Saturday, January 31, 2009

Top Bargins From Spain!

For those of you living in or around Austin, Texas - pick up Austin Monthly Magazine, not only is it full of great bargins on food, services and shopping - they featured Bodegas Ercavio - Mas Que Vinos Tempranillo Roble 2006 on page 78.

Here's the scoop about this fabulous bottle of Spanish Red Wine (retails under $15 at your favorite wine shop).

100% Tempranillo Altitude: 750m above sea level

Soils: Calcareous-clay combinations Aging: 5 months in French and American oak

91 points, Wine Advocate

About Bodegas Ercavio...

Mas Que Vinos = 3 Winemakers & 3 Friends. Margarita Madrigal, Gonzalo Rodriguez, and Alexandra Schmedes met in 1998 in Rioja and began a “flying winemaker” consultant firm, taking them to projects across Spain. They were drawn to Gonzalo’s home town of Dosbarrios where they saw great potential in the vineyards and decided to launch their own project, Ercavio, named for an old Roman settlement. They renovated an old family winery (from 1851) with typical tinajas (large clay wine vats: the traditional and antique method for fermenting in the region), located in the house of La plazuela in Dosbarrios. It is here that the wine la Plazuela is barrel aged.

The area of the village Dosbarrios, Huerta and Cabañas, with their vineyards is the Mesa de Ocaña, located about 60km east of Toledo. The continental climate is especially suited to growing grapes with cold, dry winters and hot summers, tempered by high altitude cooling.

This bottle is perfect with anything grilled...a great party bottle to open during Superbowl parties too! Cheers - Ali

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