Vuelta Espagnol - Spanish grape varieties/regions tasting

Palma de Mallorca

Tasted April 18, 2013 by Collector1855 with 375 views

Introduction

This private tasting was organized by Manuel Vogel, Balearic Sommelier Champion, on my request to get a brush up on Spanish grape varieties and regions. Very well done Manuel, thank you!

Flight 1 (3 notes)

Red
2010 Bodegas Herederos Ribas Ribas de Cabrera Spain, Balearic Islands
91 points
During organized tasting. Discrete nose of red currents, mint and leather. Medium bodied wine combining the spiciness of the Montonegro grape with the body of Syrah and Cab Sav.
Red
2010 4 Kilos Vi de La Tierra Mallorca 4 Kilos Spain, Balearic Islands, Vi de La Tierra Mallorca
91 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Discrete nose of graphite, mint, olive and cassis. The spiciness, pepper and noticeable tannins remind me of Northern Rhone. Very nice blend indeed.
Red
2009 Armero Adrover Pla i Llevant Seleccio Familiar Spain, Balearic Islands, Pla i Llevant
92 points
During an organized Spain tasting. This 100% Callet is one of the most interesting wines of Mallorca. Medium garnet color. Discrete nose of red currant, rose, leather and minerals. It is an elegant light-medium bodied wine fully aromatic herbal side, not made for the simple "fruitbomb" following crowd. Very original, very nice display of the local terroir.

Flight 2 (5 notes)

White
2008 Can Ràfols dels Caus Penedès El Rocallis Spain, Catalunya, Penedès
88 points
During an organized Spain tasting. A fresh, mineralic wine with ever so slight petrol notes like in a Riesling. Good balance ideal companion for Spanish Seafood dishes.
Red
2005 Rafael Cambra Valencia Minimum Spain, Valencia
92 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Deep ruby. Expressive nose of thyme, rosemary, olive, leather and distinctive barnyard, horse stable notes, very Pessac Leognan like. Medium body with strong but ripe tannins. Not for the broad crowd but experienced Claret drinkers will certainly like this.
Red
2006 Bodega Mustiguillo El Terrerazo Quincha Corral Spain, Valencia, El Terrerazo
93 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Deep purple. Very expressive and ripe note of dark berries and plum. Clearly southern but with good complexity. Full bodied on the palate but with enough tannins to support the big frame. Blockbuster but not over the top. Very nice example of Bobal.
Red
2008 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Cabrida Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant
flawed
During an organized Spain tasting. Corked!
Red
2010 Ferrer Bobet Priorat Seleccio Especial Spain, Catalunya, Priorat
94 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Deep purple. Expressive note of dark berries with eucalyptus, mint and graphite. Medium-full body but highly mineralic and fruity at the same time, no animalic notes. Raou Bobet is one of Spains best wine makers and it shows in this bottle. Great Carignan!

Flight 3 (4 notes)

White
2010 Lusco do Mino Albariño Rías Baixas Pazo Piñeiro Spain, Galicia, Rías Baixas
85 points
During an organized Spain tasting. The Albarino grape always reminds of the terrible Chasselas' in my own country even though it is obviously more complex in the nose. Still, not my cup of tea.
Red
2006 Dominio de Tares Bierzo Pago 3 Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
During an organized Spain tasting. This wine showed very much leather and bread aromas, tired with drying tannins, tired really. The sommelier said that this was not a representative bottle as the typical fruitiness of the Mentia grape was now showing, no rating given.
Red
2009 Bodegas Tritón Prieto Picudo Tridente Old Vines Spain, Castilla y León, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León
91 points
During an organized Spain tasting. This is a so called Parker wine the sommelier explained. Produced and sold mainly in the US mainly. I think the previous author on this site was a bit harsh on this wine. As a Bdx collector I am certainly not the fruit bomb wine drinker but one has to say that this wine is very well made. Expressive nose of dark berries and plum, very fruity and full bodied but with good balance of acidity and tannins. Of course the complexity could be higher but then again this can be said to many wines.
Red
2010 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla Spain, Murcia, Jumilla
93 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Very expressive nose of raspberry, plum, fig, raisin with medicinal and distinctive black tea notes. I love the nose, southern but complex. Very fruit forward on the palate with silky tannins and good balance. A very good non-animalic version of Mourvedre, bright on the fruit, especially for the price.

Flight 4 (5 notes)

White
2008 La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
94 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Expressive nose of fresh lemon and grassy tones. Distinctive alge, salty seafood notes, very complex. Medium-full bodied on the palate but remains fresh and mineralic. I think this wine can stand up to many of the top whites from the Rhone valley.
White
2010 Bodegas y Viñedos del Contino Rioja Blanco Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
91 points
During an organized Spain tasting. This Malvasia, Grenache Blanc varietal mix is very fresh with grass, hey and lemon.
Red
2005 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
93 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Deep purple. Expressive nose of black current, flum, fruit compot with eucalyptus and grass but also vanilla and toast. Complex. Full bodied with strong and a bit granular tannins that nee to soften a little more for a higher score.
Red
2005 Carmelo Rodero Ribera del Duero Pago de Valtarrena Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
flawed
During an organized Spain tasting. This wine was very oxidative, probably more than it should be, so no tasting note given.
Red
2008 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
88 points
During an organized Spain tasting. Deep purple. Nose of dark berries and dried fruit with eucalyptus. Full bodied with medium fruitiness with strong and granular tannins. This Toro wine seems to be a "Rioja + 2x tannins". They must integrate more but what worries me is that there already is an oxidative note in this wine.
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