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Arizcuren Solomazuelo 2016

Arizcuren Solomazuelo

2016
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Making a first wine based exclusively on grapes of the Mazuelo variety in Rioja speaks of courage and...

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/ 0.75 L btl

Wine Arizcuren Solomazuelo 2016

Spec sheet
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Origin
TypeRed Wine
Alcohol content i13.0%
Bottle size and vintage0.75 L - 2016

Review

Making a first wine based exclusively on grapes of the Mazuelo variety in Rioja speaks of courage and respect for tradition. Javier Arizcuren, its creator, comes from a family of winegrowers in the Rioja Oriental, although his profession is that of an architect. His own genes and permanent contact with winery architectural projects led him, after studying viticulture and oenology, to produce, back in 2009, a small amount of wine on the ground floor of his family residence.

In 2011 he took the reins of the family farm and decided to bet firmly on one of the historic varieties of Rioja: the mazuelo. Said grape, despite its enormous virtues (acidity, color, tannins, etc.) is rarely exclusively vinified in the region, as it is much easier to use it to round up blends. Javier, however, opted to show it in its essence, under the baton of wild yeasts and with the respectful contribution of large-volume barrels, creating a wine with which very few can compare.

Freshness and depth in a glass that is dressed in cherry and adorned with black plums and cherries, while it is perfumed with suggestive aromas of laurel and stones. On the palate it lets you feel the tannins and lively acidity of the variety, but a center of ripe fruit serves as a cushion for such sensations. Very well integrated wood that is felt especially in the roasted tones of its finish and in the elegant dryness that remains after the last sip. It is preserved in an extraordinary state of shape despite its vintage and still promises several years of excellence. Cloves, cocoa and black currants have just chiseled a nose of enviable complexity that is, in itself, a tribute to the historic Riojan grapes.

Food pairing

Game terrine / Duck with red fruits / Cured cheeses

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC

Tasting notes

  • ViewPurplish red / Semi-opaque
  • Bouquet:Red fruit / Floral notes / Pepper / Undergrowth notes / Creamy / Fresh
  • Mouth:Lovely / Accessible / Sweet / Fleshy / Fruit-forward / Elegant

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by: Uwe (24 Jan) - Vintage 2016

Mature and complete taste

One of the best riojas in my view. Quite strong and mature, full rounded taste. Could almost be a Ribeira

by: Domingo (30/11/2020) - Vintage 2016

Rioja sorprendente

De corte moderno, refrescante en boca, con buena acidez y volumen, mucha fruta y finas especias, con notas minerales muy elegantes. Demostrado queda que se pueden hacer cosas muy chulas sólo con mazuelo. Bravo!

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Javier Arizcuren comes from a family background of winemaking in the Rioja Oriental town of Quel. He is a professional architect whose projects include the Marqués de Terán and Finca Los Arandinos wineries and, recently, the restoration of the huge underground sixteenth-century cellars and nineteenth-century buildings of the Conde de los Andes winery in Ollauri. After studying wine growing and oenology at the University of La Rioja and travelling to different Spanish and...

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