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2013 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan

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October 17, 2021 - $66

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RATINGS

93The Wine Advocate

...elegant, subtle, harmonious and fresh Macán.

93Wine Enthusiast

Charred smoky aromas mask robust berry scents. Deep plum and berry fruit creates a flush texture. Full oaky flavors of blackberry and black plum are spicy, dry and chocolaty on the finish...this is excellent.

91Vinous / IWC

Spice-accented dark berry, cherry and floral scents are energized by cracked pepper and mineral nuances. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and cherry flavors that firm up slowly on the back half...tannic finish, which leaves behind cherry pit and licorice notes.

90Wine Spectator

Sanguine, smoky and loamy earth flavors shadow cherry fruit in this firm red...herbal and licorice notes adding a refreshing bitter aspect.

17Jancis Robinson

Silkier texture...terrific core of fruit and excellent balance. Tannins are compact... Deeply layered.

REGION

Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.