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As much as we gripe that Wine Spectator isn’t the be all and end of wine reviews, you have to admit that we’d place ourselves a little too far on the fringe not to include you in on the news. Wine Spectator’s fortnightly bulletin, “Insider’, reviews wines which the magazine staff feel are worthy of mentioning from past tastings. In the September 19th issue, Thomas Mattews, their Spanish wine guru and executive editor, covered the wines from Ribera del Duero and Priorato which they found remarkable. Two “hot” wines were the “PS 2004′ from Bodegas Aalto and the “Gran Reserva 1996″ by Bodegas Balbas. The article goes to include 15 additional wines worthy of your attention, including 8 from DO Ribera del Duero and 7 under DO Priorato:

DO Ribera del Duero

Bodegas Balbas Reserva 2001
Malleolus de Valderramiro 2005 by Bodegas Emilio Moro
Selección 2004 Bodegas Torrederos
Único Gran Reserva 1996 by Vega Sicilia
Malleolus 2005 by Emilio Moro
Aalto 2004 Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz
Pago de los Capellanes Reserva 2002 Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz
Tomás Esteban 2001 by Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz

DO Priorato

Nit de Nin 2005 by Esther Nin
Laurel 2005 Daphne Glorian
Clos Erasmus 2005 by Daphne Glorian
Clos Cypres 2004 by Costers del Priorat
Les Eres Vinyes Velles 2004 by Joan Simó
Ardiles 2005 by Merum Priorati
Salmos 2005′ by Bodegas Torres


Annual Celebration of Guia Peñín’s Top Spanish Wines

For those of you unfamiliar with the Peñín Guide, it is considered the Spanish wine bible and written by the infamous Spanish wine critic, José Peñín. Annually, a large gala event is put together in celebration of those wines Peñín scored over 94 points. And like Emmys, several famed wine critics come from around the world to give a pizzaz and a sense of stardome to the event, almost like putting a little pixie dust around the room. For those of you interested in attending this year’s event on Thursday, October 10th, in Madrid, you’ll have the pleasure of not only tasting alongside Jancis Robinson, but also Jay Miller. Miller became a household name throughout Spain after he rated 5 Spanish wines over 90 points in the March issue of the Wine Advocated including: Contador 2004 from Benjamin Romeo, Viña el Pisón 2004 from Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi, Clos Erasmus 2004 from Clos Erasmus, Termanthia 2004 from Bodegas Numanthia Termes and Pingus 2004 from Bodegas Pingus.

2007 Harvest
We’ve been encountering some sketchy results on the 2007 Harvest. Between the cooler temperatures and perpetual rain throughout the harvest, many people are wondering about the quality this year’s vintage. Many wineries have chosen to prolong their harvest until now, in hopes of creating a more classic wine with more nuance and less power. On the other hand, there are those who wish to wipe out this year entirely, praying for a widely successful 2008 instead. While flipping through my RSS feeds this morning, I read an article on the Canadian wine harvest, said to be the best on record. The article led me to consider the subject of climate change and how this long and complex process cannot be measured in years, but rather in decades and centuries. But if we look over the past century and consider the drastic weather changes throughout the world, becoming more erratic and unpredictable, coupled with the new trend of buying up property to plant vines in England of all places, it appears that no matter what the politicians say, nature has another agenda in mind.

That’s it for now! But stay tuned for more an exciting week of Wine Blog Wednesday’s Portuguese Table Wine on October 10th!

Cheers,
Gabriella

  • RichardA

    As for the 2007 Harvest, I have now spoken to several wine producers in Ribera Del Deuro, Rioja and a Txacoli producer. All have basically stated production will be reduced this year by around 20%. The recent wines have not been kind to them and the summer was not the best. They ahve begun their harvest but are holding off on some of it due to the rains. They are still indecisive how everything will turn out, though they seem quite convinced production will be lower.

  • http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/ RichardA

    As for the 2007 Harvest, I have now spoken to several wine producers in Ribera Del Deuro, Rioja and a Txacoli producer. All have basically stated production will be reduced this year by around 20%. The recent wines have not been kind to them and the summer was not the best. They ahve begun their harvest but are holding off on some of it due to the rains. They are still indecisive how everything will turn out, though they seem quite convinced production will be lower.

  • Jill

    Hi guys. I noticed your post has been hijacked by a site: <a href="http://worldwine.freehostia.com/ “>http://worldwine.freehostia.com/ – do you know anything about this? Happy that the WS is finally giving Spain its due. I think they were unjustly giving the wines a hard time when Parker started going crazy for it. Now they've come to their senses.

  • Jill

    Hi guys. I noticed your post has been hijacked by a site: <a href="http://worldwine.freehostia.com/ “>http://worldwine.freehostia.com/ – do you know anything about this? Happy that the WS is finally giving Spain its due. I think they were unjustly giving the wines a hard time when Parker started going crazy for it. Now they've come to their senses.

  • Jill

    Hi guys. I noticed your post has been hijacked by a site: <a href="http://worldwine.freehostia.com/ “>http://worldwine.freehostia.com/ – do you know anything about this? Happy that the WS is finally giving Spain its due. I think they were unjustly giving the wines a hard time when Parker started going crazy for it. Now they've come to their senses.

  • http://domaine547.com Jill

    Hi guys. I noticed your post has been hijacked by a site: http://worldwine.freehostia.com/ — do you know anything about this?

    Happy that the WS is finally giving Spain its due. I think they were unjustly giving the wines a hard time when Parker started going crazy for it. Now they’ve come to their senses.

  • Steve

    I read about Jose Penin for the first time in a Jancis Robinson note on her site in the past week. Why is he "infamous"? Is the 2008 Guide available in English in the U.S. (Amazon only has 2007)? The link in you post to the Penin Guide is not working.

  • http://www.vinfolio.com Steve

    I read about Jose Penin for the first time in a Jancis Robinson note on her site in the past week. Why is he “infamous”? Is the 2008 Guide available in English in the U.S. (Amazon only has 2007)? The link in you post to the Penin Guide is not working.

  • RichardA

    I bought a copy of the Penin 2007 several months ago when it first came out in the US. I don't think the 2008 guide is yet available in the US.

  • http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/ RichardA

    I bought a copy of the Penin 2007 several months ago when it first came out in the US. I don’t think the 2008 guide is yet available in the US.

  • Gabriella

    Jill, Thanks for the FYI on the worldwine site. This isn't the first time they've stolen content, nor do I think it will be the last. We'll get on them again though. Steve, Penin is enormously popular here in Spain primarily because he is not only well respected for his wine critiques, but also because his guide is incredibly thorough, well laid out and a great resource for writers like us. Richard is absolutely correct in that the 2008 guide is not available in the US as of yet, but should be out early next year. As far as the link, unfortunately, it's a no go. Penin's website is called "Grupo Penin", and as far as I can tell, it doesn't appear to be working.

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    Jill,

    Thanks for the FYI on the worldwine site. This isn’t the first time they’ve stolen content, nor do I think it will be the last. We’ll get on them again though.

    Steve,

    Penin is enormously popular here in Spain primarily because he is not only well respected for his wine critiques, but also because his guide is incredibly thorough, well laid out and a great resource for writers like us. Richard is absolutely correct in that the 2008 guide is not available in the US as of yet, but should be out early next year. As far as the link, unfortunately, it’s a no go. Penin’s website is called “Grupo Penin”, and as far as I can tell, it doesn’t appear to be working.

  • RichardA

    I talk to a couple winemakers in Penedes yesterday and they both felt this would be a very good harvest for them, and that they would not lose any production.

  • David J Rodriguez

    It seems the moderating Mediterranean influence has been generally positive for the South of France &amp; most of the Italian peninsula ('mainland'?), with the exception of the Northeast– read Veneto &amp;/or Fruili had big haisltorms that wiped a lot of productiion out– also dumping loads of rain on Sicily, but not on Sardinia! Gabriella/Ryan, would love to hear more on what the latter season has wrought for the Levante– from Tarragona south to our shared favorite up'n'coming Alicante &amp; Murcia… (meanwhile, desperately seeking non-Douro Portugues here in Puerto Rico so I may join the WBW crowd &amp; be a more wine-consequent blogger– thought I'd be busy flying to Argentina by now but…had to delay departure for a couple weeks…)

  • http://vinomadic.blogspot.com David J Rodriguez

    It seems the moderating Mediterranean influence has been generally positive for the South of France & most of the Italian peninsula (‘mainland’?), with the exception of the Northeast– read Veneto &/or Fruili had big haisltorms that wiped a lot of productiion out– also dumping loads of rain on Sicily, but not on Sardinia!
    Gabriella/Ryan, would love to hear more on what the latter season has wrought for the Levante– from Tarragona south to our shared favorite up’n’coming Alicante & Murcia…
    (meanwhile, desperately seeking non-Douro Portugues here in Puerto Rico so I may join the WBW crowd & be a more wine-consequent blogger– thought I’d be busy flying to Argentina by now but…had to delay departure for a couple weeks…)