Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review and Rating: ****+ $ Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo, 2004, Spain

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Original Review, April, 2008: The 100% tempranillo Venta Mazzaron is deep red/ruby in the glass, though almost opaque in the middle.

Aromas are potent, funky, bold and old-worldy. Creamy, oil-slicked, oak-encrusted vines. Maybe some graphite, maybe some bacon. Seems high-calorie and high-octane just to breathe it in!

On the palate, an intense, furry, tannic experience that lives up to the smell. New world fruit is carried to the roof of your palate, but bold, smooth yet aggressive tannins cause it to pucker your teeth and creep around your mouth. The finish goes on and on, creating an almost minty-impact in your mouth (without the mint aromas). Blockbuster! This is right on the knife's edge of five stars, but let's give it four stars with a plus for ageworthiness. This wine is all I need for an evening of oenophilic pleasure! Absolutely screaming, phenomenal value at its ridiculously low price point.

Robert Parker awarded (ONLY!) 88 points, saying, "The 2004 Venta Mazzaron, made from old Tinta de Toro vines and aged in French oak, exhibits lovely sweet cherries in an up-front, fruit-driven style, medium body, and no evidence of wood. This is a tasty, value-priced wine." To give Parker credit, however, he did award 90 and 91 points to Venta Mazzaron in vintages surrounding 2004, however.

Updated review, five and a half years later, September, 2013, now nine years from vintage date:  Deep brick in the glass.  Tired nose now, somewhat oxidized, with alcohol breathing through.  Still more in the palate than I anticipated from the aromas.  Heavy, a bit sweet, like rich blackberry and black cherry compote.  But past its target drinkability now.

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