I spotted this on a restaurant by-the-glass list, and thought I’d give it a go. “Loco” I vaguely recalled as meaning crazy in Spanish, so my hopes were not high but then nor was the price. Yecla as a wine region more or less drew a blank so that added to its appeal. It turns out this region is in south eastern Spain, north of Murcia, in the event that should prove a useful counter reference. Yecla (perhaps if I keep typing it, I will remember it) is dominated by monastrell (85% of plantings), otherwise known as mourvèdre in France or mataro in South Australia and is dominated by a single cooperative (La Purisima), and this of course is a monastrell. Monastrell buds and ripens very late and has heady tendencies, and I rather suspect this is a typical example of a southern Spanish hot climate expression of it.
Its aromatics remind of confectionary, leather and game and is sweet smelling. The palate has mid weight tannins that are slightly grippy and a warm earthy character with lavender spice overtones and a pinched expression. The wine does not scale any heights, but is not intended to either. It would appeal as a Côtes du Rhone substitute that is perfectly pleasant value drinking at around $12 a bottle.
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