Maro was made at Bodegas Anadas but blended and put together by Moflo Wines and Spaniche Wines with the aim of promoting Carinena the region, Maro Carinena Tinto is one of the first wines to bear that name. The picture on the label is a cartoon expression of the village of Carignan. Located in the Province of Zaragoza, Spain, the Carinena designation of origin was established in 1932, not that long after Rioja 1925 and is the oldest DO in Aragón. Carinena is actually Spanish for Carignan and is home to some very old vines.
The vineyard set up is a mix of modern and traditional trellising systems with a few splatterings of bush vines. Four vineyards make up the estate with varying soils, aspects and altitudes. The lowest vineyard is 400 metres above sea level and the highest vineyards hits 910 metres. The soil types vary in form with loam, sandy loam, gravel and slate.
Cariñena is classed as a continental climate where the diurnal range allows for ripeness and purity of fruit while retaining natural acidity. The region grows mainly Garnacha and Tempranillo and some old vine Carignan dating back to 1948. Maro Carinena Tinto 2018 is a blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Tempranillo. The Garnacha is 100% carbonic maceration and the Tempranillo is fermented in 100% in stainless steel. The grapes are estate grown and bottled at origin at Bodegas Anadas, Carinena.
The Maro Carinena Tinto nose is highly aromatic with ripe, pure blackcurrant and blackberries. The palate is super juicy with the same black clustered fruit and a lick of floral tones. Smooth and elegant tannin, medium-bodied and well integrated. The finish is semi scented with fruit and a touch of spice. All in all totally smashable. Serve at cellar temperature, around 18 degrees for full enjoyment.
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