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.
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.
A sensuous, seductive red wine with mocha and black fleshy fruit in the nose that follows through on the palate. Full-bodied with lots of character and life. Love the espresso finish. I drool with I think of this wine paired with a coffee-rubbed steak.
Food Pairing Notes
Goat, leg of lamb with garlic, vinegar, and olive oil.