Bodegas Lavia Monastrell Syrah 2017
Plum color, violet rim and medium depth. Intense, fresh nose with hints of forest fruits such as blackberries and blueberries over spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. A wine with a pleasant passage, good volume and lots of fruit, silky and with elegant tannins. Fresh and harmonious finish.100% organically farmed grapes of 80% Monastrell dry farmed, vineyards over 31-50 years old and 20% Syrah 19 years old vines on trellises. The eponymous 2017 Lavia has more Monastrell than in previous vintages, and there’s only 20% Syrah in the bottled blend. 2017 was an early and low-yielding year. The grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 10,000-liter oak vats and used 500-liter oak barrels for one year. It’s drinkable and Mediterranean, juicy and with fine tannin, serious enough within the more approachable and drinkable profile of the wine. Even in a warm vintage, the altitude of the zone gives the wine a touch of freshness, a characteristic of Bullas. 40,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019.