Monje Tradicional Tinto 2009 Vintage (limited production)




Bodegas Monje is located on the Island of Tenerife in the Denominacion de Origen (D.O.) Tacoronte-Acentejo. This fancy word means that the grapes and wine must come from the region specified. For example, Bodegas Monje cannot add grapes from another Spanish wine region other than where they are located. Pretty easy concept…

Bodegas Monje is a family run operation dating back to 1956 and modernized in 1983. Although the varietals used are not on the label, in doing some research, I learned that reds from Tenerife usually contain Listan Negro or Negra moll grapes.

The Island of Tenerife is the largest of seven that make up the Canary Islands. It is a volcanic island located 60 nautical miles off the south western coast of Marocco. Due to the Teide Peak, a volcanic mountain pictured above, Tenerife is the richest in microclimates. The island is very privileged weather wise because of it’s subtropical geographical location. The breezy trade winds help regulate the climate and provide Tenerife with the ideal grape growing conditions.

On appearance, this is a clear wine with no sediment and of medium intensity. The color is a vivid garnet with a light ruby rim and medium legs showing signs of a lower alcohol wine.

On the nose, the Bodegas Monje is of a sound and clean condition with a medium intensity. The aroma is youthful. Notes are of of red fruit, ripe cherries, raspberry and plum with a dry earthy minerality. There is a slight presence of old wood with a slight hint of vanilla baking spice, crushed black pepper, cigar box and bay leaf.

On the palate, the Bodegas Monje Tradicional Tinto is a dry wine with a pleasant medium bodied mouthfeel. Fruit notes are of ripe cherries, plum and raspberry. Minerality is of dry, molten earth with very little wood presence, black pepper, vanilla bean and saddle leather. Tannins are a medium high. Alcohol level is low with medium acidity and complexity. The length is a medium minus…

Ever since I took a seminar on Volcanic Wines of Italy, I have gained a respect for volcanic wines. Whether it’s the microclimates surrounding volcanoes or the molten lava minerality, I find these wines to have a lot of charisma and personality. The Bodegas Monje Tradicional Tinto definitely does not disappoint. With Just 13% alcohol, this is a very easy drinking wine, and with it’s medium plus tannins, it can stand up to a fatty Meal just as well. For a price of $17-$20 I highly recommend trying this wine. Pairs well with grilled T-Bone steak and roasted rosemary potatoes…

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One Comment on “Monje Tradicional Tinto 2009 Vintage (limited production)”

  1. Irene Caplan
    June 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Your description of the wine and grape sounds so delicious that my mouth waters! I love the area of this wine with it’s wonderful tropical climates.
    Must try!

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