Marquis Wine Cellars
This tasting was quite different from our normal ones because of the fact that we do not normally seek out wines from Spain. We needed 10 bottles of wine for an event we sponsor and as is typically our style ordered 12 so we could try two. We called up Leah at Marquis Wines, gave her our budget (around $20 per bottle) and asked her for something a little different that people would enjoy but not see in every restaurant or the BCLC.
The Bodegas Carchelo is located in Carche Valley near Jumilla, Spain’s most arid wine region. Founded in 1990, the winery owns more than two hundred hectares of vines, mainly with plantations of Monastrell (Mourvèdre) and Syrah. The rest is split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. The vineyards are irrigated at night with water coming directly from the mountains or rainwater when possible. The Bodega owns 500 wine casks made of french oak.
The 2010 Carchelo is produced with 40% Monastrell, 40% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine is a purple tint of red in colour. We found it to be highly aromatic in smell with an abundance of fruit flavour. The taste was similar to the smell, light and full of fruit but there was a nice bit of spice in the finish. Overall we really enjoyed it and at $18.90 per bottle it is a great value wine that we would purchase again!