La Maldicion Tinto 2016
A strong advocate of biodynamic viticulture, winemaker Marc Isart has a passion for place and for producing wines of great transparency, something this lively, smashable red delivers in spades. Now labelled Tinto de Valdilecha (the wine was previously called Tinto para beber [a red to drink!]) this is a fragrant, juicy blend of 80% mature-vine Tempranillo (from Valdilecha at 780 metres) with the balance being made up with the local white grape Malvar (from Belmonte at similar altitude). Both varieties are co-fermented with natural yeast for 20-25 days without stems and aged in cement and some used 300-litre French oak barrels. La Maldición translates as "the curse" and is named after the daily grind this region's historical workers faced getting to - and eking a living off - the isolated, high-altitude, rocky vineyards east of Madrid. There is nothing jinxed about the wine however, which offers bags of pure, floral-tinged, red-jubey fruit, lined with wispy tannins and refreshing acidity. Think of a delicious, high grown Beaujolais with perhaps the pulp of an early drinking Rhône (from the higher altitude vineyards of the Ardèche) and you'll be getting close.
In a mixed or straight case: $22.79
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