From a single varietal, Sumiller is from Monastrell vines of the Yecla region of southeastern Spain, not far from the Mediterranean coast.

Vineyards here are slightly elevated and are mostly planted on stony topsoil. Monastrell, more commonly known as Mourverdre in France or Mataro in the New World, is meaty and chewy in the mouth. The well-integrated tannins are unmistakable and yet harnessed — hence, soft and supple; this wine is bigger, more serious. A touch herbaceous, Sumiller will make an accomplished suitor to Asian dishes with succulent sauces. Also pairs well with Szechuan, Cajun, Indian, traditional Spanish food, most Italian dishes and grilled meats.

Intense dark cherry in color, and projects fragrant aromas of mature red and blue fruits with hints of chocolate at the finish which adds to the elegant sweet tannins. In short, it is the thinking man’s fun in a bottle — it is for the serious playboy who needs a lot of body to touch. A complex and voluptuous wine.

Best of Class Mourvedre at the 2013 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition in California, USA, on June 23, 2013.

Awarded 52 times in 11 countries on 5 vintages.

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