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2010 Vendimia Seleccionada, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Mauro

2010 Vendimia Seleccionada, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Mauro

Red | Drink now | Bodegas Mauro | Code:  37945 | 2010 | Spain > Toro | Tempranillo/Tinto Fino | Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol

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97/100

WA - The 2010 VS is a special selection of Tempranillo from two plots of older vineyards, one in Transpinedo and another one Tudela de Duero (La Oliva), aged for 36 months in oak barrels (including malo) with a classical blend of 80% French oak and the rest American. Spicy and mineral, subtler and more elegant, this 2010 has a gobsmacking balance with lots of tannins, concentration and acidity, but all of it in great harmony. I see the 2010 as a modern version of the 1996, which remains the hallmark for this bottling. It will be fascinating to taste them side-by-side in some years, as the 1996 is still fresh and young. It should have a long life in bottle. And of the best VS ever. At this quality level, the price looks certainly attractive. 25,000 bottles.
Luis Gutirrez - 30/10/2015

The Producer

Bodegas Mauro

Bodegas Mauro

Bodegas Mauro's not inconsiderable pedigree is underlined by the fact that its founder, Mariano García, used to be the chief winemaker at Vega Sicilia.

His sons, Albert and Eduardo, now captain the ship and do so with great aplomb, exploiting their old Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) vines with great skill. Interesting limestone-dominated terroir, allied to vinification in French and American oak, has engendered a truly exceptional range of wines in the wine appellation of Toro.

The Grape

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

The Region

Toro

The wine region of Toro is a predominantly red-wine appellation in Castilla y León in north-western Spain. Toro is situated in the province of Zamora, west of the Rueda and Ribera del Duero wine appellations, and in the Spanish Duero river valley near the Portuguese border. 

The Toro appellation covers approximately 5,600 hectares of vineyards at an altitude of 600 to 750 metres above sea level. The region produces red wine across the spectrum from Joven to Gran Reserva, but all grades must be made from at least 75 percent Tinta de Toro (the local name for a clone of the Tempranillo red grape). The best reds tend to contain 100 percent Tinta de Toro and are robust, concentrated and well-structured.

Cabernet Sauvignon is also planted in the region, but not permitted for its DO wines. White wines constitute only a small proportion of Toro production and are made from Malvasía and Verdejo.

Toro made its breakthrough when some of the greatest names in the Spanish winemaking scene showed their trust in the region's potential, and moved on to establish their own estates there. These included Vega Sicilia's Álvarez family, Rioja's Marqués de Riscal and Mariano García (the former Vega Sicilia winemaker) with its new Toro winery Mauro-dos. 

Jacques and François Lurton of Bordeaux also launched a winery (El Albar) in Toro, where they're making wine both alone and in partnership with renowned oenologist Michel Rolland (at his Campo Elíseo). In Valdefinjas, Rioja's Eguren family of Bodegas Sierra Cantabria has Numanthia-Termes, which makes Termanthia and Numanthia, two of the most well-known wines in the region today.

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