APPELLATION: D.O. Monterrei
VARIETALS: 65% Mencia, 30% Bastardo, Garnacha Tintorera and Dona Blanca
WINEMAKER: Jose Luis Mateo
ABOUT THE WINE: Alanda Tinto is an estate-bottled wine made by Bodegas Quinta da Muradella in the Monterrei DO region. Just above the border of Portugal in northwest Spain, the region of Monterrei was part of an area whose rich geology was once prized by the Romans for mining, notably gold. Ancient findings have confirmed that the Romans are responsible for another of the area's treasures, vineyards. All the grapes grown to make Alanda are certified organic. The philosophy is to make a young red wine that showcases the varieties that were planted across Monterrei's three different districts during the 1980s: Mencia, Bastardo and Tinta Fina.
TASTING NOTES: The different grape varieties were fermented together, part in stainless steel, part in cement, with one third of full clusters and aged for one year in used barrels and matured for a further three months in stainless steel before being bottle unfiltered. The nose is fruit-driven, there are no traces of oak, a combination of cherry fruit, herbal aromas and a pinch of spices, and a medium-bodied palate with focused, red cherry flavors, fine tannins and balanced acidity. This is supple and easy to drink, fresh and very pleasant.