2018 Mas Que Vinos Tempranillo Carbonico, Los Conejos Malditos, Tierra de Castilla, Spain (750ml)
This juicy, youthful red wine made from Spain's ubiquitous Tempranillo has been one of our preferred "house" wines for several vintages in a row.
Más Que Vinos was founded in La Rioja in 1998 when three friends - Margarita Madrigal, Alexandra Schmedes and Gonzalo Rodriguez met. Three winemakers, each one with extense winemaking experience. Seeing the great potential of the vineyards in Gonzalo’s hometown of Dosbarrios (outside Toledo), they launched their personal winery project rescuing old plots of indigenous grape varieties and moving to all organic viticulture. They renovated the old family winery (from 1851) and in 2007 constructed a new modern winery in nearby Cabañas de Yepes. Spontaneous whole cluster fermentation in small stainless steel tanks after which the grapes are pressed in the classical method - the lighter free flow wine is released from the tank (Lágrima) leaving the Corazón – pressed juice from the natural weight of the remaining grapes in the tank. The biggest threat to these old vines are not the extreme conditions they face each year - whipping winds, blistering heat, bitter cold, lack of rain - it is rabbits. Cute as they may be, the destruction they cause is massive - taking out entire hectares of vineyards each year.