Bodegas Carchelo dates from the early 1980s and pioneering efforts to modernize viticulture in what had been a backwater viticultural region. Founding partner Juan Sierva nearly 700 acres of prime vineyards are widely distributed in the region, at widely varying altitudes and exposures. Varieties grown feature Monastrell (in France Mourvedre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire-trained vineyards) plus Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
From central Spain, this is a bright and beautifully fruity red showing dark plum, blueberry, floral and vanilla aromas on the nose, followed by a succulent and rounded palate that's silky and long. Great value for money, it's immediately appealing.