Pinoso ‘Alta Expresion’ 2018



Pinoso’s ultimate ‘high’ expression of their indigenous Monastrell grape is taken from old vineyards, organic and unirrigated, and managed for very low yields per vine to maximise the concentration and conplexity of the grapes. Fermentation is traditional method, stainless steel at modestly high temperatures with continuous over-pumping and long maceration to get the most flavour out of each grape. It is then rested in new oak for up to a year followed by further maturation in bottle.

Dark and intense red with a deep purple hue, the nose is black plums, green figs, roasted coffee, black pepper and oriental spice notes. The palate is full and intense with loads of the rich black fruits you’d be anticipating from the nose, tempered and balanced by chocolately tannins, finely tuned acidity and smooth savouriness on a long, unwinding finish. Monstrously good.

  • Full, rich, complex
  • 750 ml
  • 15% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2028

Producer: Bodegas Pinoso

Bodegas Pinoso was established in 1932 as a cooperative for local growers in the area, based in the town of Pinoso about 50 km west of Alicante. The cooperative now counts 250 growers in its membership, stewarding 1,200 hectares of vines. After fully modernising the winery and winemaking practices in 1996, the group set about ecological improvements in the vineyards, starting by designating new areas for organic growing in 1997. Today 50% of the total vineyard area is certified organic.

South of Valencia, hugging Spain's Costa Blanca coastline, Alicante the wine region has a long history, like much of Spain, dating back to Roman times. Monastrell is the dominant red grape here, able to cope with the high heat and usually planted as low bush vines (en vaso).

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