Bodegas Calar

Tempranillo Calar del Rio Mundo – 2015

Region: Spain - Castilla - La Mancha

Bodegas Calar

Finca Montanchuelos claims a viticultural tradition dating to the 13th century and the pivotal 1212 defeat of the Moors in nearby Navas de Tolosa at the hands of the Knights of Calatrava. Modern history at the estate began in the 20th century when Juan José Moreno, whose timber business frequently brought him to Finca Montanchuelos, began to dream of producing great and distinctive wines from its unique terroir. The project is being brought to fruition by Juan José’s daughter Sagrario and grandson Manuel Rivas Moreno. Winemaking is directed by José Carlos García Vega, known for his outstanding wines in Ribera del Duero. The 100% Tempranillo vineyard consists of gentle north facing slopes extending over 50 acres at elevations between 650 and 700 meters. It is located in the Calatrava volcanic zone, defined by an eroded Pleistocene-era caldera. Soils are abundant in volcanic elements such as basalt, and unique among Iberian Peninsula wine regions.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The La Umbría plot, estate vineyard at the southern extreme of La Mancha in the volcanic subregion of Calatrava, at the foot of a quartzite serrata.

  • Altitude: 700 meters
  • Exposure: North
  • Soils: Steep, rocky slopes of red and black volcanic and sandy loam
  • Vine Age: average 20 years
  • Yield: 2 kg/vine
  • Sustainably farmed
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks
  • Malolacic fermentation in 100% new French oak barrels
  • Aged 12 months in new French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Named for the source of the  Mundo river. Intensely colored. Deeply aromatic of black fruits, spice and a mineral/lead pencil tang. A ripe, rich and yet racy palate with full, polished tannins on the persistent finish.

Wine Summary

100% Tempranillo; alcohol: 15%; La Umbría plot estate vineyard in southern extreme of La Mancha in the volcanic subregion of Calatrava, at the foot of a quartzite serrata; steep, rocky volcanic and loamy slopes at 700 meters; low yields; hand harvested; fermented in stainless steel; malolactic fermentation in 100% new French oak barrels; aged 12 months in new French oak.

Technical Information
  • 100% Tempranillo
  • Alcohol: 15%


91 Points

Black cherry and currant flavors mingle with smoky and loamy earth notes in this polished red. Well-integrated tannins balance firm acidity, giving way to floral and espresso details on the finish. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2025.

Wine Spectator, November, 2018

General Info

PROPRIETORS The Moreno Family
WINEMAKER Marta Ramas and Miguel Fisac