2011 Celler del Roure Parotet

Year: 2011
Appellation: Valencia
Country: Spain
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$14.95

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Mandó, Monastrell, Arcos

Winery Notes:
An indigenous variety to Valencia and one that apart from the efforts of Pablo Calatayud is nearly extinct, Mandó is a remarkable red grape that retains a mineral and herbal freshness even in the generously warm climate of inland Valencia. Characteristically dark fruit flavors are enlivened with aromas of bay laurel and anise which is compelling enough – but when blended with Monastrell and aged in amphorae, a wine like Parotet shows the potential of a D.O. that has long been overlooked in Spain.

FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH ON THE 92 POINT 2012-WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW

The 2012 Parotet is a blend of 75% Mandó and 25% Monastrell fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in underground 2,600-liter terra-cotta amphorae for 14 months. The bottle I tasted showed austere and serious; a little closed before slowly developing some earthy sensations, notes of plums, some Mediterranean herbs (rosemary, lavender, thyme) that turned more balsamic with camphor sensations. The palate is medium-bodied, quite austere and linear with fine tannins, a velvety texture and some of the elegant rusticity so typical of the Monastrell. This is also a good value. 16,000 bottles were produced.

Celler del Roure is the brainchild of Pablo Calatayud who started making wines in a corner of the family furniture factory in 1996, one of the pioneers in the Clariano sub-region of Valencia, in the village of Moixent (or Mogente). He's been stubbornly recovering ancient varieties, especially the red Mandó, and in 2009 they started using the terra-cotta amphorae (no less than 97 of them) that were forgotten in a 300-year-old underground cellar they purchased. The process of verifying that the amphorae, that range from 600 to 2,800 liter capacity, is a slow one, and they currently work with 20 of them. They work with the fruit of 50 hectares of 18-year-old vineyards in the 'Serra Grossa' of Moixent planted with a wide collection of white and red varieties. There is a change in the wines after the 2010 harvest, in search of more freshness and elegance in the wines. The current output is 350,000 bottles per year.