2012 Rothschild/Vega Sicilia Macan TintoTempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz from Spain
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"I met with Pablo Alvarez (Vega Sicilia's CEO) and winemaker Javier Ausás to taste the latest releases from their joint venture with Benjamin de Rothschild in Rioja and talk ab...
- 96 Decanter
- 94 Wine Enthusiast
- 90 Wine Spectator
"After the 2010, this is the finest release yet from this no-expense-spared operation. Super-aromatic and dense, it’s a very ambitious wine aimed at the top end of the market. Made for the long haul, with a core of black fruits, bright acidity, stylish oak and ripe, integrated tannins."
94 Wine Enthusiast
"This young, massive Rioja smells of raspberry, plum, char and tar. The mouthfeel is chunky, rich and deep, with manageable tannins. Blackberry, mocha, char, clove and chocolate flavors announce generous oak, while the finish is spicy, peppery, toasty and ripe."
90 Wine Spectator
"Licorice and graphite notes frame black cherry and dried herb flavors in this polished red. Not exuberant, but balanced, with harmony and depth. Drink now through 2024. 230 cases imported. "
"I met with Pablo Alvarez (Vega Sicilia's CEO) and winemaker Javier Ausás to taste the latest releases from their joint venture with Benjamin de Rothschild in Rioja and talk about their wines and the vintages. For what they told me, 2010 and 2011 are both considered very good, with a big jump from the initial 2009. 2012 will be in line with 2010 and 2011 and the 2013 and 2014 are much more difficult, but they are used to the difficulties coming from Ribera del Duero; they finish harvesting earlier than most people in Rioja. However they are happy with how 2013 is evolving in barrel and consider 2014 more challenging. 2011 could be in continuity with 2010: in both vintages they harvested ten years before the others. In 2011, there was rain just after they finished harvesting, so getting the grapes ripe a little earlier is key to getting quality grapes."Composed exclusively of tempranillo grapes harvested from 40 year-old vines, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macán has been very limited in production since its first vintage in 2009. A great Spanish wine crafted in the French style, this Macán leverages the full potential of the Rioja terrain for an elegant, distinguished wine that is powerful and persistent." -Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate
"Driven by their quest to find the best soils and discover local varieties, Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild aspired to produce a great wine in Spain. In the early 2000s, they met Pablo Alvarez, owner of Vega Sicilia, an encounter that was the genesis of this ambitious undertaking. United by their shared vision rooted in authenticity and know-how, and their desire to forge a long-term collaboration, the two families committed seven years and 70 transactions to purchasing the 110 hectares of vineyards located in the Rioja Alta region, home to Spain's first wines. The Macán name was inspired by the nickname given to residents of the village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, where the estate is located. Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild and the Alvarez family have pooled their energy and expertise to adapt the French " château" concept to Spain in an entirely new way, with an unbroken chain of production from grape-growing to wine-making. Their success was instant: the first Macán vintage (2009) sold out within a few weeks." -Winery
96 - Decanter
94 - Wine Enthusiast
90 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz|
|Taste||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|
|Nose||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|