2016 Abel Mendoza "Jarrarte" Rioja

SKU #1321942 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The delicious, aromatic, juicy and showy carbonic maceration red 2016 Jarrarte Maceración Carbónica is a lot more serious than what the name might suggest to many. The nose is simply spectacular and the palate is soft, gentle, approachable but not banal. It fermented in open concrete vats with full clusters and was bottled young and unoaked. 38,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2017. (LG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Abel Mendoza is one of the original bodegueros in Rioja to begin carving out his own path, producing, marketing and exporting his own small production wines. He spends much of his time tending his San Vicente based vineyards, which have always been farmed organically, a rarity in much of the wine world, particularly a region which has been as commercially successful as Rioja. Jarrate is his traditional maceración carbónica wine, with lovely fresh fruit and some grip to it as well. It is a delicious, true to form expression of the original, centuries old, unoaked style of Rioja, before the large scale introduction of small barrels in the 19th century.

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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.