Tragolargo Monastrell, Bodegas Bernabe Navarro, Alicante 2014


Tragolargo Monastrell, Bodegas Bernabe Navarro, Alicante 2014



If it's true that good people make good wine, then this should be a Grand Cru. It's made by Rafa Bernabe, a warm-hearted gentleman with a lust for life and his wines reflect his sunny personality. 

This is his 'entry level' red and at around a tenner is a wine to load up on! It's a pure Monastrell sourced from high altitude vineyards in Alicante, fermented using wild yeasts and with no added sulphur. The amount of care that goes into such an inexpensive wine is quite startling, a blend of three separate pickings, each vinified using different techniques (destemmed, partially destemmed and whole bunch) before being blended together.

You can immediately see the quality of the fruit in the healthy depth of colour. It's textured, natural, reassuring. Give it a swirl and the aromas tell you this is a handmade wine. It's so fresh, so unaffected. Rain-soaked brambly berries, black cherry juice, a hint of ground pepper and a background echo of the cypress trees that surround the vineyard. There's a natural feel to the palate too, a really appetising mouthful of ripe, unadorned fruit without the cosmetic effects of oak. 14% alc. Drink now-2018.

The Wine Advocate (on the 2013 vintage): "Rafael Bernabé was looking to make an easy-to-drink Mediterranean wine that people could order by the glass. This Monastrell is harvested at three different times, each undergoing a different fermentation then blended into one single cuvée. The early harvested grapes are destemmed and fermented almost without touching it. The middle harvest undergoes semi carbonic-maceration with full clusters in stainless steel. The riper grapes are harvested at around 14% and 25% then fermented with full clusters. The three wines, all fermented with indigenous grapes, are blended and bottled without the addition of any sulphur at the end of malolactic. This 2013 Tragolargo is a wine that can keep once the bottle is opened. It's quite dark with a nose of black cherries with lots of Mediterranean herbs (thyme, rosemary), plants that are found in the countryside. The palate is round with a lush, velvety texture that has clean, focused flavors and fine-grained tannins. Highly drinkable and very good value. It does not have a "natural" profile, but it is; meaning it's not marked by the process like many others are." 90 points

Customer Comments (on the 2013 vintage):

"I'm enjoying a glass of the Tragolargo right now. Lovely wine. Tastes more expensive than the price tag. Bargain." - Mr A.I.

"Loved that red, actually: finished off a bottle last night that was a treat. Many thanks!" - Mr R.D.

Incredibly good for the price!" - Mr. P.G.

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