2004 Bodegas Ercavio Mas Que Vinos La Plazuela

Year: 2004
Appellation: La Mancha
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Price :
$19.95
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$50.00 JUICE FOR UNDER $20!! WE ARE NOT MESSING AROUND, HURRY!!

"The flagship 2004 La Plazuela is 80% Cencibel (Tempranillo) and 20% Garnacha with the Cencibel vines ranging in age from 90-105 years. Purple/black-colored, the wine displays complex aromas of earth, forest floor, mushrooms, espresso roast, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with attractive, spicy black fruit flavors and light tannin, but lacking the depth, breadth, and concentration needed for a higher score. Drink it over the next 6-8 years." (WA)

"($55; 80% cencibel and 20% garnacha) Ruby-red. Bright redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with a sexy gingerbread quality adding complexity. Firm, spicy cherry and cassis flavors are slow to open, with dusty tannins adding solidity. Air brings up sweeter blackberry and mocha, which carry through a firm, focused finish. Give this some time. (Eric Solomon Selections, Charlotte, NC)" (IWC)

THIS $50 WINNING SPANISH WINE, ON SPECIAL FOR UNDER $20 2004 LA PLAZUELA, Estate Btld. BODEGAS ERCAVIO

No, the heading of this review of La Plazuela is not a typo; the wines regular price is truly $50, with L.A. Wine obtaining it at a super close out price and passing the savings onto their customers. And, it you’re wondering is there something off about the wine, like, is it getting too old and a bit oxidized, is it throwing an ugly sediment, is it corked and off-flavored—the answer is an unequivocal, NO! It was just a wine the importer found hard to move and offered it at an irresistible close out price that Steve at L.A. Wines is passing on to you.

As for a description of this bargain of bargains, I can do no better then quote from Parker’s Wine Advocate when his Spanish wine reviewer rated the wine 89/90 and wrote – “The flagship 2004 La Plazuela is 80% Cencibel (Tempranillo) and 20% Garnacha with the Cencibel vines ranging in age from 90-105 years. Purple/black-colored, the wine displays complex aromas of earth, forest floor, mushrooms, espresso roast, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with attractive, spicy black fruit flavors and light tannin, but lacking the depth, breadth, and concentration needed for a higher score. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.

The winery and vineyard is located near the historical town of Toledo, a few miles south of Madrid making this a Castilian wine. The wine was aged for 15 months in French and American barrels and bottled unfiltered. Total production was only 9646 bottles.

RATING:90/91

PRICE:$19.95 *****bargain

WHERE:Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Mas Que Vinos = 3 Winemakers & 3 Friends. Margarita Madrigal, Gonzalo Rodriguez, and Alexandra Schmedes met in 1998 in Rioja and began a “flying winemaker” consultant firm, taking them to projects across Spain. They were drawn to Gonzalo’s home town of Dosbarrios where they saw great potential in the vineyards and decided to launch their own project, Ercavio, named for an old Roman settlement. They renovated an old family winery (from 1851) with typical tinajas (large clay wine vats: the traditional and antique method for fermenting in the region), located in the house of La plazuela in Dosbarrios. It is here that the wine la Plazuela is barrel aged.

The area of the village Dosbarrios, Huerta and Cabañas, with their vineyards is the Mesa de Ocaña, located about 60km east of Toledo. The continental climate is especially suited to growing grapes with cold, dry winters and hot summers, tempered by high altitude cooling.