Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine

Tarantas Monastrell

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Tarantas is a line of organic wines originally created by Bodegas Iranzo in Spain for distribution at Whole Foods in the United States in 2005. They’re still available there but it’s no longer an exclusive, so you can find them outside the chain as well. Their Monastrell (the Spanish name for Mourvèdre) comes from the Jumilla region, located in the southeastern part of the country and known for its limestone. It’s imported into America by Natural Merchants Selections, which focuses on organic and biodynamic wines.

The Tarantas Monastrell has a spicy, meaty nose with cedar and cumin. Very peppery palate with dark chocolate, violets and blueberry. Light tannins and a long finish. Smooth, but still young. We enjoyed it with a simple meaty pasta sauce

Tarantas Monastrell retails for around $12.

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Tom and Steve Beckman have been farming their Purisima Mountain Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley biodynamically since 2006. Their 2012 Grenache Rosé is blended with small amounts of Syrah, Mouvèdre and Counoise and aged in neutral oak barrels (65%) and stainless steel (35%).

The wine has a nose of white flower petals, honeysuckle, melon and underripe raspberry. Also a nice hint of spice. The melon continues in the palate with red fruit and a creamy texture. Very enjoyable, though would prefer a longer finish. 1,200 cases were produced and the wine retails for $18.

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