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Arizcuren Solomazuelo 2018

Arizcuren Solomazuelo



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%
Production4,000 - 4,500 bottles

The wine

Making a first wine based exclusively on grapes of the Mazuelo variety in Rioja speaks of courage and respect for tradition. Javier Arizcuren, its creator, comes from a family of winegrowers in the Rioja Oriental, although his profession is that of an architect. His own genes and permanent contact with winery architectural projects led him, after studying viticulture and oenology, to produce, back in 2009, a small amount of wine on the ground floor of his family residence.

In 2011 he took the reins of the family farm and decided to bet firmly on one of the historic varieties of Rioja: the mazuelo. Said grape, despite its enormous virtues (acidity, color, tannins, etc.) is rarely exclusively vinified in the region, as it is much easier to use it to round up blends. Javier, however, opted to show it in its essence, under the baton of wild yeasts and with the respectful contribution of large-volume barrels, creating a wine with which very few can compare.

Freshness and depth in a glass that is dressed in cherry and adorned with black plums and cherries, while it is perfumed with suggestive aromas of laurel and stones. On the palate it lets you feel the tannins and lively acidity of the variety, but a center of ripe fruit serves as a cushion for such sensations. Very well integrated wood that is felt especially in the roasted tones of its finish and in the elegant dryness that remains after the last sip. It is preserved in an extraordinary state of shape despite its vintage and still promises several years of excellence. Cloves, cocoa and black currants have just chiseled a nose of enviable complexity that is, in itself, a tribute to the historic Riojan grapes.

What does this wine taste like?

Purplish red / Semi-opaque
Red fruit / Floral notes / Bay / Earthy notes
Elegant / Fleshy / Fresh / Silky

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Red meat
Cured cheeses

Game terrine / Duck with red fruits / Cured cheeses

Ratings and awards

201892 PK
201793 PK92 DC
201691 PK
201592 PK
201491 PK
201391 PK
PK: ParkerDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

There are some notes of leather, licorice and scorched earth in the 2018 Solomazuelo, a varietal bottling of Cariñena/Mazuelo grapes from the Monte Yerga in the village of Alfaro. The wine matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and a further year in concrete to avoid filtering or fining. It's 14% alcohol and has some rusticity and abundant dusty tannins. 4,500 bottles were filled in August 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

2 reviews


Vinification materialConcrete
Ageing period24 months
Type of woodFrench oak


La Cantera / El Arenal

Vine age40 years
SoilClay sand / Pebbles
YieldsLow yields
Surface area1.00 hectares
Altitude550.00 meters

The winery

Arizcuren Bodega y Viñedos

Arizcuren Bodega y Viñedos

Javier Arizcuren comes from a family background of winemaking in the Rioja Oriental town of Quel. He is a professional architect whose projects include the Marqués de Terán and Finca Los Arandinos wineries and, recently, the restoration of the huge underground sixteenth-century cellars and nineteenth-century buildings of the Conde de los Andes winery in Ollauri. After studying wine growing and oenology at the University of La Rioja and travelling to different Spanish and...


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