Wrongo Dongo 2008

Varietal: Monastrell
Region: Spain
Cost: $9

Dark violet color with aromas of spice on the nose and fresh fruit on the palate.  Pairs well with roasts, steaks, and BBQ.

Recommendations: I will admit that the name of this bottle alone caught my eye when I was in the store.  I had never heard of Monastrell before (though apparently it’s the same thing as Mourvedre, which I have heard of), so I decided to give it a try.

Opened the same night as the Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir, we paired this wine with the same cheese and crackers.  Far more robust than the Pinot, the Wrong Dongo had aromas of cherry and spice with the same cherry on the palate.

While only paired with the cheese and crackers, I can see how this would pair well with a dinner of grilled or roasted meat, and certainly some BBQ.  The big surprise for me was that even with the high alcohol content (15%/vol), I didn’t get a heavy alcohol taste, which has been a sticking point for me lately.

I don’t know that this wine lives up to its name of being “wrongo”, but it was certainly interesting and worth checking out if you’re looking to expand your varietal horizons.  Paired with something off the grill it should be enjoyable and for the price it’s hard to argue against picking it up just to display.

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A wine lover for as long as I can remember, I hope that my thoughts on wine can help others to make decisions on what they should drink as well.