El Bierzo, has been referred to as ‘the gateway to Galicia’ for its lush green valley that gently guides you between two ominous mountains into DO Valdeorras in the southwestern corner of Galicia. Although I’ve only seen small glimpses of Galicia, I can only imagine how stunning this vision must be. But beyond its fertile planes and lush forests, Bierzo is also known for both its successful mining industry and its fertile vineyards planted primarily with both the red Mencia grape and its lighter, greener counterpart, Godello. Both of these indigenous grapes tend to make incredible wine when coupled with good winemaking techniques, but Mencia, considered one of the top four Spanish red varietals, has carved quite a name out […]
Bodegas Peique was created by a handful of family members who were dedicated to cultivating and elaborating quality red wine. The family has been intimately familiar with winemaking for generations, having not only lived in region of the bodega their entire lives, but having also owned, cultivated and elaborated wines for centuries. The name of the Bodega is a reflection of both the family name and their character. Their wines carry the familiar mark, Peique, accompanied by the name “Spiritual”, each one baptized as if part of the family.
Ok so it’s been awhile since our last Rooftop Tasting, but we’re back. I’m still not a fan of editing, so if any of you out there want to help with that send us a note. We’d love to have some help with it. Otherwise, in this episode we taste a couple of wines from Dominio de Tares for our Virtual Tasting of Bierzo! Hope you enjoy it and the Haikus…Big props for comments in Haiku form! Cheers, Ryan Opaz My notes on the wines we tasted. 2004 Dominio de Tares Bierzo Bembibre – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo (6/11/2007)Very dark adn inky in color. The nose at first is very tight and concentrated with big notes of black pepper […]
The end of May’s Virtual Wine Tasting of the Albariño varietal ended yesterday with some fantastic contributions from both people who have been commenting quite regularly like Richard, Bill, Sonadora and Dr. Debs to newcomers like Huevosconvino and John. To all of you who are participating, Ryan and I would like to throw out a big Thank You and hope you will continue tasting with us in June. And speaking of June’s Virtual Wine Tasting, we have chosen the region of DO Bierzo. Therefore, if you all will be heading out to your favorite wine shop to look for some Bierzo wines, you may want to know a thing or two about the region. Although the Denominacion de Origen is […]
Cuatro Pasos 2003 – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo(8/2/2006)100% Mencía, This medium-high intensity, garnet hued wine spends 2 months aging in the barrel (75% French oak and 25% American) and a minimum of 8 months in the bottle. Reminiscent of fresh fruit such as cherries and red plums, accented with the coconuts, vanillas, and smoky hints from the wood. Fun and fruity with soft tannins that reach a good balance with the acidity, a nice medium bodied fresh red.
Martin Sarmiento 2003 – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo (8/2/2006)The difference that 6-8 months in the barrel makes, comes out in the smoky, meaty, black pepper aromas of this full bodied wine, and the cherry liqueur fruity tones. Very good integration between the fruit and the wood, and herbal and licorice undertones.
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.
Within a span of an hour yesterday, we received notification from friends and family about an article published in the in the New York Times, about the Spanish wine region of Bierzo. It’s great to know that people are looking out for us, as well as seeing the mainstream media taking notice of some of the lesser known Spanish wine regions. The only way they can continue this level of growth as Spain moves towards the 70 DO mark (I think it’s coming sooner than later considering we’re already at 64), we need to grab the attention of the world press and wine drinking community. The article gives a nice softball recap of the region and touches on the indigenous […]
2004 Tilenus Bierzo Enbejecido en Barrica de Roble – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo (5/17/2006)Deep marronish color, very clear. Chocolatey nose with some pepper, clove, cinnamon, and deep red fruits. The nose really is earthy with a loamy feel to it, unwilling to give up it’s information right away. Soft in the mouth this wine shows a fine tannin structure that has a medium acidty and ripe fruit. Flavors of mineral, and dark spices, mix with a blackcherry fruit profile. Fun wine.
What is Mencia? It’s a grape on the rise right now in Spain, as a result of famous estates such as Dominio de Tares. Although, searching around the web will yield many results for information on this grape. So why do I find this grape to be worth taking note of? There are two main reasons why this grape deserves attention. One reason has to do with my recent interview with Spanish wine expert, Victor de la Serna, where he touts this grape as one of Spain’s four greatest red varieties”. The second reason is that recently, I was at a tasting of “new” Spanish wines, where I had a chance to try a young (2005) Mencia made by Carbonic […]