Mazanos: 1987, 1981, 1978, 1970, and 1949!

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Hi everyone –

This is a short, to the point, and extremely limited offer.

It will sell out quickly, and I apologize to those that miss out. We hope to get more in the future and you’ll be the first to know.

We’re offering perfect provenance Rioja going back 30-75 years.

You read that right.

What’s going on here?

The Rioja house of Manzanos has been established in Rioja since 1864. They were the first winery established in Haro. They own or control over 2400 acres in Rioja. Manzanos is a big deal.

Typical of many of the family-owned and long-established houses, they have a huge library of wines in their cellars.

The next generation has taken the reins at Manzanos and have decided to tap into the stash and offer it to the public.

This is not unheard of, but it is extremely rare. And it’s even more rare to have the wines come to America in an offer like this.

1949? Are you kidding me? Why does the bottle look so good? How do I know if it’s going to be drinkable?

This is the best part.

Manzanos took the time to open EVERY bottle in the offer to check for quality. About one third of the wines didn’t make it, and were poured down the drain. The good bottles were immediately blended together, cold stabilized under argon to avoid oxidation, re-bottled, re-corked, and re-labeled.

All of this was done under the watchful eye of the Spanish government and Rioja control board. The wines that were opened were registered decades ago, and there was a paper trail proving the wines never left the estate. As the quality tests were being done, the government was there watching the whole thing to ensure integrity.

How much is available?

Very, very, very little I’m afraid to say.

I’m purchasing a bit myself to have a future wine class with, so if you miss out on buying a bottle or two there will be future opportunity to taste them.

(Note the 1982 that is in the photo is already spoken for. We only got two of bottles of that wine.)

Think about special occasions or important years!

If you had anything important occur in your life in 1987, 1981, 1978, 1970, or 1949, this is an investment that you won’t regret. Think about anniversaries, births, graduations, reunions, and more.

And, of course, if you’re like me and simply dig on having older wines in the collection, jump on a bottle or two (or more).

Just to make sure of things, we popped a 1949.

We couldn’t help it.

We’re not going to sell wines like this without a little quality check. Plus, why not? Wine is for drinking and enjoying.

Chuck pulled the cork and poured the glasses. And what we saw and smelled was magical.

Note the new cork. As mentioned, all wine was quality checked and stabilized before re-blending and re-bottling. This is as good as it gets.

The color was far more intact than we expected. The aromas were PACKED with wild strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. But the underlying aromas of age were all there: antique shop, old books, worn leather, and mushrooms. The earthiness was surreal.

After ten or fifteen minutes it evolved further, releasing even more complexity.

And, truth be told, it stayed that way for about an hour before slowing down and losing momentum.

For any of these vintages, it’s essential to open them and serve them. Don’t let it sit in a decanter for hours! The bottle we opened threw a small bit of sediment but decanting wasn’t even necessary — it seems they held much of the solids back during the re-bottling.

There may be more on the horizon!

We’ve got our feelers out for more bottles of aged Manzanos, and we’re tracking their inventory both in Spain and stateside. We hope to have another offer put together for you in the upcoming months. If the vintage you are seeking out is sold out, go to this form and let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Final thoughts and buying advice

These wines are not cheap, but they are far more affordable than you may expect for ancient wines with perfect provenance.

First come, first served. We have a total of 56 bottles to sell.


Jason Kallsen
Sommelier and founder/owner of Twin Cities Wine Education

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