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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Mustiguillo Mestizaje 2007
Mustiguillo Mestizaje 2007
(search item no. 100068)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $17.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Varieties: 70% Bobal, 10% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Garnacha Tintorera

Bodegas Mustiguillo is a charming small winery built on the site of a former stable and has become the star of the Utiel-Requena. Mustiguillo's owner, Toni Sarrión is the devoted cultivator of high-elevation Bobal vines in the heart of this beautiful region. Mustiguillo is unique in its quest to "rescue" the indigenous Bobal variety, a grape known primarily for rose production, but when handled carefully, can produce reds of remarkable quality – such as those from Bodegas Mustiguillo.

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About Mustiguillo:

A relatively new winery, Mustiguillo was created to give a place and prominence to the unheralded varietal Bobal. The owners believe strongly that this grape, when cropped low and harvested later, can produce wines that rival some of the greatest wines of Northern Spain. As such, many of the old vines of the property have been kept (some as old as 90 years old) and new vines of Bobal have been planted as well.

Utiel-Requena lies on a warm, arid plateau at an average of 700 meters above sea level. Mustiguillo owns four distinct parcels scattered throughout the zone including two over 800 meters. Soil structure is quite poor, with low amounts of organic material. Gravel, some clay, and smaller amounts of limestone make up the bulk of the vineyards. Rainfall is lower than the Spanish average and this shortage is thought to contribute to the excellent fruit concentration of these vines.