La Quinta Cruz Mazuelo 2018 | Rioja
Viñedo situado a la derecha del Río Ebro, entre los 438 y los 489 metros de altitud sobre el nivel del mar. Suelos desde aluviales hasta arcillo-calcáreos con presencia de gravas y cantos rodados.
Las uvas son despalilladas para retirar el raspón y el mosto fermenta con hollejos en grandes tinas de roble de 240 hectolitros. Crianza de 6 años en barrica de roble. Sometido a dos trasiegas por año. Clarificado con claras de huevos frescos y embotellado sin filtrar.
I also tasted the 2018 Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz, which follows the style of the 2017 with a bright ruby color and a classical, clean and balanced nose that denotes youth. The nose was a bit closed and took time to take off, but the perfumed fruit was noticeable in the palate straight away. It's only 12.5% alcohol, a little lighter and certainly more ethereal than the 2017, but it seems to have developed full flavors through a slow ripening process. This 2018 went through malolactic and 14 months aging in four 500-liter casks and five 225-liter barriques, and the oak is neatly folded into the wine. Transparent is a word that comes to mind. Purity and symmetry. 3,200 bottles were filled in March 2020.