Bodegas Bernabe Navarro Tragolargo Alicante 2013
Wow! We were simply not prepared for the RUSH we got when sampling this Spanish beauty!! 90 POINTS, uber-low price! Dark, intense, heady stuff! Supa-dope price, natch!
Imagine a bowl of sweet, dark, intense black cherries. Sprinkle some Double Dutch dark cocoa powder on them. Then a bit of thyme, rosemary and tarragon. Wave a wand and turn it into wine and that’s exactly what you have here -- a fascinating, fresh, thoughtful, masculine red that is pure and wild-feeling, a wine that makes you want to go out and make something mouth-wateringly delicious to eat. Something simple and savory, like THIS. MMMM. Another cool thing? This is a wine that changes dramatically as it “breathes” -- giving you different aspects with every sip. Pretty cool.
We’re hesitant to say much more, really, as yesterday’s wine sold out in record time (who got the last bottle and your $50 credit??) and we don’t have a lot of this one either!! So zip-zip-zip if you love bold, complex Spanish Alicante!! While it lasts…!
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“Rafael Bernabe was looking to make an easy-to-drink Mediterranean wine that people could order by the glass. This Monastrell is harvested at three different times, each undergoing a different fermentation then blended into one single cuv?e. The early harvested grapes are destemmed and fermented almost without touching it. The middle harvest undergoes semi carbonic-maceration with full clusters in stainless steel. The riper grapes are harvested at around 14% and 25% then fermented with full clusters. The three wines, all fermented with indigenous grapes, are blended and bottled without the addition of any sulfur at the end of malolactic. This 2013 Tragolargo is a wine that can keep once the bottle is opened. It's quite dark with a nose of black cherries with lots of Mediterranean herbs (thyme, rosemary), plants that are found in the countryside. The palate is round with a lush, velvety texture that has clean, focused flavors and fine-grained tannins. Highly drinkable and very good value. It does not have a "natural" profile, but it is; meaning it's not marked by the process like many others are.”
~Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
- Country: Spain
- Region: Alicante
- Varietal: 100% Monastrell
- Winemaker: Rafa Bernabe
- Alcohol: 13
About The Producer
Rafa Bernabé with his wife, Olga, founded the winery in 1999. The winery is located in the village of Villena in the Alicante region. The vineyards are all dry grown, old bush vines with very small yields. Rafa's focus on obscure and unusual grape varieties has set the benchmark for pinpoint, terroir-driven wines from the region. Rafa wants to respect this sense of place by intervening as little as possible both in the vineyard and in the winery.
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