Teso La Monja Almirez 2019
Deep black cherry to the eye, this wine has a nose of blackberry, baking spices and forest floor. It is full on the palate, with plush tannins backing up flavors of blackberry, raspberry, clove, violet and juniper berry. Notes of mint and eucalyptus linger on the satisfying finish.
The 2019 Almirez has more depth, with ripe red and black fruits as well as spice, chocolate, and graphite aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and textured, it's a smoking red that will dish out tons of pleasure over the coming 4-6 years or more.
The 2019 Almirez was produced with grapes from their 41.7 hectares of vines that are 15 to 65 years old. The destemmed grapes were foot trodden and fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards for 18 days. Malolactic was in barrel, and the wine matured for 14 months in French oak barrels, 30% of them new and the rest second use. Despite the new oak, the wine is very fruit-driven and does not come through as oaky. It's floral, spicy and juicy, ripe without excess and with a velvety mouthfeel. This is approachable from early on, and even now, it has the silky tannins from 2019. It's less tannic than other vintages and has very good balance. There is more depth here, provided by the older vines, and there's more nuance too. 95,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2021.
Delivers dense tannins that form a firm frame, which is wrapped in a plush range of sappy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, Mediterranean scrub, mocha and orange peel flavors. Well-spiced and fresh, though tightly meshed now. Decant or give this some short-term cellaring. Best from 2024 through 2029. 6,500 cases made, 900 cases imported.