Last month, when I was in Alicante, I received a mixed case of wines from Bodega Salvador Poveda. Four bottles were from a series of wines called, Toscar. All monovarietals, they were created to demonstrate the region’s terroir as it relates to each varietals unique characteristics. Over the past two weeks, Gabriella and I have been slowly making our way through each bottle, discussing the pros and cons as we experienced them. Being that they came from 3 different vintages, it was hard to tell if the wine was better/different due to the varietal’s influence from the Alicante terroir or if the vintage was affecting the quality and style. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are both Crianzas, while the Monastrell and Syrah are Jovens. Personally, we both fell in love with the Cabernet. Rich and complex, the 2003 was a very ripe yea, allowing for the Cabernet fruit to fully mature. All of the others had their moments, meaning that the wines went from being fresh and alive shortly after opening and then fading to the opposite extreme. For example, it wasn’t until the very last sip when we both looked at each other in silent understanding that the Monastrell was just showing itself off.
Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to try a horizontal of these wines at some point to see how they stand up to each other on equal vintage footing. These wines are widely available and I do suggest seeking them out.
(love the nose)
Disclaimer – These wines were provided by Salvador Poveda as Samples.
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