Bodegas Luzon is based in Jumilla, a wine region that excels in the production of old-vine Monastrell not far from the Mediterranean in the southeast of Spain. The Luzon Verde is a spice-scented black-fruited wine crafted with 100% certified organic grapes.
The region’s poor soils and minimal rain fall provide vines with a natural resistance to pests that aids in organic farming. However, these difficult growing conditions force the vines to work harder for nutrients resulting in low yields and highly concentrated grapes that lend a dark ruby color and rich fruit flavors to the Luzon Verde.
Black pepper, ripe plums and smoke aromas round out this wine’s full-bodied blackberry and herb flavors.
90 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2012 Luzon Verde (verde means green) is pure Monastrell sourced from a variety of small producers, all of them certified on biological agriculture, owning a collection of vineyards from 20 to 50 years old planted at 600-800 meters altitude. It’s fermented in stainless steel, with natural yeasts, it feels a tad more concentrated perhaps, but at the same time fresher with more red fruit, a polished palate, good acidity and good balance. 350,000 bottles produced. It gives a lot of pleasure for a very fair price. Drink 2013-2014.