Happy Monday! Welcome to the third installment of Wine & Movie Pairings! This week I had a very earthy red to pair from Spain. My palate isn't too fond of red wines yet but I tend to enjoy them when they are from Spain for some reason. I think it's because rather than being bitter, they lean towards earthy or spicy. I prefer that much more than bitterness. For the movie, I wanted something saucy. I was convinced to have a movie with Penelope Cruz. There was such a strong vision in my mind that a movie with Penelope would be perfect for this wine. Alas, but no. Unfortunately I do not own any movies with her except the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie and it didn't feel like a good fit. Then I was sold on Nine also with Penelope as well as Daniel Day Lewis, Sophia Lauren, Marion Cotillard and other great actresses. Problem...it was only available on iTunes to buy for $13. Not happening. So I took a step back, looked at what was available to me easily and decided on a classic and one of my favorite movies of all time, Love Actually. The timing was just perfect and it felt right once the decision was made. Completely different from the direction I was originally going in but a great change nonetheless.
Time to talk wine now! The red wine I received was a 2013 Alcalà Monastrell from Alicante, Spain with a Dusty Orange Signature Scent. ClubW says, "Catalan for 'citadel,' Alcalà is the signifying fortress of Alicnate, shielding outsiders from disrupting their Moorish empire with it's walls of immaculate strength. With roots in this sovereign place, the Alcalà Monastrell will leave a lasting, daring and distinct impression on your palate. A strength of orange zest, earth, and strawberry flavors flow from this bold, beautiful wine. Why you'll love it: the rich Monastrell grape - or Mourvèdre as it's known in France - takes a spotlight in this all-natural wine while its fermentation in stainless steel adds a liveliness of orange zest to it's dense and jammy flavor (as opposed to the mellowing effects of oak). A perfect example of why Spanish wines are a fast growing trend among American wine drinkers, it's the perfect combo of ripe fruit flavors we're used to in the New World, plus a little funky edge provided by Spain."
I enjoyed this wine. I seemed to be the only one but I did. It had a somewhat sweet but zesty flavor on the tongue but left you with a spicy and earthy aftertaste. The flavor was very robust and it was a moderately tannic wine. The tannins in reds are another thing that normally get me but I also associate them with that bitterness. This wasn't the most tannic wine I've ever tasted but it leaned towards the heavier side. I would recommend drinking this alongside a nice steak or some kind of pasta or soup bursting with flavor. This is a very bold and robustic red so you want to pair it with something equally flavorful.
I got my second ClubW box in the mail over the weekend so there will be a second installment of the Wine and Movie Pairing series in two weeks! Please let me know what you think of these posts. I really enjoy them but let me know if you have any ideas. Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram and like me on Facebook for a sneak peek of the wines coming up. I'd love to hear what you think I should pair these wines with. The best ideas will get a shout-out in my posts and I might even use your idea!