El Marciano Garnacha Alfredo Maestro 2020

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The weekend

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Deep, Rustic, Full bodied

Our customers think:

4.5

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El Marciano Garnacha Alfredo Maestro, Natural wine, organic fruit, no added sulphites, full bodied, expressive and deep and full and generous. El Marciano Garnacha, natural, rustic, fruity, no added sulphur, Spanish Grenache. Like all his wines, it’s slightly rustic, but very fruity, lively and a fun bottle of authentic Garnacha.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Alfredo Maestro
Country Spain
Region Ribera del Duero, Spain
Vintage 2020
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Grenache
Terroir River stones over clay soils at 1,000 meters altitude.
Alcohol 15% abv
Maturation 30% whole cluster, fermented with wild yeasts in vat, and matured for 4 months in used French oak.
Total Sulphur Below 50mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Best drunk young but will age well over 3 - 5 years
Food Matching Charcuterie, Light Dishes and Salads, Poultry

Alfredo Maestro Tejero’s vineyards are located within the Ribera del Duero D.

O., but Alfredo prefers not to participate in the D.O., so the wines are Vino de la Tierra de Castillo y León. His are completely natural wines, with no sulphur added in the vineyard or the winery. All vineyard treatments are natural, and many of them follow biodynamic practices. The Castrillo de Duero is 100% Tempranillo. Fermented in small stainless steel vats, and aged for 16 months in old French oak barrels. A rich Tempranillo that maintains its vibrancy, with great structure. The Almate is darkly coloured, opaque and mouth filling with lavender and toffee notes that stay from nose to finish while only tiny bit of reduction, maybe because of the low sulphur, shows on the nose, but quickly disappears to allow a sweet nose of roses, mineral and red berry fruits which lead to a dense palate of plum, cherry and berry compote.

4.5

4.5

Based on 4 reviews

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  1. Catriona

    5.0

    I really love this wine, I mean REALLY love it. They produce about 5000 bottles a year and I feel like I managed to glug my way through about 20% of that and still want more. The 2017 had a wonderful sizzle on the tongue, giving a mildly acidic complexity, finer than champagne bubbles, in fact barely there, but more like a toned down version of touching your tongue to a 9 volt battery when you were a kid. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a negative observation nor merely a set up for a shocking joke around polarity, but an interesting characteristic of a natural wine which has done its own thing until bottling time. The 2018, isn’t like this. I’ve confirmed by drinking three bottles and my immediate thought was that they weren’t so great. It’s because of difference and expectations; I say “not so great” but it’s still amazing, just not what it was. As a natural wine, something my partner and I adore for their character and complexity, there isn’t the control to maintain something standardised, which is what makes it interesting. I’d never have considered myself to be the sort of person who would discuss particular vintages of a wine, but now I can get the finer points, something not noticeable with the larger, almost factory control by other producers. It’s quite a high alcohol content, but considering that and the depth of colour, I find the taste velvety and smooth, with acidic hints, wonderfully lacking in the overwhelming, musty, barrel like way of many wines of comparable strength, where the barrel often seems to be the main source of flavour. This makes it wonderfully easy to drink, and chatting with a friend of a friend on social media, it seems we aren’t the only people to think so; the “Alien Sex Wine” also went down a storm throughout Glasgow last year, as our acquaintance noted it as his establishment’s best seller. This is an outrageously good wine and I really hope the 5000 barrels from 2018 will be enough.

  2. Mr Richard

    5.0

    A wine that is full of fruitiness on the first note and then moves into oak notes after. Let it breathe whilst you cook and you will be smiling till you sleep.

  3. Nigel Rogers

    5.0

    I really love this wine, I mean REALLY love it. They produce about 5000 bottles a year and I feel like I managed to glug my way through about 20% of that and still want more. The 2017 had a wonderful sizzle on the tongue, giving a mildly acidic complexity, finer than champagne bubbles, in fact barely there, but more like a toned down version of touching your tongue to a 9 volt battery when you were a kid. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a negative observation nor merely a set up for a shocking joke around polarity, but an interesting characteristic of a natural wine which has done its own thing until bottling time. The 2018, isn’t like this. I’ve confirmed by drinking three bottles and my immediate thought was that they weren’t so great. It’s because of difference and expectations; I say “not so great” but it’s still amazing, just not what it was. As a natural wine, something my partner and I adore for their character and complexity, there isn’t the control to maintain something standardised, which is what makes it interesting. I’d never have considered myself to be the sort of person who would discuss particular vintages of a wine, but now I can get the finer points, something not noticeable with the larger, almost factory control by other producers. It’s quite a high alcohol content, but considering that and the depth of colour, I find the taste velvety and smooth, with acidic hints, wonderfully lacking in the overwhelming, musty, barrel like way of many wines of comparable strength, where the barrel often seems to be the main source of flavour. This makes it wonderfully easy to drink, and chatting with a friend of a friend on social media, it seems we aren’t the only people to think so; the “Alien Sex Wine” also went down a storm throughout Glasgow last year, as our acquaintance noted it as his establishment’s best seller. This is an outrageously good wine and I really hope the 5000 barrels from 2018 will be enough.

  4. Lynn

    3.0

    Looks like Nigel Rogers and Catriona have the exact same review?!? I had this, the 2018, last night. While it has a lovely nose, the wine was so acidic we could barely drink it. I mean massive acidic structure combined with fine grained tannins. It was not flawed by any means, and very fresh, just too acidic for my liking upon opening. A bite of a roasted tomato tart helped a little but not enough thus I set it aside to try after being open a night. I’ve had many natural wines and enjoy their differences.

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