Yecla is a DO wine region, situated in the far southeastern reaches of Spain. While it is not far from the Mediterranean, it also has some continental climate patterns, as snow is a frequent occurrence in winter, and summers are quite hot; rainfall is scarce. Vineyards range from 1600 to 2600 feet above sea level. Plantings here are dominated by the red Monastrell variety, which gives a deeply colored wine (bright purple), ripe black cherry flavors and round, middle weight tannins. There are mono-varietal examples of Monastrell as well as many reds blended with Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot, with Monastrell being the base. These other varieties are also produced on their own and are made in a ripe, fleshy, crowd-pleasing style. Monastrell is the principal variety for the rosés from this area, while whites are made from grapes such as Macabeo, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo. These are refreshing light, aromatic whites for short term enjoyment. (Wine/Appellations)