WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Monastrell
  • APPELLATION
    Jumilla, Spain
  • ALCOHOL
    13.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

The Torres Valley—an eerily quiet and desolate landscape stretching out at the base of the Sierra de La Cingla and Sierra de Los Gavilanes mountains—is one of Spain’s least developed and most remote winegrowing regions and an excellent place to visit if bus tours are not your thing. Among a handful of quality-obsessed estates, Altamente uses the valley’s nutrient poor soil and gnarled, pre-phylloxera vines to excellent effect, creating a brooding, ripe-berry filled, powerhouse red from Jumilla’s famed Monastrell grape.

Mimicking California Zinfandel’s spicy and rich blackberry fruit along with Malbec’s structure and length, this organic Monastrell manages to be both hearty on the palate and silky going down, and it’s a perfect choice for any protein doused in barbeque sauce or meat-based cuisine with black pepper and spice-forward flavors.

·    Altamente is located in the northernmost corner of the Jumilla DO in the high-altitude Torres Valley. And vines are planted in shallow, calcium-rich soils that define this arid, rugged locale.

·    Proprietors Fernando Barrena (who also owns Azul y Garanza in Navarra) and wife Marian farm the vast majority of their vines organically.

·    Jumilla is one of Spain’s long-established appellations (officially recognized in 1966), and because of the DO’s extremely dry, harsh climate, Jumilla’s vines were spared from the phylloxera epidemic of the 1800s, which means many of the regions vines remain on their original and ancient rootstocks—known here as Pie Franco.

·    This Jumilla was made with hand-harvested, certified organically grown grapes and with native yeast ferment only.

TASTING NOTES 

The palate is smooth, long, and structured. You'll enjoy flavors of ripe black raspberry, red cherries, floral notes, and black pepper.

 

 

THE STORY TO KNOW

Altamente is located in the northernmost corner of the Jumilla DO in the high-altitude Torres Valley. And vines are planted in shallow, calcium-rich soils that define this arid, rugged locale.

The Torres Valley—an eerily quiet and desolate landscape stretching out at the base of the Sierra de La Cingla and Sierra de Los Gavilanes mountains—is one of Spain’s least developed and most remote winegrowing regions and an excellent place to visit if bus tours are not your thing.