Liked this. It’s a bit of a bruiser, but there’s lots of interest. It’s an ambitious Mourvedre (aka Monastrell) from the south of Spain, made by Rioja company Artadi, and imported into the UK by FMV.
Artadi El Sequé 2009 Alicante, Spain
14.5% alcohol. 100% Monastrell, which is the same as Mourvèdre. Powerful and intense with lovely sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit, as well as some dense, spicy, slightly tarry notes. It’s a big, dark, rich wine, but fruit is driving the flavour, not oak, which is a good thing. I like the definition here. Some drying tannins on the finish. This is a big, delicious wine, not aiming at elegance. Vivid and concentrated, it’s an interesting expression of this grape variety. 92/100 (£25 Berry Bros & Rudd)