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Bodegas Mauro Crianza Vendimia Seleccionada 1996

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Winemaker Notes

    Bottled without filtration in May 2000 after 24 months of ageing in French and American oak barrels. In this harmonious wine, which can be kept for many years, we have endeavoured to preserve the full character of the terroir and the fruit. Can be drunk with pleasure in its early years, but should be decanted at least half and hour before dinking.

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    Bodegas Mauro

    Bodegas Mauro

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    Bodegas Mauro, , Spain
    Bodegas Mauro
    Bodegas MAURO is located in the Duero river valley at Tudela, a few miles to the south of the city of Valladolid. Because of this location, and the presence of a few old Grenache vines, Mauro does not benefit from the Ribera del Duero control of origin. No matter, the wine has established a world wide reputation without the distinction ... rather like the "Super Tuscan" reds from Italy. Mauro was created in the 1970's by Luciano Suarez, an architect, specialised in the restoration of medieval monuments, and Felix Choque, cousin of Mariano Garcia, the former winemaker at Vega Sicilia. Their objective : to rival the best of Spain. In this they are very successful. The vineyards cover 30 hectares with 90% Tempranillo, 5% Grenache, and 5% Syrah. Many of the vines are 60 years old and more. Vinification and ageing is in the classic French manner with maturation in new or 1 year old French and American oak casks. Further ageing takes place in bottle before release after at least three years ; all this under the watchful eye of Mariano Garcia and his sons. The style is classic Ribera del Duero with a dark rich colour, a gorgeous bouquet showing great class, and a perfect balance between the oak and rich black fruit. On the palate Mauro has a smooth style, silky texture and the distinction to rival a great Bordeaux Classified Growth. Only about 90 000 bottles are made. Demand is so strong that each vintage is usually sold out within 3 months of release. The bodega has recently purchased vineyards in nearby Toro. The first vintage was the superb 1997.

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    Petite Sirah

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    With its deep color, rich texture, firm tannin, and bold flavors, there is nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The variety was originally known as Durif, but took on its more popular moniker when it was imported to California from France in 1884. Despite its origins, it has since become known as a quintessentially Californian grape. It has been commonly utilized as a blending partner for softer Zinfandel and other varieties, but has also found success as a single varietal wine. It is most commonly grown in Lodi and the Central Valley, and to an extent in Sonoma and Napa counties.

    In the Glass

    Petite Sirah wines are typically deep, dark, rich, and inky, with concentrated flavors of blueberry, plum, backberry, black pepper, sweet baking spice, leather, and cigar box, and chewy, chocolatey tannins. Notes of vanilla and coconut can be found in examples with significant amounts of new oak.

    Perfect Pairings

    Petite Sirah’s full body and bold fruit make it an ideal match for barbecue, especially brisket with a slightly sweet sauce, and other rich meat dishes. The variety’s heavy tannins call for fatty protein and strong flavors that won’t get drowned out by the wine.

    Sommelier Secret

    Don’t get Petite Sirah confused with Syrah—it is not, as the name might seem to imply, a smaller version of Syrah. It is, however, the offspring of Syrah (crossed with an obscure French variety called Peloursin), so the two grapes do share some characteristics despite being completely distinct varieties.

    ONC87666560_1996 Item# 40684

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