Friday Feature – November 13th, 2009

An amazing, one-time red wine deal from one of the top wineries of Spain!

Hello, and happy Friday!

For one week only, through November 20th, I will offer the 2005 Bodegas Mauro at $21.99 a bottle – a wine that normally retails for $47.99 a bottle!

Why should you buy this wine? Well, this is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try a top-notch example of Tempranillo from one of Spain’s greatest winemakers at a price that is way below cost! I used to sell this wine at $47.99 a bottle and thought that it was well worth it. But at this price, you should be on your way here to grab some right now.

Spanish red wine fans must not miss this!



Tempranillo reigns supreme in Spain, whether it comes from the regions of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, or somewhere in between. It may not be the most widely planted grape in Spain, but its reputation has gained for the wines of the country an international recognition of quality.

One of the prominent producers of the grape is Bodegas Mauro. On one of my wine trips to Spain, I visited 10 of the Ribera del Duero region’s top producers. The visit that stood out the most for me was my time at Bodegas Mauro (which technically isn’t in the region itself, lying just to the west in the village of Tudela del Duero).

This shouldn’t have come as a surprise. After all, the winery was restored in the 1970s by the well-respected architect Luciano Suarez, who was joined by Felix Choque, the cousin of the famous enologist and winemaker Mariano García, who spent 30 years at Vega Sicilia. They were able to lure García into making the wines, and thus Bodegas Mauro was created in 1980.

Being just outside of the appellation of Ribera del Duero, the label can’t carry the name and instead is referred to by the less prestigious “Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León”. Despite this, the wines have become one of the most famous and recognizable labels in Spain. This is not a Spanish wine that is made for the American market. Get this: 70% or more of its production is sold in Spain!

The vineyards of Bodegas Mauro lie in two locations, Tudela del Duero and Santibáñez de Valcorba. Like much of Ribera del Duero, the soil can be characterized as limy, sandy, calcareous with some clay and very good drainage. The days can get quite warm during the growing season, but there is always a dramatic cool-off at night that gives the grapes good natural acidity.

The bulk of production at Bodegas Mauro is represented by the wine that I offer today. The 2005 is a blend of 88% Tempranillo and 12% Syrah. This vintage is considered an excellent vintage at Mauro. It was somewhat challenging because of a lack of rain, and yields were lower than normal. Luckily, many of the old vines in the vineyard were able to withstand the weather and as a result offered beautiful fruit. This wine does see a mixture of French and American oak, having spent 16 months in barrel of various ages.

The 2005, when it was first released, was a little tight, but it is just starting to come into its own, drinking beautifully. I have also known the Mauro to age well over a decade, and you should certainly stock up so that you can taste its evolution.

“Opaque purple-colored, it reveals a brooding but enticing bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, tar, and assorted black fruits. This leads to a layered, plush, mouth-filling, sweetly fruited wine with tons of flavor. It has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and its finish is long and pure. It can be enjoyed now but will continue to provide pleasure through 2025. 93 Points, Jay Miller, Wine Advocate”

Craig Perman
Perman Wine Selections
802 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone 312-666-4417
Fax 312-666-4487

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