Abel Mendoza, Jarrarte Tinto Oak Aged, Rioja, Spain, 2020
Modest, passionate and in no small part obsessive, Abel Mendoza and Maite Fernández have been making understated wines from their old vine vineyards, high up in the Cantabrian mountains near San Vicente de la Sonsierra since the late 80s.
His intimate knowledge of the diverse terroirs in this spectacular part of Rioja is enthralling, and every barrel tasted reveals startling provenance and true character of the vintage. Abel doesn’t make wines that flatter, they don’t speak of oak regimes, but rather of the quality of his fruit, expressed in its most honest form.
Wine made from grapes that come from vines with an average age of 35 years, located in different areas of the municipality of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja), Labastida and Abalos. Clay-Calcareous soils.
The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature.
Type: French Oak Allier
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 50
Cherry red, purple and traces of violet. Subtle notes of cocoa, liquorice, and balsamic. It enters the mouth dry and structured.
Beef and Pasta Bolognaise
6 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 90 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 94 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 95 Points