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2016 Miguel Merino "Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz" Rioja SKU #1479256

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Tasting Notes

96 points Tim Atkin, MW: "Varietal Mazuelos are very rare in Rioja, but when they're as good as this you wonder why. Late picked from poor, stony soils that face north-west, this is smooth, elegant and very elegant, with none of the grape's occasional rusticity, gentle oak spice, silky tannins and savoury red berry fruit. Wonderful stuff." A longtime player in the wine world, Miguel Merino decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vines and making his own wine. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Briones, Miguel Merino makes—as he likes to put it—an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own 2 hectares of vines and several hectares of vineyards owned by a close friend. All the fruit is from sloped vineyards (Miguel is a fan of his slopes) within the Rioja Alta town of Briones, which makes these wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). This is a truly unique 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 see what Mazuelo can do on its own, you definitely should check it out.

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