2014 Miguel Merino Mazuelo de Quinta Cruz Rioja SKU #1326219


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Tasting Notes

This is a truly unique Miguel Merino wine, a single east-west oriented vineyard Carignane (Mazuelo in Spanish) from a cool, Atlantic-influenced climate Bright, slightly peppery, nervy and red fruited, this is quite an original single vineyard wine, and if you want to take a flyer on it to see what Mazuelo can do on its own, we think you will be quite pleased with the wine! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    Of the new releases from Miguel Merino, this bottling made from 100% Mazuelo (a blending grape typically used in much smaller amounts) is the most complex and rewarding of the bunch. With its berry fruit notes, cedar, and dusting of black pepper, it's almost Rhone-esque, though a bit lighter on its feet. It's also complicated by the very identifiable Rioja aromas and flavors of autumn leaves, mushrooms, and sweet balsamic. This is easily the best vintage of this release yet.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    A great example of a cool climate mazuelo (a.k.a. carignan / cariñena) from Spain. Both on the nose and on the palate, fresh, crunchy dark & red fruits are expressed; think plum and dark cherries. A hint of spice accents this quite nicely, as does the earthiness on the finish. A fantastic choice in a food pairing applications to accompany grilled fish or game meats
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Mazuelo (Carignane) is a key component to the Rioja blend. That said, it's not the easiest vine to cultivate and yield tasty results. For those who have well sited, mature vines, and the patience to wait a bit longer to harvest, however, you can get something really fantastic, though it is rarely bottled on its own. Here is one of those rarities, Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz, from a vineyard planted to a particularly stony parcel of land - it is a tiny plot and therefore an extremely limited production. Bright, red fruited, and somewhat earthy, gamy, animal all at the same time. This is perhaps Merino's most original bottling.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    I liked this wine from the start. It is bright with lively fruit followed with a hint of earth. Light to medium bodied it is easy to drink and enjoy. While delicious alone, I think that it will go well with chicken or pork.


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