Enrique Mendoza - La Tremenda 2019
Enrique Mendoza founded the winery in 1989, and his son Pepe now runs the business, aided by his younger brother Julián. Pepe is responsible for vineyard management and winemaking, while Julián looks after the commercial side of the company.
So well respected is Enrique Mendoza that it was inducted into the prestigious Grandes Pagos de España. This group’s mission is to defend and propagate the culture of “pago” wine, meaning wine produced in a specific terroir that reflects the distinct personality of the soil and climate. To become a member, a vineyard must surpass strict quality standards and also exhibit a degree of uniqueness in terms of soil, climate or grape variety that sets it apart from the surrounding area. The association’s membership includes only 25 estate wineries throughout Spain!
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza is located near the town of Alfàs Del Pi, about 45 miles from the city of Alicante. At an average elevation of 1200 feet, this is harsh, unforgiving land. The upside is the land is so desolate, not even bugs can survive! Which means no need for insecticides or herbicides. Organic farming is easy and Pepe combines biodynamic principles to ensure the grapes are grown in the most natural way possible.
This baby is 100% Monastrell, aged 6 months in 2-3 year old oak barrels. If you’ve had Casa Castillo Monastrell or Castano Monastrell, you know what you are in for. Sort of…as this baby is even better than those incredible wines!
The aromas hit you before the wine finishes pouring into the glass – just exploding with bright cherry, plum and black raspberry notes. A juicy explosion of vibrant fruit melds together with hints of cracked black pepper and a delicate floral note all pulled back together by fine tannins on the finish. Food? Well, this is everyday wine for everyday food – a la American dishes like burgers, pizza, chili are easy options. Feeling a bit Spanish tonight? Try one of my favorites from the region – revuelto: eggs scrambled with beans, garlic onions and ham. Man, the Spanish love their eggs, and so do I! Not just for breakfast, folks! Or, try Chuletas al ajo cabañil… lamb chops with garlic! Or paella… with snails and rabbit!
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