Pazo de Señorans Selección de Añada 2005

Winery: Pazo de Señorans
Product: Selección de Añada
Type: White
Area: Rías Baixas (Galicia)
Vintage: 2005
Grape varieties: 100% Albariño
Alcoholic level: 13º
Price: 50 USD 

Our rating: ++++++ (6) 

About the area:

The term Rías Baixas refers to the lower estuaries – deep, wide inlets of water encroaching many miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Like the rest of Spain, however, the region also receives ample sunshine – over 2,200 hours per year
Rías Baixas is comprised of five different sub-areas with varying terroir.
Val do Salnés: Located along the Atlantic coast, the oldest and largest subzone with the most area under vine is also the coolest and wettest, with an average temperature of 55°F. Soils are granite and slate.
Condado do Tea: The second largest subzone and the most inland.
O Rosal: On the border of Portugal, wines from this subzone often blend Albariño with the Loureiro and Treixadura grapes. Vineyards with granite bedrock and alluvial topsoil are terraced along the Miño River vineyards.
Ribeira do Ulla and Soutomaior.
The regulatory Council (Consejo Regulador) of the Rias Baixas DO currently authorises twelve different grape varieties, though Albariño represents over 90% of all vines planted.

It is believed that the Albariño grape was introduced to the area in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks of the Monastery of Armenteira.
While the different sub-zones express subtle differences, the wines all share a number of characteristics. In general pale golden lemon, they are all crisp, elegant and fresh.
The wines have good natural acidity, mineral overtones.

About the wine:

Grapes are selected from a vineyard (Val do Salnés) with sandy soil that is located in the higher part of the estate; the site enables the fruit to reach excellent ripeness levels. Following alcoholic fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees in stainless steel tanks for at least 30 months, once is bottled, they age the wine for 12 months more.


Bright yellow with golden reflections. Complex in nose, with candied citrus fruits, pineapple, sea and salt, nutmeg and matches bouquet at the bottom. Excellent.
Fresh in mouth, with great volume and high acidity, nerve. Good balance but too young. Crispy, slightly sticky. Tight. Persistent citric and vegetable aromas.

A bodied and strong white that will combine beautifully with pork or lamb meat, with a moussaka or with a gorgonzola dolce.

In a couple of years this wine will be superb.


La Movida "Laderas" 2010

Winery: Maldivinas
Product: La Movida "Laderas"
Type: Red
Area: Cebreros (V.T. Castilla y Leon)
Vintage: 2010
Grape varieties: 100% Garnacha (Grenache)
Alcoholic level: 14,5º
Price: 30-35 USD

Our rating: +++++

About the area: 
Cebreros is a small Village in the southern part of the Castilla and Leon region, Its peculiarity lies in the mixture of slate and granite in its old grenache vineyards, and with San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Méntrida and the Alberche river, make up what I consider "the spanish Rhone Valley", with Cornas, Hermitage and Saint Joseph as a reference.
The town has an established vine-growing tradition, although 70% of its vineyards have disappeared in recent years. The large amount of horses and mules, still used for ploughing and transport, registered in the village is proof of this. Even today the growers still ride their animals out into the fields each day.

About the wine:
Vineyards are located in an area known as "La Movida", in the road from Cebreros to Avila, and with more than 60 years old, cultivated in hillside, with a slope up to 35%, living in harmony with fennel, rosemary, lavender...

The difficulty of the plot avoids the use of mechanical means. All works are done in a traditional way. Prune, dig and harvesting are hand made, and plough with mule. Ploughing and fspraying treatment are done with natural products.
After a first selection of grapes in the vineyard, they do a second one in the cellar in order to ensure that only the best grapes form part of wines. They proceed to step the grapes and afterwards make a cold  maceration for 4 or 5 days. Fermentation is controlled, avoiding temperature oscillations.
Once finished, wine is macerated (time depending on vintage), usually from 2 up to 4 weeks. Aging is done in french oak barrels, most of them of a secondary use. Normally between 12 and 15 months depending on taste.

Cherry shade. Firstly closed in nose, showing slowly touches of red fruits (blueberries), orange peel, black licorize, deep mineral notes of flint and lead. Wide and bodied in mouth, subtle at the same time, tannins like sand, heavy fruit and nice acidity, perhaps a little hot at the end, but its final bitterness goes over it, and make it a easy-to-drink wine. What I call a "thirsty wine" that will grow in a few years.
Perfect with spanish stew based in potatoes and chorizo or with Monte Enebro Cheese (Goat), will be also great with cassoulet, meat lasagne and, why not? with a delicious cheeseburger.

You can find it here


Montenovo 2011

Winery: Valdesil
Product: Montenovo
Type: White 
Area: D.O. Valdeorras (Galicia)
Vintage: 2011
Grape varieties: 100% Godello
Alcoholic level: 12,5º
Price: 10 USD

Our rating: +++++

About the area:

Valdeorras, very close to the Ribeira Sacra, is the easternmost wine region of Galicia, with wineyards on the banks of the river Sil in the southern part of the Ourense province. The climate is a mix of atlantic and continental with high rainfall, but warm summers. Godello, an indigenous grape for white wines, is the most important one in the area. They also produce reds, mainly with mencia. 

About the wine:

Produced with grapes from the youngest vineyards of the estate together with carefully selected grapes bought-in from local growers in several villages, such as Rubiá, A Rúa, Larouco, Petín and O Bolo. Valdesil performs the harvesting of all the bought-in grapes. The average age of the vines is 15 years.

Individualised vinification according to vineyard and similar soil-types. Harvesting by hand in small 20 kg crates, followed by immediate transfer to the winery. Sorting table. A short skin-contact maceration. Static settling of the juices and fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats. No malo-lactic fermentation. Fining, using agents of mineral origin. Cold stabilization and a light earth filtering. 


Clean and shiny light yellow. Very citric nose this year, with watermelon, olives and deep mineral. Fresh in mouth. Balanced. Nice acidity. Heavy fruit. Low alcoholic feeling. Dry and salty. Mineral and citric fruit come back. Medium lenght finish.

Will be great with scallops, fried sardines and vegetable tempura.


New in town

Hi there. 

This is our first post, and I think I should make a short presentation of this blog. 

My name is Mariano, and I'm a wine lover from Spain who wants to share a few glasses with you. We will talk about small projects, vignerons and their terroirs trough their wines, and the means to do that will be a simple tasting note, with a short explanation of the area, the varieties, the soil and the producer. 

Of course, all of this from Spain, keeping a close eye on France, where it all started. 

And that's all. As this blog will be built post by post, I hope you will help me to improve it, and together we can make a little free and open book about fine Spanish wines. 

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