Ercavio Tempranillo 2009 Front Label
Ercavio Tempranillo 2009 Front Label

Ercavio Tempranillo 2009

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Complex aromas of dark fruits, like black cherry and blackberry, mixed with hints of cedar, vanilla and coffee on the nose. On the palate, the wine is velvety, full bodied and intense. The savoury flavours of dark fruit, licorice and spices are well blended with an elegant toasting. Long finish with soft tannins.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Ercavio Tempranillo Roble spent 5 months in French and American oak. Cedar, pepper, chocolate, and blackberry make up the bouquet of this dense, plush, concentrated red that over-delivers in a big way. Drink this crowd-pleaser over the next 3-4 years.
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Ercavio, Spain
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Mas Que Vinos is the brainchild of a group of friends, Margarita Madrigal, Gonzalo Rodriguez, and Alexandra Schmedes. Having renovated an old family winery which dates to 1851, the three sought to preserve as much as they could from the original property, including the old tinajas (clay amphors) which are still used today for the malolactic fermentation.

La Mancha is one of the few areas of Spain that benefits from one single climate instead of two or three such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero. This Continental climate favors the extremes, with very cold winters and very hot summers. In the summer, and because of the altitude (often over 700 meters), the nights are quite cool which is perfect for an grape maturation. Soils in the zone are usually clay and limestone, with small patches of granite.

Mas Que Vinos works with two varietals with which many American buyers may not be familiar. Cencibel, a red varietal, is simply another name for Tempranillo when grown in certain areas of Central and Southern Spain. Arien, equally as unknown, is Spain’s most widely planted white varietal. Bunches are large and very tightly packed and alcohol levels tend to be between 13% and 14%. Often it is added to a blend for texture, but as it tends to be lower in alcohol in the area near Mas Que Vinos and the aromatics quite interesting, the property has decided to make it the centerpiece of their white wine.

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Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.

Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.

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