2007 Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo

Year: 2007
Appellation: Vines de la Tierra
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 87
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Price :
$10.95
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STEVE SAYS, "BUY THIS AND BE AMAZED", HERE WE GO AGAIN!

100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)

"The 2007 Venta Mazzaron spent 8 months in French oak. Deep crimson in color, its nose exhibits Asian spices, espresso, damp earth, and blackberry. On the palate it is a bit more structured than the Las Brisas with 1-2 years of aging potential. It has plenty of spicy black fruits, good balance, and a medium long finish. Drink this very good value through 2017. " (WA)

"($15; 100% tempranillo) Inky purple. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, licorice, flowers and Moroccan spices. Juicy and mineral-driven, featuring a fine-grained texture and very good intensity to the red fruit and floral flavors. There's an element of finesse here that's rare to find in a wine at double the price. Leaves sweet fruit and spice notes behind a long, sappy finish." (IWC)

"It’s wines like this that make me ask why I spend $30+ on a single bottle. I try two to three new wines every week. Because of the research I put in before purchasing, I’m often (but not always) impressed by the value those wines deliver. Occasionally, I am totally blown away by what I’m drinking. This is one of those wines.

I literally can’t wrap my head around how, financially, a wine this good can be made. The grapes are grown nearly 6000 miles away in a country where, despite their unstable economy, the exchange rate isn’t exactly favorable for us ‘mericans. Sure Spain has more acres under vine than any other country, but they still have to grow, harvest, ferment, age, bottle, transport and sell each bottle of wine. Doing that for a wine that tastes this good, and selling it for $11 frankly makes no sense to me. But I’m not getting too upset by it.

I’ve had Tempranillo approaching 4 times this price that didn’t have the vibrant nose, depth and texture of this wine. It’s complemented, but not obscured by oak and has a finish that goes on and on. Sound like a high-end wine? It tastes like one too…" (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
This wine is made from ungrafted Tinta de Toro old vines. The vineyards are planted on soils that are a good blend of sand and chalk with a good amount of iron over the typical underlayment of clay which is common in Toro. Yields are 1.5 t/acre (3.5t/h).

Aged for 9 months in oak barrels.

Production: 4,000 cases