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Capri Ristorante

Contents of this Post:

  1. Presenters and Participants
  2. Menu
  3. Wines Description
  4. Wine Producing Regions (Rueda, Toto, R. Duero and Cigales)

1.   Presenters and Participants

La primera cata de vinos españoles tendrá lugar el 14 de febrero en el Capri a las 12:30.   Los vinos a degustar seán del Valle del rio Duero, Castilla Y León, que comprende  las D.O Ribera Del Duero, Cigales, Rueda, Toro Los seleccionadores y presentadores son Juan Luis, Hugo y Jairo.

J.L. Colaiacovo

J.L. Colaiacovo


Hugo Benito

Jairo Sanchez

Jairo Sanchez





Han confirmado su participación: Juan Luis Colaiacovo, Jairo Sanchez, Cecilio Augusto Berndsen, Wilson Moreira, Orlando Mason, Italo Mirkov, Carlos Paldao, Mario Aguilar, Agustín Riveros, Miguel Segovia, Hugo Benito, Peter Scherer y Alfonso Sanchez. February 8, 2013.

2. Menu:





3. Wines Information:  All Wines from Spain

3.1.           2011 Palacio de Bornos Verdejo. Bodega Palacio de Bornos. Rueda. APV:. 13.5% $ 14.99

Palacio de Bornos VerdejoStephen Tanzer 89 points. Wine Enthusiast 90 points.

A fresh white wine made from the Spanish grape Verdejo with crisp Sauvignon Blanc-like aromas given an intriguing herby lift. Cool fermentation techniques extract the maximum fruit intensity from the flavour some grapes, and careful handling ensures good acidity levels are retained throughout. Try with Thai dishes. from: http://www.waitrosedirect.com

The Sanz family is one of Rueda’s best known producers, and their wines offer a very good price-quality ratio. Their Verdejo is pleasant, fresh and light, a quality white wine ideal for everyday drinking and perfect for keeping you cool during the summer! From http://www.vinissimus.com

” With the best Verdejos we expecto both texture and complexity along with a vibrant, lemony citrus character and a healthy doses of pear. With Bornos two fun things happen as well: it exhibits little of the grassy notes found in some verdejos and a finish almost tangible pear-skin note”
This is a fresh white wine with a crisp acidity. It is a good example of Verdejo from DO Rueda.

This winery was founded in 1870 in the town of La Seca. It expanded nationally and internationally in the XX century.

In 1976 the fifth generation of the Sanz family started the construction of a new winery in Rueda and begin the mos recent history of Palacion de Bornos.
Rueda soil and climate. Gravely, permiting great ventilation and drainage.
Continental climate with low rainfall.

3.2.    2009  Senorio del Tallar  Vendimia Seleccionada. Tempranillo. Bodega Milagrosa.  Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León.  APV 14.8 %   $ 17.99

” Aromas of pain grille, mineral, tapenade. Asian spices, and assorted black fruits lead to a dense, plush, full flavored wine that is nice proportioned and lengthy”. Wine Advocate. 93 points.

Ribera del Duero, Spain- Aromas of pain grille, mineral, tapenade, Asian spices, and assorted black fruits lead to a well balanced, full-bodied wine with a lengthy finish. Enjoy with grilled meats.

http://evewine101.com/  Grape Characteristics: Intense purple color, made from vines between 50 and 70 years old, aged in Hungarian oak. Aromas of incense, Asian and black fruits complement the dense texture with a fine and long finish.

Notes:  Luckily the wet cardboard smell (an indicator of cork taint) blew off quickly and I was left with dark fruit and the faintest hint of leaves.  The taste was all deep, dark fruits – a bowl full – framed by cigar, tannin and dust.  Another nice discovery.

3.3.  2009   Tierra Aranda. Tempranillo.  Bodega Virgen de las Vinas. Ribera del Duero.  Castilla Y León.    APV.: 14%  $ 19.99
Tierra Aranda” Bright red color with fresh fruit aromas and a hint of oak, structered in the palate, full bodied, spicy and round, Great balance and a long and lasting finish. Ideal with meats and cheese”. (label)
” Fresh, blackberry, oak, spice, full bodied”
” Deep purple in color, it offers up an inviting nose of sandelwood, Asian spices, tapenade, mineral, and blackberry. Some complexity in the palate”. Wine Advocate. 93 points.

Fresh, Blackberry, Oak, Spice, Full-bodied

Wine Advocate –  “Deep purple in color, it offers up an inviting nose of sandalwood, Asian spices, tapenade, mineral, and blackberry. Already exhibiting some complexity on the palate…rich, plush effort…” [BARREL SCORE 90-93]

3.4.  2008    Finca Sobreno 2008. Crianza. Tinta del Toro (Tempranillo clone). Bodegas Sobreno S.A.  Toro, Castilla Y León.     APV.:  14.5%     $ 19.99

Finca Sobreno“Grapes of the Tinta del Toro variety selected by hand in our oldest vineyard.
The wine is preocessed in our modern installations and then aged in oak barrels which make Sobreno a unique pleasure for any lover of fine red wines” (information in the label).
12 months in american oak barrels, 12 months in bottles.
Bodegas Sobreno was founded in 1998. In the early 90s a group of Rioja Winemakers became interested in Toro, convinced that top class wines could be made from the local Tempranillo clone known as Tinta de Toro. The combination of Rioja know-how, modern technology, strict attention to detail and fine old vines plantings has led Bodegas Sobreno to success.
The winery has 1400 barrels and boast production capacity of 500,000 bottles a year. The principal winemaking consultant is Manuel Ruiz Hernandez, one of Rioja’s most respected enologist. The wineyard currently owns 80 hectares, of which about half are vines over 30 years old and divided into may small parts.
In addition the winery controls 155 hectares of independently owned old-vines plots. The wineyards are 100% Tinta de Toro.
Soil types are allovial with a thick clay subsoil and a mix of sand and gravel. Yields are quite low, averaging 4000 kgs./hectare.
Bodegas ~SobreñoThe wines.
Tinto Joven. 3 months in oak
Crianza. 7-8 months in oak
Reserva, 3 years in oak, plus 1 year in bottles.
“Intense dark red color. Blackberry, black cherry fruit on the nose, ripe and full flavored.”

Wine Advocate. 89 + points.
” This purple/black colored wine offers up a slightly restrained nose cedar, violets, licorice, and blackberry. Ripe and and layered on the palate, this powerful effort will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020.”
Beverage Tasting Institute. 89 points. ” Aromas of chocolate, strawberries, and vanilla cupcakes with a silky fruit-yet- dry medium to full body and a juicy, cedar, cracked pepper, and spiced accented finish>”
Stephen Tanzer. International Wine Cellar 88 points. “Bright. Pungeant aromas of red fruit, rose and fresh herbs. Slightly tart-edged, but the bright floral and red berry flavors show good intensity and focus. Turn softer and suppler with air and finishes with good clarity and lingering speciness. ”

3.5.    2008    Finca Sobreno. Seleccion Especial 2008.  Tinta del Toro (Tempranillo). Bodegas Sobreño S.A., Toro, Castilla y León.  APV: 14.5%   $ 36.99

Sobreño - Seleccion Especial
Uva: Tinta de Toro. 14 meses en roble americano.
“Dark red color with dark purple tones. Powerful yet elegant nose, refined and stylish with ripe berry fruit, spicy complexity (clove, sandalwood, vanilla, chocolate). Muscular, elegant, yet silky smooth taste shows fruit preserves jam (blackberry, loganberry), chocolate truffle. Concentrated and rich, but not sweet with superb length. A good match for venison or wild boar with a fruit based sauce”. (label).

Stephen Tanzer. 91 points. “Opaque rubi. Exotic aromas of cherry-cola, blackberry preserves, vanilla, and potpourri. Weighty red and dark berry flavors are sweetened by vanillin oak and sharpened be cracked pepper and spice. The cola and floral notes build with air and carry through a long, sweet, quietly tannin finish”.

3.6.     Museum Real Reserva. Cigales.    100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo)   Anthony Murphy.     Cigales, Castilla Y León.  APV.: 14 %   $ 31

Museum RealWinemaker’s Notes:  Most famous as the predominant grape in the blended wines of Rioja, Tempranillo has emerged as a potential star in regions as disparate as Australia and California. Tempranillo generally produces medium-bodied wines with juicy acidity and bright raspberry fruit enlivened by notes of dusty earth, dry herbs and leather.

A very careful selection of grapes harvested by hand, in old vineyards around Cigales, in the Ribiera del Pisuerga area. Aged for two years in French oak. A full rich wine, similar in style to Rioja, great value. From:  Http://www.pauladamsfinewines.co.uk.

4.    Aspects of the Production Regions

Castilla y Leon Wines DO'sThis tasting focus the main Producing Regions of Castilla y Leon that are Ribeira del Duero, Rueda, Toro and Cigales.

Wine production here was generally fairly basith until the 1980’s when Ribera del Duero won its DO status and started make its presence felt.


Rueda is located north west of Madrid in the region of Castille and Leon. Laid on a high, flat plain that’s served by the Duero river, Rueda has a continental climate that’s affected by the Atlantic.

Rueda Seal This area is prone to frost, freezing fog and high winds during the winter and spring and so growers elect to train the vines close to the ground. However, Rueda enjoys long hot summers, around 2,700 hours of sunlight and a low chance of drought.


Rueda has an excellent reputation for fine white wines made from the Verdejo grape, and approximately 90% of vineyards focus on this grape. According to Rueda’s laws, Macabeo and Sauvignon Blanc can be used in a white wine blend but Verdejo has to constitute the significant majority. Red grapes are permitted and more recently Rueda has been growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Garnacha aside from the traditional Tempranillo.  From http://www.waitrosedirect.com.

Rueda  DO obtenida en 1980. Marques de Riscal promovio la zona con inversiones en 1972. Vinos blancos son la especialidad con uvas Verdejo y Viura. Para poner Verdejo en la etiqueta los vinos tienen que tener 85% de esa uva. Si aparece como Rueda tiene que tener 50%.
Los verdejos han sido producidos desde hace mucho en la region de Rueda. La cepa se origino en el norte de Africa y se trajo a Rueda en el siglo XI. Originalmente se hacia un vino fuerte oxidado tipo sherry. En 1970s Marques de Riscal con la colaboracion de Emile Peynaud comenzo a desarrollar un vino blanco fresco con esta uva. En 1980 los vinos blancos Rueda ganaron DO.
Los vinos verdejos son aromaticos, suaves, y full bodied. Las uvas se cosechan en las noches para evitar la rapida oxidacion que se produce con las altas temperaturas en setiembre.
Uva Tempranillo.
Originaria de Espana desde la epoca de los Fenicios. Principal uva en Rioja donde se la llamo la “noble grape”.
Madura varias semanas antes que otras cepas de ahi el nombre. A menudo se mezcla con Grenache y Carignan (se llama mazuelo en Rioja).
Normalmente plantada en lugares altos produce vinos con aromas y sabores de berries, plums, tobacco, vainilla, cuero y hierbas.
En 1990 hubo un renacimiento de esta uva gracias a bodegueros espanoles que probaron que podria dar buenos resultados fuera de Rioja principalmente en Ribera del Duero, Navarra y Penedes.
Tempranillo es una de las pocas uvas que se adapta a un clima mediterraneo. Constituye 90% de los vinos en Ribera del Duero y es la uva principal en los blends de Rioja. En Portugal se conoce como Tinta Roriz. Se conoce como Tinta del Pais en Ribera del Duero y Tinta de Toro en Toro.
Quality and Typicity
from the http://www.dorueda.com, The Official Website of the apellation.
The Denomination of Origin Rueda was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture on January 12, 1980; it was the first Denomination of Origin to be approved in the Region of Castilla y León, after years of hard work in order to earn acknowledgement and protection for its autochthonous grape variety: the Verdejo.

The Denomination of Origin Rueda possesses exceptional natural resources for the production of top-quality wines. Specialised in making internationally renowned white wines. Also, from the 5 of August of 2008 the red wines and rosé areprotected by the Denomination of Origin Rueda.

The production area included in the Denomination of Origin Rueda is located in the Region of Castilla y León and consists of 74 towns and villages, 53 of which are located south of the province of Valladolid, 17 to the west of  Segovia and 4 north of Ávila.

The different grape varieties grown here are irregularly scattered over the several municipal districts comprising Rueda Appellation of Origin. However, it is the area found within the boundaries of La Seca, Rueda and Serrada where vineyards are in a higher proportion and greater intensity.

There is only one D.O. in the region of Rueda, which is “Rueda D.O.”. Within the D.O. there are many styles of wine, and these styles each get their own back label. Learn about these styles and their corresponding black labels here.


Toro  es una denominacion de origen (DO) para vinos en la provincia de Zamora, la cual esta al Nordeste de Castilla Leon. El area cubierta por la DO esta en el SE de Torola provincia de Zamora e incluye las areas conocidas como Tierra del Vino, Valle del Guarena, y Tierra del Toro. Hace frontera con las areas de Tierra del Pan, y Tierra de Campos. Hay 8000 hectareas plantadas con vinas de las cuales 5500 estan registradas en el Consejo Regulador de la DO.
Clima. La DO tiene un clima continental extremo (veranos largos y calientes, inviernos muy frios). Temperaturas varian desde – 11C en invierno a 37c en verano. Llueve alrededor de 350-400 mm por ano. Las horas con sol van de 2600 a 3000 por ano.
Suelo. Esta formado por sedimentos de arena, arcilla, y lime lo cual produce un suelo obscuro (lime-bearing) con arena fina.
Variedades autorizadas. Tinto. Tinta del Toro (Tempranillo), Garnacha.
Blancos. Verdejo, Malvasia.
Vinos producidos ( 100%) Tinta de Toro.

  • a. tintos jovenes. Mejor tomarlos en el ano.
  • b. Roble. tintos jovenes envejecidos entre 3 y 6 meses (pueden tener un poco de Garnacha)
  • c. Crianza. envejecidos por los menos 2 anos, de los cuales al menos seis meses en barriles de roble.
  • d. Reserva. envejecidos por lo menos 3 anos de los cuales al menos un ano en barriles de roble.
  • e. Gran reserva. Envejecidos por lo menos 5 anos, de los cuales al menos dos anos en roble.

Los vinos rosados son hechos con 50% Tinta del Toro y 50% Garnacha.
Los blancos se hacen con 100% Verdejo o 100% Malvasia.
Historia de la region.
Se hace vino en Toro desde el siglo I AC cuando los griegos le ensenaron a las tribus Celtas locales. En la Edad Media los vinos de Toro fueron los primeros en ser comercializados en la region del rio Duero.
El rey Alfonso IX le cedio tierras a varias ordenes religiosas con el entendido que plantarian vinas y muchas de las 40 iglesias que existen en la ciudad de Toro fueron construidas gracias a la riqueza generada por el comerco de vinos.’
Los vinos de Toro comenzaron primeramente a ser vendidos en Sevilla y Palencia a medida que su prestigio crecia. Muchas bodegas fueron construidas bajo tierra para obtener mejores vinos y control de temperatura.
La DO Toro fue creada eb 1987.
A fines del siglo XIX se exportaban grandes cantidades de vinos de esta area para Francia durante la crisis de la phyloxera lo cual no afecto a Toro protegida por el suelo arenoso.
Los vinedos de otras regiones de Espana fueron sembrados con las vinas provenientes de Toro.

Ribera del Duero

     Ribera  del Duero is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) located in the country’s northern plateau and is one of eleven ‘quality wine’ regions within the autonomous community of Castile and León.[1] It is also one of several recognised wine-producing regions to be found along the course of the Duero river.
The region is characterised by a largely flat, rocky terrain and is centred on the town of Aranda de Duero, although the most famous vineyards surround Peñafiel and Roa de Duero to the west, where the regional regulatory council or Consejo Regulador for the denominación is based. Text from Wikipedia.

Ribera del DueroRibera del Duero is home to the world-famous and highly-prized Emilio Moro, Cepa 21, Vega Sicilia and Tinto Pesquera wines and is dedicated almost entirely to the production of red wine from the Tempranillo grape.
Ribera del Duero was named wine region of the year 2012 by the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Magazine.


The Cigales wine region is situated in the province of Valladolid and Palencia and covers an area of 2,600 hectares. The Cigales wine region consists of 37 vineyards (Bodegas), which produce 5 millon liter of wine annually. http://www.espanovino.com

This region within the Castilla y Leon province runs along the Pisuerga river. Wine-making dates back many centuries, having quenched the thirsts of the nobility and religious disciples who lived in the many castles and monasteries that dot the countryside. Cigales was finally awarded D.O. status in 1991.

Cigales has a very hot and dry continental climate. This is a region now mostly known for its rosados of Tinto del Pais (Tempranillo) and Garnacha, with quality red wines made from the same grapes. A small amount of white wine production is produced from Verdejo and Albillo. – Description from Amanda Schuster (snooth.com)

Cigales is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located to the north of Valladolid (Castile and León, Spain) along both banks of the River Pisuerga.


It includes several municipalities, including Valladolid itself, Dueñas, Cabezón de Pisuerga, Cigales, Corcos del Valle, Cubillas de Santa Marta, Fuensaldaña, Mucientes, Quintanilla de Trigueros, San Martín de Valvení, Trigueros del Valle and Valoria la Buena. The DO has an extension of 574 km² and is at an altitude of 750 m above sea level. It is a relatively recent DO, having been created in 1991. Wikipedia.com

Terroir at Bodegas Museum, Cigales

Like other DOs in the region, Cigales supplied Valladolid and other cities with wine during the Middle Ages. While Toro supplied red wine and Rueda white wine, Cigales specialised in clarets and rosés. These wines were made until recently in underground cellars, which were often shared by small wine-makers (bodegueros) and which were excavated to depths of over 10 m.