Senorio de Barahonda 2015 'Barrica' (Monastrell/Syrah), Yecla DO
Item Number: 12085
Sub Region: Murcia
Appellation/AVA: Yecla DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 75% Monastrell / 25% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Rocky limestone
Elevation: 2,339 feet
Barahonda Barrica is an estate wine made by Señorio de Barahonda, which is the oldest winery in the Yecla DO. Their vines were planted between 1968-1970. This wine combines the powerful Monastrell grape with the spicy, soft tannins of Syrah.
Winemaking Notes: Both Monastrell and Syrah are manually harvested and vinified separately. The Monastrell macerates for 15 days. The Syrah macerates for 12 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The wine ages in French oak barrels for six months before the two varieties are blended together. Once the final blend is completed, it remains in barrels for another 6 months before bottling.
Pairing Notes: In addition to the predictable array of roasted and grilled red meats, the ripeness of Monastrell with the spice of Syrah will make this wine pair even better with grilled or roasted pork tenderloin, pork chops, Tandoori chicken or veal. For a more unusual pairing, try this wine with the finest corned beef or pastrami-on-rye sandwich you can find and don't forget the half-sour pickle.
91pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 4/25/2019
"Assertive blackberry, cracked pepper and violet scents pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Lush and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that show surprising energy for their heft. The long, penetrating finish shows bright, spicy cut and youthful, chewy tannins that come on late."