Alberto Orte 2015 'Elo' Monastrell, Yecla DO

Alberto Orte 2015 'Elo' Monastrell, Yecla DO

Item Number: 15130

UPC: 8-437008409146

Country: Spain
Region: Murcia
Sub Region: Yecla
Appellation/AVA: Yecla DO
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Monastrell
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Soil Type: Rocky, chalky limestone
Elevation: 2,526 feet
Case Production: 430

Terroir Notes: Yecla is a plateau surrounded by mountains in the southeast of Spain nearing the Mediterranean in the Alicante region. Elo is from an arid, single vineyard from the highlands where the days are sunny and the night air is fresh and cool. The ungrafted Monastrell vines were planted in 1973. The cool, coastal Mediterranean influence sweeping the plateau allow the nighttime temperatures to drastically drop and cool the vines following the sweltering afternoons of summer. This vast shift in temperature helps concentrate the ripe fruit while maintaining bright acidity.

Winemaking Notes: You've never tasted Monastrell like this before. The vines are harvested early, often one whole month before their neighbors, to maintain freshness and avoid over-maturation. Foot-trodden whole clusters spontaneously ferment in open stainless steel tanks. The juice macerates with the skins for about 28 days. The wine matures in 2 to 3-year-old 500-liter French oak barrels for one year, followed by a rest in 2,000-liter cement tanks. Once bottled, Elo is cellared for a minimum of 8 months before release.

Food Pairings: Due to its restraint and balance, Elo is an incredibly food-friendly wine. Ideal pairings include pastas with sausage, octopus, and dishes heavy in green vegetables and lean meats. This wine also pairs perfectly with cheeses.

About the Name: Elo is the ancient name of today's capital of Murcia, built in the 7th century.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (4/30/2019)

    I was really taken by the floral and elegant nose of the pure Monastrell 2015 Elo. They added Paraje Las Cañas to the wine name this vintage because it was produced from vines planted there, as the vineyard normally used for this wine was decimated by hail. I'm not sure if it's the change of vineyard or the vintage or a combination of both, but this wine reminds me of the great Monastrells from Casa Castillo, with an elegant, balanced personality within a warm, classical Mediterranean year, expressing the place, grape and vintage quite faithfully. The palate is medium-bodied and terribly balanced, with very fine tannins and an overall elegant profile with a chalky texture and a tasty, almost salty finish. Simply superb!