92 Insider Points
91 Points - Vinous
Finca La Mata Would Do Well in Casablanca.
It's the type of wine I imagine Ilsa would be ordering in that little gin joint. Being that it's from across the Straight, she just might have. I could see myself sitting in a Moroccan club doing the same thing.
Soft nose of black raspberry and cigar box. Medium-light bodied with black currant, lingonberry, blueberry, and earthy spice with tobacco. A lengthy and complex finish. Here's looking at you, kid.
92 Points - JZ January '17
"(aged for eight months in 80 percent French and 20 percent American oak barrels, one-third of them new) Inky purple. Smoke-accented blue fruit and violet pastille aromas, along with hints of incense and licorice. Sappy black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend richness and vivacity and pick up a spicy nuance as the wine stretches out. Closes smooth, long and appealingly sweet, featuring sneaky tannins and an echo of ripe blue fruit."- Vinous
100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo)
Ribero del Duero, Spain
One of our favorite wines to recommend to friends, the Finca La Mata Tempranillo warrants some serious attention. Bold, spicy, and vivacious, it’s powerhouse stunner that’s dangerously easy on the wallet. This new 2015 vintage is a jaw dropper too. For a bottle that has gotten 90 points or higher from Vinous every year its produced, it is incredible that they’ve outdone themselves this time!
The Ribera del Duero puts most Tempranillo regions to shame. The region is famed for its special clone of Tempranillo thanks to producers like Vega Sicilia, Astrales, and Pingus. International winemaking superstar Isaac Fernandez started his winemaking career in among these prestigious vines 25 years ago.
The result is insanely good and a helluva lot cheaper than Vega Sicilia. Hard to find in stores and difficult to put down, the 2015 Finca La Mata Tempranillo offers up a rich, textural masterpiece of a wine. Black plum and fresh raspberries join crushed violets and heady spice notes on the palate. The delicate vein of minerality balances the experience into the lingering and seductive finish. It’s a gloriously good bottle and one you can keep plenty of on hand.
Why we love it:
- Isaac Fernandez Seleccion sought out exceptional Tempranillo. This fruit is harvested from two incredible vineyards in the Ribero del Duero. The vines average 50 years of age and have withstood the test of time while producing powerful wines year in and year out.
- The inky purple wine is aged for 8 months in a special Oak regime. One-third of the barrels are new. And the French to American Oak percentage is 80:20. The treatment adds heady incense and spice to the roasted blueberry and raspberry palate.
Fun Fact: Tempranillo’s ancient status in Spain’s winemaking regions means that it has a slew of nicknames. Tinta del Pais is just one of many, but it is Isaac Fernandez’s favorite name for his beloved grape. (We’re partial to Aragonez or Cencibel, but that’s just us!)
Inky purple. Smoke-accented blue fruit and violet pastille aromas, along with hints of incense and licorice. Sappy black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend richness and vivacity and pick up a spicy nuance as the wine stretches out. Closes smooth, long and appealingly sweet, featuring sneaky tannins and an echo of ripe blue fruit.
Isaac Fernandez Selection is the newest venture of the famous winemaker, Isaac Fernandez, who has spent more than 25 years producing some of the best wines in the Ribera del Duero region. He seeks to respect the identity of each vineyard and to nurture wines that balance power, finesse and purity with the capacity to age.
Produced from 100% Tinta del Pais vines between 60 to 80 years old planted in a single vineyard with a great variety of soils from clay at the bottom of the slope to gravelly sand at the top. Production methods are similar as for the Rios de Tinta with hand harvested fruit sorted prior to de-stemming and light crushing. Cooled pre-fermentation maceration helped to attain a deep color and intense fruit aromas. The wine was fermented with native yeasts and saw additional time with skins versus the Rios de Tinta. There were no other additions except sulfites at bottling. The wine was aged for 8 months in 225 liter barrels prior to assembling the final blend.
This wine is to be enjoyed with red meats, game.