2009 Bodegas Ercavio Mas Que Vinos Roble Tempranillo

Year: 2009
Appellation: La Mancha
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 88
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Ercavio Tempranillo Roble spent 5 months in French and American oak. Cedar, pepper, chocolate, and blackberry make up the bouquet of this dense, plush, concentrated red that over-delivers in a big way. Drink this crowd-pleaser over the next 3-4 years. " (WA)

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.