10/23/2012

Régoa 2008

Producer: Régoa CB
Wine Name: Régoa
Type: Red
Wine Region/ Appellation: Ribeira Sacra
Vintage: 2008
Grape varieties: 90% Mencía 10% Alvarello (Brancellao)
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Guide Price: 15 €


Our Rating: +++++^ (5+)



About the area

See previous post about Ribeira Sacra in here.

About the wine

José María Prieto- vigneron in Régoa C.B.- gets the most out of its vineyards exceptional conditions in the heart of Amandi area. Eleven hectares of terraced crops on a southfacing 80% slope meet River Sil at its bottom.

These conditions, together with soil quality (well drained, chalky and sandy) and suitable climate make up the necessary "terroir" that develops a splendid wine.

Grapes are harvested according to its phenolic maturation. Then they are fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged for 12 months in a 5000 Litre 3-year-old French oak cask.

Tasting

Deep red hue with a purple-blue rim.

Shy nose at first. Best left open for at least 30 minutes before drinking.

Blackberry, cinnamon, lead, and fennel scents. Growing honey scent at last. 

Remarkable balance on the palate combining power, warmth and freshness. Go od acidity, astringent and young tannins. A wine showcasing fruit and spice aromas. A crunchy wine due to its fresh vintage. Will improve over the next five years.

Great pairing with rice & rabbit, meat pie or grilled steak.

10/09/2012

Gran Clot dels Oms Blanc 2010

Producer: Finca Ca n’Estella
Wine Name: Gran Clot dels Oms White
Type: White
Wine Region/ Appellation Penedès
Vintage: 2010
Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Guide Price: 15 €

Our Rating: +++++ (5)




About the area

Penedès  is an area located in Catalonia (north-east Spain) and includes all Penedès region and municipalities of four other counties: Anoia, Alt Camp, Baix Llobregat and Tarragonès.

The wine-growing region is divided into three main subzones: Alt Penedès (low yield and high quality), Baix Penedès and Penedès Central.

The region has a highly varied geology characterised by very poor-quality, well-drained soils of mostly Miocene sediments, both continental and maritime, with occasional quaternary deposits. The sandy, clay-like soil is poor in organic matter and rocky in the main.

Extending from the low-lying plains of the Baix Penedès to the more temperate peaks of the Alt Penedès, the region is suited to growing an unusually wide range of grape varieties. The more typical Spanish black grapes (Garnacha,Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cariñena, among others) are found in the hot and humid coastal plains, as the land rises whites become increasingly common.
On this higher inland terrain Spanish Xarel·lo and Macabeo grapes form the overwhelming majority, but Penedès growers have long experimented with small plantations of French and German strains. Growers have more recently introduced notable quantities of Muscat, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay largely to diversify the range of grapes available for blending, which plays such an important role in cava production. The Alt Penedès has vineyards which rank amongst the highest in Europe at up to 800 m above sea level, where the native Parellada is the dominant variety.

About the wine

The wine was made only from the chardonnay grape variety, grown on the Chacó vineyard.

Once harvested, grapes were destemmed and then gently pressed. The must was left to separate for 24 hours at 15ºC. Once the solid particles were removed, leaving a clean must, it was placed in oak barrels, where it was left to ferment for a period of four months in contact with lees.

Finca Ca n’Estella produce 4.600 bottles of this cuvee.

Tasting

Light yellow and golden reflections. Enticing nose of ripe citrus fruits (lime), bitter almond, fennel, vanilla-infused, toasted oak.

Remarkably full palate with a refined texture supported by lingering freshness. Salty and mineral. Butter and fennel again. Persistent. A very compelling wine.

Will be a great pairing  with duck, or with strong rice dishes such as “arroz negro” (black paella).

10/02/2012

Lusco 2010


Producer: Pazos de Lusco
Wine Name: Lusco
Type: White
Wine Region/ Appellation Rías Baixas
Vintage: 2010
Grape varieties: 100% Albariño
Alcohol: 13%
Guide Price: 15 €


Our rating: ++++ (4)



About the area

Pazos de Lusco wines come from the Condado de Tea area.

See previous post about Rias Baixas

About the wine

Most of the vines were planted around the Pazo Piñeiro in the 1970s, although the property's first single estate wine was only made in 1996, when the exceptional terroir in there was fully identified.

The property has yields of 4,500 Kg per hectare. Granite deep soils, with a light acidity and excellent drainage.

Grapes are taken to the winery and selected bunch by bunch on a sorting table. After a short maceration, comes a light crush. Fermentation at controlled temperatures takes place in stainless steel tanks. Ageing takes place on its lees for six months. Then follows cold stabilization and pour off.

Tasting

Light yellow and green reflections. Refined nose, blending notes of green apple and ripe citrus fruits, mild spices and flowers. Fresh on the palate, vibrant. Fruit is focused and crunchy. Closes with elegant bitterness.

An honest albariño that will be perfect companion for tuna or white meat with creamy sauce.