Pedro Parra y Familia, Monk 2019
$34.99 eta 8/31/21
94+ Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Gutierrez)
Another single-vineyard Cinsault, the 2018 Monk is also named after a jazz musician, Thelonius Monk, who Pedro Parra describes as "complex and innovative." All of these wines had a native fermentation with some 30% full clusters, and in this case, the élevage was in 1,500-liter oak vats for just under one year. To me, this is the most complete of the three single-vineyard bottlings, and in a way, I see some similitude with the Imaginador bottling. It's also the most elegant and mineral as well as serious, balanced, terribly precise, and long. 1,170 bottles were filled in March 2019.
This single-vineyard Cinsault comes from soils rich in silt, sand, and red granite. Native yeast fermentation with 30% whole clusters. Aging took place in 1,500-liter oak vats for just under 1 year prior to bottling. The muscular “Monk” Cinsault pays homage to jazz musician Thelonius Monk by displaying a direct, strong, and complex wine in full force.