2003 Abadia Retuerta Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León Rívola – Spain, Castilla y León, Sardon de Duero, Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León (6/20/2006)60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 months in barrelDark ruby color that has a beautiful consistency reminding me of both a texture and […]
N.V. Brianda de Aragón Cava Brut Nature Reserva – Spain, Aragón, Cava (5/20/2006)Light greenish yellow tinge with small vibrant bubbles. Austere nose with a grassy metallic aroma which could be interpreted as minerally. Light honey flavor with strong overtones of slate and white flowers. I personally don’t find this wine […]
N.V. Albet i Noya Cava Barrica 21 Brut Reserva – Spain, Catalunya, Cava (6/30/2006)78% Chardonnay and 22% Parellada – Organic Wine Light yellow/green hay color. Strong yeast and caramel aroma on the nose with a nuttiness that creeps up near the end. The palate is extremely tart to me with […]
2005 Adega Alan Valdeorras Alan de Val – Spain, Galicia, Valdeorras (6/30/2006)Translucent white golden color, almost shimmering the way armor does in bright light. The bouquet is just that – a bouquet of orchids or white flowers that shows a touch of melon and hay. Texture is incredibly smooth and […]
2004 Altavins Terra Alta Ilercavonia – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Terra Alta (6/30/2006)Brass color with a slight twinkle to it. The nose has a strong cantaloupe aroma to it with hints of mushroom, dark raspberries and fresh cut grass. Incredibly sensuous and silky in the mouth with medium acidity and a […]
2003 Paixar Bierzo – Spain, Castilla y León, Dragonte, Bierzo (6/30/2006)Dark bloody red color with aromas of dark wood, grilled steak, green pepper and cassis. Forceful tannins with medium acidity. Flavors of charcoal and cassis on the palate. Well-balanced wine that went deliciously with a reduced blackberry salsa.
After several requests to learn more about the Mencia grape and wines available in both the U.S. and UK, we have brought you a Bodega in DO Bierzo, Castilla y León that has been producing two 100% Mencia old vine wines. We promise to post tasting notes as soon as we have a chance to try their wines!
Palomino Fino is a white grape most famous for its use in making sherry. Known in South Africa as Fransdruif and White French or Listan in France, it can also be found in Australia and California. Named after Fernan Yanez Palomonio, one of King Alfonso X`s knights, Palomino is a […]
The last few weeks, I have had the great fortune of spending some time in Cataluna enjoying brilliant yellow sunflower fields and the still brisk salty Mediterranean water. In short, I had absolutely no complaints. However, being that I was traipsing around the area drinking several bottles from DO Penedès, I wanted to do a bit of research as to the region itself.
If everyone remembers, not 3 weeks ago, we wrote an [article->http://catavino.net/archives/354/2006/05/09/] to inform you of the second annual international competition of Tempranillo wines on May 24th-26th in Koln, Germany. And for those of you who have been biting your lips in eager anticipation, the grand prize winner is [Pago de […]