The Jumilla region is located in eastern Spain near the Mediterranean coast. The continental climate with semiarid pockets experiences extreme heat in the summer and cold in the winter, with frequent frost. Phylloxera struck the region in the late 1980s (about 100 years after it affected the rest of Spain,) forcing major replanting of the vineyards, most of which were replanted with Monastrell. Today, Monastrell accounts for about 90% of the total production.
Bodegas Pedro Luis Martinez was founded in 1870 by a wine broker who wanted to promote the Monastrell varietal because he found that the Monastrell varietal was well adapted to the extreme growing conditions in the region. The bodega is still owned and is now operated by a fourth generation. Many of their estate vineyards are old and have survived the Phylloxera attack in the 1980’s because of their special attention. The bodega has been refurbished several times and now utilizes the latest advancements in technology, without losing the characteristics of the varietal in their wines.
Dark red color. Black cherry and plum aromas and flavors. Plush texture and fresh finish.
2012 - 89 points, Wine Spectator
2012 - 88 points, International Wine Cellar
|Saturated ruby color. Ripe blackberry and cherry aromas with a touch of mocha and vanilla. Dark fruit flavors with slight smokiness. Soft finish with slight cherry.
2011 - 91 points, Wine & Spirits
2011 - 88 points, Int'l Wine Cellar
2009 - 90 points, Wine & Spirits