Wow! It’s cold inland from Valencia! I was there 11th Feb. having been invited to tour and taste at the famous and outstanding Bodega Mustiguillo, to the north of Utiel on the Teruel road. 3ºC plus wind chill – now that’s cold!
But it was certainly worth it! Bodegas Mustiguillo essentially has its own DO, Pago El Terrerazo, and it’s wines are excellent.
I tasted a superb white wine made with local grape variety Merseguera which under normal circumstances doesn’t have a lot of personality. However when grown at 900m above sea level and handled with loving care, including fermentation in oak and a little ageing on its lees – it can be spectacular. Guía Peñin rates it the best Mediterranean white wine you can find!
One of the two flagship wines Finca Terrerazo 2011 whilst drinking well now (it’s just been released onto the market), with power and elegance in equal measure, is a wine for the future too! 100% Bobal and one of those being considered in #TheGreatBobalTasteOff is top quality.
And the other top wine of the bodega, Quincha Corral 2011, in some ways is the same – but more so! Intense fruit from very old vines, more weight and body and yet maintaining a pleasing elegance. It’s structured, concentrated, deeply flavoured with excellent ripe fruit and a savoury character. Another one for the cellar, and will last easily ten years!
Surely medal winners at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2014!
More to come about this excellent bodega in the Costa News’ four titles and at www.costa-news.com click Cork Talk.