2018 Enrique Mendoza Monastrell 'La Tremenda'
“How do they make this wine??” That’s the question that popped into my head when I tasted it a few weeks ago. It wasn’t so much “how” but more like “How do they make a wine this good so cheaply??” As long as I’ve now been in the business, it never ceases to amaze me when I taste a wine like this at a price like this. In my mind, I tick down the wine’s stats: 30-year-old vines, hand-harvested, sustainably farmed (which is more labor intensive and can be more costly than mainstream farming with pesticides, additives, etc.), oak aged, computerized sensors used in the vineyard to monitor moisture levels and inform irrigation practices…all for 14 bucks?? How do they do it?? Luckily, mine is not to reason why, mine is to simply enjoy and appreciate! And boy do I! This is my kinda wine! It’s medium-bodied, fresh, dark-fruited and it has more than just fruit notes going on – it has some herbal, smoky, spicy elements too. On top of all that, it’s surprisingly elegant. BEEP, BEEP, BEEP…back up the truck on this one! ~Mike Guerra, Enoteca Direct
100% Monastrell. The name "La Tremenda" references the name of the vineyard from which the grapes for this wine are grown and hand harvested. Made entirely from mature Monastrell vines. Wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 6 months in 2-3 year-old French oak barrels and an additional 12 months in bottle prior to release.
Bright ruby-red in color, this wine shows expressive notes of fresh black cherries and red berries mingled with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length.
92 points, Wine Advocate. "The incredible value 2018 La Tremenda is pure Monastrell from 26-year-old vines on sandy and silt soils covered with rolling stones. It fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak barrels for six months. It's a more delicate expression of Monastrell, with good balance, quite transparent; it was easy, and the wines have very good freshness, with less concentration but terrific balance and definition, quite fruit-driven but with complexity and depth. It's approachable, really good for an entry level and amazing for the price. This is really impressive. An honest Monastrell. 90,000 bottles produced."