The Mar?n family owns the most important privately held Bodega in Cari?ena, Spain. It is among the top 10 family wineries in Spain. Their roots go all the way back to 1903, the year in which Ignacio Mar?n founded the winery in his village of Encinacorba at the southern extreme wine district of Cari?ena. In this small village he built the first of three wineries, all of which are still in use.
This original winery issued for storage of finished wines that are held in the concrete vats that are ideal for long term storage due to their thermal stability. These include: barrels, special tanks, which are built into the ground for maximum thermal stability, and large deposits of older wines up to 25 years old.
In 1939, he built the second winery in the "City" of Cari?ena, a small town with population of 4,000. This small town was declared a "City" by King Alfonso XIII of Spain because of its importance in the early wine industry.
It was originally founded by the Romans in the third century BC. Evidence of vine grown here can be traced back to its Roman origins. In fact the grape presses used up to the 1600s were essentially the same as the Roman design. This second Cari?ena winery is now the main aging and bottling facility.
Using only noble varieties like Tempranillo and Garnacha, Marin has built a base of excellent wines with a perfect production to quality ratio. To achieve this, integral ecological methods of agriculture are applied, such as the use of pheromones to control insects instead of using insecticides, out of respect for nature, and to the benefit of healthy grapes.
Each varietal is planted according to the type of soil determined by soil analysis and microclimate. The vines are oriented so that the wind blows between the rows providing maximum air circulation.
This is an incredibly powerful and imposing wine for its age and price. Brooding hints of blackberry expanded with licorice and earth flavors, and would match a duck confit leg beautifully.