La Zorra Tinto 2017
Region: Mogarraz, DO Sierra Salamanca (Castilla y León)
The Maíllo family is from Mogarraz, within the lush Sierra de Francia in Salamanca, Castilla y León. Although the DO "Sierra de Salamanca" is young, wine was made there more than 2000 years ago. There are pre-Roman cave presses on the slopes of San Esteban. Traditionally, each home in Mogarraz had a winery with "lagareta" and chestnut vats, producing wine only for family consumption.
La Zorra (The Fox in Spanish) focuses on the cultivation of Rufete, a a native Spanish grape typified by red and spicy fruit, soft tannins, and rustic finesse. Its pairing, Aragonese, is an expression of Tempranillo adapted to the peculiar characteristics of the Sierra de Francia mountain range. Cooler and rainier than much of Spain's lowlands, Rufete's berry clusters mimic those found in many hybrid grapes, with greater spacing between berries and thicker skin. These unique adaptations help them to resist the disease pressures posed by additional moisture.
La Zorra Tinto is harvested from 60 year-old Rufete and Aragonese (a regional clone of Tempranillo) vines. The grapes are gently pressed and allowed to spontaneously inoculate with native wild yeasts. At approximately 50% each Rufute and Aragonese, this is truly an echo of early Spanish winemaking.