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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005
Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005
(search item no. 94694)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2005 Venta Mazzarron is one of the finest values in Spanish wine. Made from 100% Tinta de Toro, it offers up a smoky, complex bouquet with notes of mineral and blackberry. Ripe, sweet, forward, and altogether pleasurable, it can be enjoyed over the next 6-8 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
91 Points
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About Vinas del Cenit:

Tierra del Vino de Zamora is a historic region that goes back much further than other regions which posses DO status. No other wine-producing region in Spain has a similar title, and in fact some of the 56 towns that are located within the area include 'del vino' in their title: Morales del Vino, Corrales del Vino, El Cubo del vino...

The Tierra del Vino is dissected by the famous Vía de la Plata, which dates back to the Roman Empire. It originally ran through the cities of Mérida and Astorga, serving as a route used by Roman troops and merchants. The region's climate is unique within the northern plateau, its temperature being the highest on average in Castilla y León.

Viñas del Cénit's vineyards are organised in small parcels of land planted with a substantial amount of old Tempranillo vines, some of which are over a hundred years old and ungrafted. The soil is calcareous, gravel and sand-based, with a layer of red clay underneath.

The young oenologist Almudena Alberca from Salamanca has had ties to Viñas del Cénit since its inception in 2003. She is in charge of supervising the vineyards and also of the vinification processes.