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Wine Blogging Wednesday

So I had some difficulty with this task. The DO of [Vino's de Madrid->http://www.vinosdemadrid.es/web/espanol.htm] is a relatively new DO but growing fast. Hence, there were a lot of wines to choose from. Made up of 3 subzones: [SAN MARTÍN, NAVALCARNERO, and ARGANDA->http://www.vinosdemadrid.es/web/espanol/interior.asp?pth=op3], Vinos de Madrid is a great place to find great wine values. Unfortunately, the wines that I had hoped to find were, well, unable to be found! Maybe this isn’t entirely true, but they did come from Navalcarnero, which seems to be the closest to downtown Madrid, while the two wines I found are large Co-op’s. Often these produce great value wines, but they also are known for having many labels – often not well marked with whom produced them.

Oh well, I have sinned. The wine I did choose is probably not located that much further away, called Grego by Vinos Jeromín. I’ve enjoyed many of the wines produced by this winery since I have arrived in Spain. This particular one caught my eye as I was becoming more frustrated with my search. According to its label, it’s from 100 yr old [garnacha->http://twis.info/grape.php?ID=4&select=g] vines! Currently, old vine wines are all the rage with a “new” wine popping up everyday from “old” vines, but I thought heck, I’d give it a go. It goes on to say that it follows the Crianza aging model (minimum 6 months in oak, followed by 1 year in bottle), and in this case, the barrels were French oak. On the other hand, I would have to say this “crianza” regiment was not followed to closely. 1 year plus 6 months on a 2004 wine would put it in the market around Christmas 2005 or later! I’m assuming that they are referring to the oak treatment only.

According to the [Guía Peñín->http://elvino.paginasamarillas.es/scripts/penin/g_penin_home.asp], Vinos de Jeromín exports 25% of there wine to other countries, including the US and the UK. So make sure you keep your eye out for them. Although, if you do make it to Spain, their wines can be found at most wine shops and even in many of the grocery stores.

  • 2004 Vinos Jeromín Vinos de Madrid Grego – Spain, Madrid, Vinos de Madrid (8/10/2005)
    Nice rich purplish red color though not incredibly concentrated. Anise and pepper are the first aromas to hit me, though fruit is present and abundant. Vanilla and oak come to the forefront with a whiff of tar and dried cherries. Rounding out the nose is a light minerality. Wow, rich dense light initial sweetness that fades quick as the fine tannins and strong acid wash away the fruit. Much bigger than I expected. The acidity is profound. Strong cherry, light strawberry and some almost ripe blackberry all show on the palate with a rich spice framing it all. Oak and vanilla do a play a role in the palate but more as a supporting role to the rich fruit. I think this wine needs to open up a bit so I’ll give it a early rating of: alt=4 c5a12t15o7=89 and some back in an hour…

In an hour the fruit is bursting from the glass with the oak and vanilla lending structure, though a nice chocolaty earth note has begun to emerge at the base also. Soft in the mouth, the tannins have calmed down a lot with the acid coming further into balance. The alcohol is a bit more warming than I want on a finish, though I really think this wine needs some meat, and given that I think the alcohol would be tamed by the richness of the food. Flavors of cherry keep getting stronger with a delicate spice and mineral note on the finish. I really like this wine and would come back to it again. Considering how well the tannins finally integrated I think this wine deserves a slight bump in my rating.

4 grape

c5a12t16o8=90 (90 pts.)