Fernando ‘Fer’ Garcia is a rock star when it comes to wine making.  Everything I have tried from this exceptional producer, Bodegas Marañones, has been amazing.  The white wine was the first one to grab me, and you can see what I had to say about that here, but needless to say it has been my go to white all summer.  And I had popped into D.O.C. Wine Shop to poke around and saw a bottle of Bodegas Marañones and grabbed it thinking it was a white, but when I got home I discovered it was actually a red.  This is what is known as a happy accident I guess, because the red was stellar.

Bodegas Marañones may be my single biggest discovery to date.  There is not much out there on the “interweb” about Bodegas Marañones, their landing page is still under construction.  But Jancis Robinson has had some very kind words about their white wine if that means anything to you, and it should.  Since first tasting the wines at Chambers Street I knew that this producer was something special.  They have not been around long but are producing both amazing whites and reds with great intention.

This wine makes me think of this:  that a lot of supposed great wines start great and fade, whereas a few singular wines start quietly and gain character.  The Bodegas Maranoñones certainly fits the later.  The “Trienta Mil Maravedíes” bottling is very changeable, building slowly, becoming more layered and delicious as it opens with air.  Bodegas Marañones, and Fernando ‘Fer’ Garcia, are ones to watch, they are going places very quickly.

Here are some words from their U.K. importer.  Like I said, there is not much info out there on these wines, but by god, there should be:

“Bodega Marañones is located in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, a sub-region of the Vinos de Madrid DO. Young winemaker Fernando ‘Fer’ Garcia is one of the stable of natural wine fanatics who has been heavily influenced by the biodynamic wines of the Loire and Burgundy. He is also good friends with Dani Jimenez Landi and part of the ‘Chicos del Terruar’ group of like-minded ‘Terroiristas’. It is no great surprise then that his old vine Garnacha, Syrah and Albillo wines have a balanced freshness and sense of place. The vineyards are aged between 30-80 years old and are farmed organically across 5 different parcels. Whole bunch fermentation in open top barrels started off by natural yeasts influence the style of wine greatly and both wines are a pure expression of the variety and terroir. Undoubtedly one of Spain’s most talented up and coming winemakers.”

Bodegas Marañones 2008 “Treinta Mil Maravedíes” ~ $17.99-$21.99

Medium red garnet in color the “Trienta Mil Maravedíes” is one heck of a wine.  It starts with a great nose of fresh picked cherries, then adds layers of cracked pepper, fresh leather, rhubarb meets green pepper, with hints of mint, plum skin and minced fig.  The wine continues to develop becoming richer and more complex with a decided red and blue berry fruit confit character.  Reminds me a lot of elements that I like from both the Jura and Sicily.  Great stuff from a break out producer.  Available at D.O.C. Wine Shop and Chambers Street Wines.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – MUST TRY