Venta Morales Tempranillo 2015
Venta Morales is the new estate of Rafael Canizares. His work in eastern La Mancha has produced clearly some the highest quality wines not just from La Mancha but from all of Spain. He's identified La Mancha's best vineyards and has done a lot of work isolating the oldest vines and working with the best clones of Tempranillo. This is an estate driven by value and the sole wine of the estate Venta Morales is one of our best. The Mediterranean climate and poor soils of sand, limestone and slate yield a particularly rich Tempranillo. In addition some of the vines are 40 to 50 years old which give natural, lower yields yielding even more complexity. Grapes come from 30 to 50 year old Tempranillo vines planted in Calcareous Limestone and clay with sand and slate in the Eastern side of D.O. La Mancha. Scant rainfall in this Mediterranean climate force the vines to 'go deep'. The extensive roots offer more complexity to the fruit and to the wine.
Wine SpectatorBright and juicy, this lively red delivers cherry and grape flavors, with subtle leafy and vanilla accents, supported by light tannins and fresh acidity. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastFoxy candied plum and raspberry aromas come with a strong whiff of wet dog. Choppy in feel on the palate, with weedy foxy berry flavors, this fails to show much of an upside.