2014 Mas Que Vinos Ercavio Roble Tinto, Tierra de Castilla, Spain

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2014 Mas Que Vinos Ercavio Roble Tinto, Tierra de Castilla, Spain

You know a great wine when, after tasting over three cases of samples, of generally higher end, $40+ wines, the only good one in the bunch worth buying is this tasty little Tempranillo from Bodegas Mas Que Vinos in La Mancha, Spain. We have proudly sold this delicious wine for three straight vintages as the consistent quality warrants a permanent place in our selection. The fact that it's only $12 a bottle is almost ridiculous - especially when you get to visit the property and see all the hard work and dedication they employ in managing their 50+ year old, bush trained vines which they meticulously farm organically. The 100% Cencibel (what they call Tempranillo in La Mancha) grapes were hand picked, fermented in stainless steel, followed by malolactic fermentation in traditional cement amphorae (or, tinajas, as they are called in Spain) and then aged for 8 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels. It's a lot of effort the talented trio of winemakers puts into their Ercavio wines, and way more than most of the rest of the appellation, which is sadly more known for mass production, mechanically made jug wine. Saturated flavors of dark red and black fruits, a little peppery spice and very lively acidity on the finish, it's a juicy, medium to full bodied, killer every day wine that is delicious on its own but would also pair well with a variety of foods.

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