MonasterioWines (2)‘Carinena’ is a grape varietal, as well a wine producing area in Northern Spain. The city of Zaragoza is in D.O.P. Carinena, as is Grandes Vinos Y Vinedos, a producer of excellent Garnacha wines. One of their brands is Monasterio, named for monks (centuries ago) who had a winery on the same land.

Monasterio is made with a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Carinena grapes.

A bottle we tried recently, Monasterio de las Vinas Gran Reserva 2005, was exceptional — especially given the suggested retail price of $20. Though, last we heard, it still isn’t distributed in the U.S., but other wines from Grandes Vinos Y Vinedos that are, include: Beso de Vino and Corona de Aragon.