Bodegas Sierra Salinas

Mira Salinas

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2016 Vintage

91pts

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2016 Vintage

90pts

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2016 Vintage

93pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Alicante

Location

Villena

Varietal

100% Monastrell

Vineyards

Head trained, dry farmed, estate grown vineyards of Monastrell.

Year(s) Planted

Vineyards planted between 20 and 50 years ago with an average age of 35 years.

Viticulture

Sierra Salinas' vineyards are currently in the process of being converted to certified organic viticulture, with the goal of respecting the environment and taking advantage of the potential of dry farmed viticulture. Estate grown parcels of Monastrell between 20 and 50 years old.

Soils

Rocky, chalky soils that are very shallow - between one foot and three and a half feet deep. Very loose soils with good drainage situated right over a limestone mother rock.

Climate

Mediterranean continental climate. Cold winters and hot, dry summers.

Winemaking

Traditional winemaking - the grapes are sorted rigorously and are destemmed at the bodega. The grapes are macerated in stainless steel tanks and undergo malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques. Pumpovers are light and infrequent to avoid overextraction of the Monastrell.

Ageing

12 months in new, second, third, and fourth use French oak barriques.

Comments

In 2013, the Miñano and Gómez families, owners of MGWine Group, purchased Bodega Sierra Salinas, a winery founded in 2000 by the Castaño family of Yecla. Since 2013, the philosophy of the Miñano and Gómez families has been to restore focus on the vineyards, by converting all of them to organic and dry farming. The temptation in such an arid climate as Alicante is to irrigate, but dry farming in this zone forces the root structures to grow deep and produces bunches with a tremendous natural balance of phenolic ripeness and healthy pH. They have also minimized the impact of new oak barrique in their wines, and at this price point, are creating a completely unique style of Monastrell from Alicante. Jorge Ordóñez Selections began to represent Bodega Sierra Salinas in the United States in July of 2018.