Our greatest pleasure is introducing clients to new wines and we are thrilled to do so with our 2014 Osada Crianza from Spain’s Jumilla region. A long time ‘bucket list’ region for us to explore, Jumilla is tucked away in the southeastern corner of Spain. With its warm, dry continental climate, soaring plateaus, and well-drained rocky sandy soils, Jumilla’s terruño has unique qualities similar to France’s famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. The native Monastrell (known internationally as Mourvedre) grape is the catalyst for the region’s potential, producing deeply structured reds with great concentration and aging potential.
60% Montastrell, 20% Syrah and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Osada’s deep purple color is the first signal of its concentration and high proportion of the native Monastrell varietal. The nose reveals wild briarpatch fruits accented by hints of earth, worn leather, and licorice. Blackberry and currant flavors drive the tasting experience together with a bold tannic backbone and notes of white pepper, roasted meats, and herbs. The Osada is lovely on its own but pairs best with braised or grilled meats, in particular lamb or beef. Excellent today, the wine should benefit from another 6-8 years of aging.