Sunday, July 8, 2018

Wine Review: Matsu El Pícaro 2016

Matsu El Pícaro 2016

Out of the Toro region of Spain comes Matsu, which means wait in Japanese, paying homage to three generations of viticulturists and winemakers. And that shows on the unique labels, as different faces of each generation are shown by the age of the vineyards and the wine's oak aging, quality, and also personality.

El Pícaro 2016 (pícaro means rogue) represents youth, El Recio 2015 (recio means strong) represents maturity, and El Viejo 2015 (viejo means old) represents wisdom. I'll be reviewing all three, starting right now with the El Picaro 2016.

This is 100% Tinta de Toro (AKA Tempranillo), as are all three of these wines, from fifty to seventy year old vineyards using biodynamic techniques. It's fermented and macerated in small concrete deposits with natural yeasts, softly pressed, bottled without filtration or use of any "aggressive" clarifier, and has a 14.5% ABV. And here's why this Rogue represents youth: It was not aged in oak but spent three months aging on its lees in concrete tanks. I'm expecting it to be fruit forward and less nuanced then the other two.

The color of the wine is purple. At first it was closed off so I did some swirling, let it sit while I got my ass handed to me in my video game, and came back with a bruised ego to find it had opened up. On the nose there's aromas of cherries, blueberries, licorice, and baking spices. It's medium bodied with a slightly bright acidity and chalky tannin. Cherries and strawberries ride the acidity, but on the mid-palate there's also black currant, dark chocolate, and leather. Then it finishes with strawberries, cracked pepper, and leather.

Yuuuuuuuuup it's delicious! Man, do I love Tempranillo. Here's the thing: you could tell me that this wine was $22 and I wouldn't bat an eye. But it's not $22; it's actually $14. And for that it gets a 4.5 out of 5 in price vs quality. If you see it then buy it. You will not regret the purchase.

Price: $14
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review thanks to Heavenly Spirits. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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