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2009 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Alicante

2009 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Alicante Puerto Salinas, Spain

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A “remarkable value” and “stunning,” writes Parker’s Wine Advocate for a wine that scored 92 points in that publication. “The wine is complex, full-bodied, rich and intense with terrific purity and wonderful overall balance. It is one more example of a wine that completely over-delivers.”

Add an additional 91 points from Wine & Spirits, which notes: “Lush and exuberantly ripe, this wine develops in the glass, gaining notes of spice and fresher fruit. It’s a tight web of tannins, completely filling the mouth with their energy and power.”

What are all these 90+ point scores doing here, for a wine priced to drink everyday and for just about any occasion? Much of value lies in the appellation and the predominant grape grown here—both still swimming in a relative backwater when it comes to the international wine market. On the face of it, this red blend of 66% Monastrell (the same grape as France’s Mourvèdre), 19% Garnacha and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon is like a fine Cote du Rhone that spent a year traveling in Bordeaux. Rich and supple, the wine’s dark chocolate note and fresh herbal spice speaks of the Rhone Valley while a measure of elegant, tannic, cherry-scented Cab adds structure and balance. Enjoy this tremendous French-oak-aged value with food, without food and however else you wish!

Reasons why we love it:

In 2009 the stars were aligned above the Iberian peninsula, and many superb wines were made in every region of spain including in the D.O. of Alicante. Even temperatures without rain or intense heat spikes created perfectly ripe grapes in this sun-bathed appellation, and the wines produced in 2009 drink beautifully upon release and for years to come.

Established vines are a large part of what makes this red so special and so intense. The Monastrell comes from 23-year-old vines while the Cab hails from vines planted 18 years ago.

Spain’s Alicante D.O. is southeast of most of the country’s important wine regions and has—until now—produced wines enjoyed by locals. Its history, however, goes back to the roots of European viticulture, and the area was a significant grape growing zone during the time of the ancient Romans.

This wine's name is derived from the valley where the winery andsurrounding vineyard area is called Puerto, which in Spanish means a "natural passage or corridor in between mountains."


In 2000 the Castano family acquired and re-organized old vineyards located at the foot of the Sierra Salinas Mountains, between the provinces of Murcia and Alicante, and built the Bodegas Sierra Salinas. The vineyards are situated at diverse altitudes with a range of soil types and arid micro-climates characterized by cold winters and warm summers.

Five different grape varieties are grown on the property including: non-irrigated Monastrell bush vines (50% of the total density of the plantation) and irrigated Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tintorera and Petit Verdot.

The third largest country in production, Spain ranks first in land under vine. Diversity and innovation are the key factors bringing Spain back into the world wine market.

Ideal served with red meats, pastas, creamy sauces and semi-ripe cheeses.

Wine Ratings

92 Points- Wine Advocate
91 Points -Wine & Spirits
92 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"There are 5,000 cases of this remarkable value, another stunning example of the astonishing palate of Eric Solomon and his ability to ferret out exceptional wines at such ridiculously low prices that most consumers will never guess how good they are based on the price alone. Composed of 66% Monastrell, 19% Garnacha and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for one year in both new and 2-year-old French oak, it displays an inky/purple color along with notes of road tar, melted asphalt, blackberry liqueur, camphor, graphite and forest floor. The wine is complex, full-bodied, rich and intense with terrific purity and wonderful overall balance. It is one more example of a wine that completely over-delivers."- Wine Advocate 

The 2009 release from Puerto Salinas is drinking great, with fresh and complex fruit and a lively acidity that will work well with most meals.  Red cherry, cassis and cranberry are joined by tobacco leaf, graphite and mixed spices on the layered palate.  The wine is perfectly balanced and still quite youthful, don’t be afraid to buy a few btls for your cellar.  Enjoy now through 2009. - DZ Sept 2016

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