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Miguel Arroyo Izquierdo, Mus Barrica, Old Vine Verdejo, Rueda 2018

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About the Wine:
An elegant complex Verdejo with aromas of stone fruit and flinty minerals. The lees contact through aging adds rich secondary flavors and textures to this profoundly structured wine.
About the Producer:
Miguel Arroyo Izquierdo is a family-run winery with roots established long before their debut 2010 vintage. Winemaker and vineyard manager Miguel is a fourth-generation grape grower who tends to parcels that have been producing Verdejo for more than 100 years. It has been with clippings from these original sites that the surrounding vineyards have grown and expanded. 
Their wine tradition dates back more than a century to when this typical Castilian family focused on agriculture and cattle raising; their wine production was utilitarian, being consumed mostly by the employees that worked their land or sold at local markets. The original winery housed a ground level press and a basement where wood barrels and clay amphoras carried out fermentation. Despite much of the regional wine production being abandoned as workers moved to surrounding cities during the Spanish industrial revolution in the 1950s, Miguel’s family continued to manage the original vineyards. 
Prior to the new winery being built in 2010, the bulk of the vineyard expansion occurred in the preceding decade. It was during this time of growth that Miguel began his journey as a winemaker, bringing his brand and family name to market for the first time at a commercial level.
Technical:
90% Verdejo and 10% Sauvignon Blanc
MUS Barrica is 100% barrel fermented and aged on lees for 11 months before bottling.
From the original blocks that comprise 20 acres of own-rooted bush vines that are more than 100 years old. Yields are naturally low at less than 2 tons per acre. The surface pebbles and clay subsoils help retain water and the vines regulate themselves naturally in a perfect balance of vegetation and yield. The pure continental climate results in little disease pressure, allowing for a minimal use of sulfur. Farming is organic in practice and utilizes natural fertilizers and ploughing, which promotes soil oxygenation and manages grass and undergrowth without the need for herbicides. 
PROCESS With most of the production focused on the same clonal material, fermentations are carefully differentiated and separated by parcel and their identifying characteristics. From mixed format stainless steel tanks to French oak barriques of all sizes for the older vines, the individual lot approach to fermentation allows for technique-specific winemaking block by block.