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November 22, 2018 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Capture an infinitely smooth wine with the Spain Monastrell

The fourth and final release from our Restricted Quantities 2019 program entitled, 4Fugitives is a hearty Spain Monastrell. Learn more about this limited release wine, our recommended pairings, the varietal itself and the fugitive – José Ulloa Navarro – who inspired it.


Like Navarro’s harrowing wildly juicy tales, this wine will entrance and entice the palate with a voluptuous headiness and earthy appeal that will have your glasses raised! Saludos to a man who lived with such passion!


Food Pairings:

  • Braised beef short ribs with a creamy polenta
  • Veal with mushroom sauce
  • Veggie burger with aioli and caramelized onion


Monastrell’s known place of origin is the Mediterranean Coast of Spain although some say it could have been brought by the Phoenician traders. Its synonym Mourvèdre is derived from the name of the town of Murviedro in Valencia, Spain. Monastrell is likely derived from the word monastery. It’s mostly planted in Spain where it produces bold and earthy wines with flavours of ripe black fruits, black pepper dried flowers and spices.


It was in Salamanca where José would start his life as a bullfighter. Yet only two years later, he abandoned it for smuggling. Obtaining goods in Gibraltar, he and a partner were in charge of distribution. Called again to the bullring for the celebration of King Ferdinand VII in 1814, José’s life and love took a drastic turn. Ulloa was on horseback to fight, when an accident forced him to return home unexpectedly. His unfortunate return led him to discover the infidelities of his wife. After killing the lover and the unfaithful wife, he found no other solution to his destroyed life than enlisting in the squad of bandits known as, Los Siete Niños de Ecija. All except José, were captured and executed in 1817.

Craft Winemakers will finally have a chance to make their own Spain Monastrell wine through the RJS Craft Winemaking 2019 Restricted Quantities program. However as this is a limited release, Order through your local RJS Craft Winemaking retailer is essential to ensure you can get your hands on a kit or two!

Capture an infinitely smooth wine March 2019!

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