2013 Mas Que Vinos "Ercavio" Tempranillo Roble Tierra de Castilla

SKU #1251939 90 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby. Smoke-accented dark berries and cherry on the fragrant nose. Smooth, sweet and open-knit, offering pliant blackberry and violet pastille flavors that tighten up and gain focus on the back half. Nicely plays richness off vivacity and finishes with very good persistence and supple tannins, leaving a juicy berry note behind. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, with the malo taking place in clay amphoras, followed by eight months of aging in used French and American oak. (JR)  (12/2015)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2016 | Send Email
Fantastic bargain here! When you see the price point, you are probably thinking that this is another jammy, simple wine. But there's a lot more going on in this wine than just the pretty black fruit and earthy spice! This wine has great structure, and good definition. It could easily age for a few years and the quality and sense of terroir are readily apparent. Yet another example of Spanish wine that far exceeds expectations!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2016 | Send Email
Can we ever have too many excellent, everyday reds? At K&L our buyers constantly seem to find these delightful wines to drink without needing to spend a bunch. Case in point this tempranillo that I just got to try. Good red and dark fruit play against just a little floral note and a surprisingly soft mouth feel. A little oak on the finish integrates the tannins well and makes this wine tasty on the first sip and well into the second bottle. It is always good to have options when it comes to table reds and this is definitely one to keep around.

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2016 | Send Email
If you're a Tempranillo fan (and who isn't?), you are going to love this well-priced daily drinker. The fragrant nose offers red and black cherries, as well as a faint floral component. On the palate, this soft-textured, medium-bodied red confirms red and black cherry fruit, with the addition of plum and blackberry. This is a soft, well-balanced red with just a hint of toast and tannin on the finish. At this price, this is a perfect cellar defender to buy by the case!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2016 | Send Email
There was a time when we used to habitually stock this little Tempranillo from La Mancha. It's been off our radar of late, but when I tasted the 2013 I know we had to bring it back. Especially since it's never been better and it's still under $10! Rich and fruit forward aromas also show a hint of lightly toasty oak. On the palate, the wine has the authority, and nearly the tannin structure, of a young Ribera del Duero. A delicious red that outperforms the price.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5