Robert Parker 93P
The red 2014 Mauro is mostly Tempranillo with some 10% Syrah from different vineyards in the villages of Tudela de Duero, Traspinedo, Santibañez and Quintanilla de Onésimo. It matured in oak for some 16 months. 2014 is a serious, balanced year, still a powerful wine but with better integrated oak. In fact, they told me they have started using 4,000-liter oak foudres for the aging of this wine and the oak feels different. There is also some earthiness coupled with the very fine tannins. This is a serious vintage of Mauro, in the house style, with very good freshness. Some 300,000 bottles produced.
The García family has started working with biodynamics in the vineyards where grapes are sourced for the VS bottling, and they are impressed with the results. They told me it's quite a lot of work, but it seems to pay off and they are slowly going to implement biodynamic farming in more of their vineyards. I tasted two vintages of the VS, and I ended up favoring the 2013 over the 2012. In fact I loved the 2013, which has to rank among my favorite recent vintages of this cuvée, perhaps in line with the 2010.
Dette er klassisk tempranillo hvor man i glasset oplever en dyb purpur farve med markant rød kant. I næsen fornemmes en meget markant vin med masser af røde og sorte skovbær samt en røget tone fra fadene. Her er også masser af krydderier, bacon og tørret kød. I munden er vinen fyldig og tæt med masser af blommer, sort vintermarmelade samt kanel.