 1800s, but the root-chomping bugs eventually arrived, in the 1980s. The ensuing difficult replanting period gave Jumilla’s vintners a chance to start fresh. And with centuries of viticulture to build on, Jumilla quickly reemerged as one of Europe’s most dynamic wine regions.

DID YOU KNOW?

Monastrell is a Spanish grape that’s perhaps better known by its French name, Mourvèdre. It’s a small but key component in the revered Châteauneuf-du-Papes of France’s Rhône Valley.

  • VARIETY
    Monastrell
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    D.O. Jumilla, Murcia, Spain
  • OAK
    French & American oak (12 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    14.0%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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