2009 Bodegas Mustiguillo "Mestis" Vino de la Tierra El Terrerazo, Spain

SKU #1142850 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Mestis is made up of 50% Bobal, 30% Tempranillo, with the balance Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged for 10 months in French oak. It sports a distinctive nose of blue fruits, brier, underbrush, and smoke leading to a ripe, lively, savory offering with surprising complexity for its modest price. This outstanding value is likely to evolve for 1-2 years although there is no need to defer gratification. Bodegas Mustiguillo is located in the Valencia region and has been a champion of the indigenous Bobal variety.  (6/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (70% bobal, with tempranillo, syrah and cabernet sauvignon): Glass-staining ruby. Opens slowly to display aromas and flavors of dark berries and bitter chocolate, with a touch of cracked pepper. Big, chewy and dense, finishing with notes of plum and spices. This reminded me a lot of a petite sirah.  (11/2011)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.