I would be hard pressed to find a more agreeable wine producing region than Jumilla. Adventurous, avant garde wines being made with grapes less commonly found in Spain mixed with Spanish grapes such as Monastrell that has been making its comeback for years but that always seems to miss out on the glory. A red, very sweet grape, Monastrell makes deeply colored wines characterized by a high alcoholic content and often a cherry liqueur kind of undertone.
2001 Miguel Torres S.A. Cabernet Sauvignon Penedès Mas La Plana – Spain, Catalunya, Penedès (12/7/2006)Intense deep reddish purple in color. The nose is complex showing, chocolate, clove, green pepper, spices, and black currents. Rich int eh mouth but with fine tannins, and a finish that lingers for more that 30seconds. […]
1998 J. Miquel Jané Penedès Reserva – Spain, Catalunya, Penedès (11/12/2006)Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo – French and American Oak 12 monthsMaroonish with light bricking at the rim, only medium intense in color. Nose is complex with charcoal, chocolate, dark cherry though not obvious, white pepper and cloves. Minerally overall and […]
2005 J. Miquel Jané Penedès – Spain, Catalunya, Penedès (11/11/2006)100% Cabernet Sauvignon Gorgeous Ruby color, very clear. The nose shows a light vanilla/cherry nose with cassis liquor, rose petals and a touch of spice as it opens. Pretty fun to smell though the nose is the highlight. Fruit driven in […]
2003 J. Miquel Jané Penedès Semi-Crianza – Spain, Catalunya, Penedès (11/11/2006)3 months in oak, Merlot 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%The merlot shows through on the nose bright and clear wtih plum, cherry and light clove notes. Soft and supple in the mouth with silky tannins and fine finish. Miclk chocolate coems […]
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 […]
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.
2002 Bodegas Fontana La Mancha Fontal Crianza – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha (5/16/2006)85% tempranillo 15% cabernet sauvignon12 months US oakDeep maroonish in color. the nose shows a rich raspberry, with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and minty chocolate. Medium tannins and a soft mid weight acidity help support the nice […]
2002 Joan D’Anguera Montsant Finca L’Argata – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant (5/16/2006)40% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Granacha, 10% Mazuela – 14 months French and US oakDeep reddish purple in color. The nose is alive with evolving aromas, of anise, cassis, loamy earth, cocoa, light green pepper, and minerals. Rich […]
Editor’s Note: Here is the next article in a series from my lovely wife Gabriella. This one focuses on her experiences learning about the wines that come from the grape Tempranillo. Currently she is gone for a month leading a bike tour, but when she returns expect more articles as […]