Upon its release the Mustiguillo Mestis 2009 enthused many wine aficionados, rapidly earning praise for being a great choice at the price. Now, at around $12, this is one you may want to get by the case. It’s a remarkable value.
Mustiguillo is unique in its quest to “rescue” the indigenous Bobal variety, a grape known primarily for rose production, but when handled carefully it can produce reds of remarkable quality such as those from Bodegas Mustiguillo.
This wine is 50% Bobal, 30% Tempranillo plus a mix of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The fruit is sourced from the Terrerazo vineyard which lies at 800 meters on soils of dolomite limestone with a sandy texture. It was aged for ten months in French oak.
Tasting Notes: After one hour of air the wine becomes integrated and starts to flesh out. There’s a notes of buttery to the blue fruited nose. In the mouth there are ample gritty red fruit and blue fruit mixed with spice in this savory wine. It continues to put on complexity as it is drunk.
90 Points – Wine & Spirits:
This wine’s radiant red fruit and vibrant acidity completely hide its weight and heat. Based on bobal with tempranillo, syrah, cabernet and merlot, the blend shows tension in its ripeness and power. Decant it for lamb chops.
89 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2009 Mestis is made up of 50% Bobal, 30% Tempranillo, with the balance Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged for 10 months in French oak. It sports a distinctive nose of blue fruits, brier, underbrush, and smoke leading to a ripe, lively, savory offering with surprising complexity for its modest price. This outstanding value is likely to evolve for 1-2 years although there is no need to defer gratification. Bodegas Mustiguillo is located in the Valencia region and has been a champion of the indigenous Bobal variety.
88 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Glass-staining ruby. Opens slowly to display aromas and flavors of dark berries and bitter chocolate, with a touch of cracked pepper. Big, chewy and dense, finishing with notes of plum and spices. This reminded me a lot of a petite sirah.