2017 Garnacha / Monastrell "Viña Ulises" (Gutierrez de la Vega)
Gutierrez de la Vega, "Viña Ulises," Alicante, Spain 201760% Garnacha, 40% Monastrell GLEAMING VIOLET-BLACK FRUIT, ZESTY TANNIN, BEAUTIFULLY BALANCED Hailing from a most Mediterranean outcropping of southeastern Spain’s Alicante, this blend of Garnacha and Monastrell represents an almost surprisingly lithe outing from a region often pigeonholed for rusticity and overripeness. Felipe & Pilar Gutiérrez have crafted wine in this coastal Levant enclave for almost half a century, employing labor-intensive working methods that blur the lines between forward-thinking and what one wishes were timeless common sense, always in pursuit of quality and deftly finding their mark. Serving Suggestion: Grilled guinea hen thighs w/ berbere/chipotle rub & split pea/potato stew. Autumnal root vegetable paella of parsnips, butternut squash, & carrots w/ saffron, olives, & garlic.