Steven Spurrier's top wines to put in the cellar

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Steven Spurrier to the cellar 2013, San Roman

The wines of Mariano Garcia

Mariano Garcia is a name to conjure with in the DOs of Ribera del Duero and Toro. Born at Vega Sicilia, he worked for the estate as technical director then general manager from 1968 to 1998. He established Bodegas Mauro in Tudela de Duero in 1980, just outside the Ribera DO, and his son Eduardo joined him in 2001. Later he put together Bodegas San Román in nearby Toro, where his other son Alberto has joined Eduardo. Finally, he helped set up Bodegas Aalto in 2000. From Bodegas Mauro, a VS (Vendimia Seleccionada) wine is made from 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), matured for 33 months in French and American oak. The 2008 (£190) is dense with a young purple rim, with black cherries, a rich Pomerol-like depth and a future from 2013–2025. The San Román 2009 (£100) shows deep, spicy and earthy fruit, the tannins still a bit grippy, but clarity will show from 2014– 2025. The Aalto 2010 (£120) is deep and young with a marvellous red/black fruits nose, terrific energy and vineyard depth, purity and Latour-like structure on the palate; it will be superb from 2015–2025. Prices per case of six, in bond, from City Wine Collection

Taken from the July 2013 issue of Decanter magazine