Who says there aren't small boutique wineries in Spain? PART I

Name: Quinta Mazuela
Quinta Mazuela
Region: Cariñena
Year: 2009
Grape(s): Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a pinch of Petit Verdot


Quinta Mazuela is an artesanal winery and Quinta Mazuela is their signature wine. They also make a limited production Grenache when the conditions are right and they are currently in the process of making a Rhone style white wine with Viognier, Rousanne and Chardonnay. 


Silvia Tomé, the winemaker, is one of the best winemakers in Aragón and she makes wines in other DOs in Spain, but being from Cariñena originally, she wanted to make her own wine in her birthplace. She's an expert in Bordeaux blends, having worked in Saint-Emilion and Médoc, and this wine demonstrates all of her talent.

This is the fourth vintage to date and each vintage is completely unique and special in it's own right. Each vintage has received a different percentage of each grape in the blend and each vintage has it's own character. In the 2009, (the current vintage), the Syrah sings a lovely and mesmerizing song of love. Spicy peppery notes on the nose are accompanied by lovely ripe red fruit and lovely plum and blueberries in mouth. 

It's actually a little unfortunate that her winery is in Cariñena, because the region is known for its Grenache, Carignan (locally called Mazuela) and Tempranillo wines and this wine has none of those grapes. It also has very little to do with the style of wines traditionally made in the region. The vineyards are at a high altitude on a mountain slope and transmit all of the terroir into the wine. Lovely, elegant and truly on par with a great Bordeaux. Pure Garage.



Source: Michael Cooper

Blog spanishwinesandmore.com

April 2013



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