It is save to say, that I had my fair share of Pinot Noir, from really good to bad, from regions where I where everybody knows that Pinot Noir is king to regions where I didn't know Pinot was grown and/or could make a good wine.
Such a region is Navarra in Spain. Located in the north east, near the border to France and the Pyrenees Mountains, is this great wine region where wine is being made since the 2nd century BC by the ancient Romans. Pinot Noir is certainly a minority player in the wine making of Navarra (DO) as Grenache and Tempranillo combined already cover about 70 percent of the grape and wine production. Anyways, 1998 marked the year that Pinot Noir was first planted and it was by the Castillo de Monjardin Winery and 2013 marked the first year that I tried their Pinot Noir and I have to say it was good stuff.
The wine is stainless steel fermented and rounded out in oak barriques for 6 month. The wine displays a bright, ruby color, lively fruit and aromas that showcase red berries. The Pinot is balanced and has a medium finish.
If you are a Pinot Noir lover, you should certainly add this one to your bucket list. Not because it is a must have, but because it is unique, unknown and good pinot for a great price!
Helpful links to wine maps of Spain:
Navarra | You can see the town of Castillo de Monjardin in the top left.
Full wine map of Spain with great magnifying glass to explore the regions