The 2009 Macan Rioja was a high quality vintage like the 2008, but has a lighter body and more finesse with exotic spice and strawberry flavors. Lovely wine!
Benjamin de Rothschild and Pablo Alvarez had been friends for many years and decided to work together on a project in Rioja. Since, Javier Ausas, the winemaker at Vega Sicilia, has been perfecting the blend from the 40 parcel of 30-40 year old Tempranillo vineyards.
Stylistically, Alvarez says the wines fall somewhere between an elegant, light Rioja and a riper modern example. Alvarez says: “We feel that the old wines need to evolve and the modern wines are too international and don’t really represent a great region like Rioja. We are very excited about the quality of these wines; Rioja is the most important region in Spain and we just want to add our grain of sand to a place this special.” -The Wine Enthusiast