Valle del Ebro, que comprende las D.O Rioja, Navarra, Somontano, Campo De Borja, Cariñena, Calatayud
- Presenters and Participants
- Wines summary
- Wines Information Detail
- Grapes/Varietals of this Tasting
- Regions of Production of the Wines
- Valle del Ebro: a Panoramic View (3 minutes video clip)
- Formulario de Desgustación, contribuición de Alfonso Sanchez (printer friendly pdf)
1. Presenters and Participants
Participants: Wilson Moreira, Cecilio-Augusto Berndsen, Mario Aguilar, Jairo Sanchez, Alfonso Sanchez, Miguel Segovia, Orlando Mason, Agustín, Juan Luis Colaiacovo, Italo Mirkov (as of August 21).
2. Wines Summary
CHEESES, OLIVES AND OTHER APETIZERS (Coordinated by Miguel Segovia) with Vinas del Vero, Chardonnay & Viura.
CESAR’S SALAD with Terraplen, Garnacha
Mixed Organic Greens Tossed with Virgin Olive Oil & Aged Balsamic Vinegar
AGNOLOTTI with Vina Gravonia, Macabeo
Homemade Agnolotti filled w/fresh spinach,
Imported ricotta & Parmesan Cheese in a light cream sauce
MILD ITALIAN SALCICCIA AND SPINACH with Castillo de Monserán, Garnacha
Mild Italian sausage served over lightly cooked spinach.
NEW YORK STEAK ON ROSEMARY SAUCE with Baron de Ley, Tempranillo and Fabla, blend Tempranillo and Garnacha
New York Steak on Rosemary sauce, pepper corn and vegetables.
DESSERT: Chef’s choice with Viña Rubican, Moscatel and Viura
4. Wines Information Detail
http://www.decantalo.com: Features of the wine: Prepared by cold maceration and subsequent pressing of macabeo and chardonnay grapes from our vineyards in Salas Bajas and Barbastro. It has an attractive bright yellow gold. Presents a complex and intense aroma of green apple, peach, citrus and tropical fruits on a floral background. Your palate is broad and fresh thanks to its sustained acidity. This wine is full, elegant and rich in sensations.
SEBASTIANMELMOTH wrote on April 3, 2013 http://www.cellartracker.com/: Clear and shiny, pale lemon colour with presence of tear. Clean medium+ intensity developing nose with aromas of roses, lychees, ripe bananas and cinnamon. Off-dry, medium refreshing acidity, medium integrated alcohol, medium+ body and medium+ intensity aromas of lychees, ripe bananas, roses and lemon peel. Medium finish. Typical well made gewürztraminer, more spicy than other vintages, balanced but lacking some complexity, good quality. Drink now, but has potential for further ageing
4.2. 2012 Terraplen rosado Garnacha (Crianza). Nuevos Vinos. Navarra, V. Ebro. APV: 13.5, $11
http://terraplen.es y http://www.nuevosvinos.es : Vinificación:Fermentación en depósitos de acero inoxidable a temperatura controlada. Una vez el vino ha fermentado, permanece durante unos meses en depósito de hormigón hasta su embotellado. 100% Garnacha.
TERRAPLEN es un proyecto propio de NUEVOS VINOS. El vino ha sido diseñado para cubrir las necesidades de un mercado que busca un vino de muy buena calidad a un precio económico. El vino ha sido concebido y hecho por nuestro equipo de enólogos y diseñadores.
Es un vino hecho de la variedad Garnacha, que tan buena y ganada reputación tiene, para la elaboración de rosados de calidad. Aporta gran cantidad de fruta, buena acidez y equilibrio en boca.
Premios: – Medalla PLATA en el Mondial Du Rosé en Cannes (Francia) 2013 – Medalla BRONCE en el IWC (Londres) 2013.
De color rosado oscuro, es brillante y limpio. En nariz es bastante aromático, con aromas de frutas rojas y fresa ácida. En boca es rico, largo y con una buena acidez. Postgusto afrutado.
4.3. 2003 Viña Gravonia White Crianza. Viura. R. Lopes de Heredia, Rioja Alta, Rioja. APV: 12.5% $ 25
http://www.lopezdeheredia.com : Pale gold. Nose: Fresh and almost sweet. Complex and developed. Bouquet with aromas of third generation. Taste: Fruity, complex, developed and fine. 100% Viura (Macabeo) from producer vineyards. Ageing period in barrels for 4 years, 4 years, being racked twice a year and fined with fresh egg whites. Very Dry.
Characteristics of the 2003 vintage:
Clasified by The Regulating Council as GOOD. This year we were producing from 155 ha. of the 170 own by us in our 4 vineyards: Viña Tondonia, Viña Cubillo, Viña Gravonia y Viña Bosconia. We harvested a total of 951.476 Kgrs. of grapes. The yields were very high considering that this year could have been more difficult due to the heat wave that affected our vineyards from May until the beginning of September. The vines recovered thanks to the rain of the month of September. The harvest started in September 24th and lasted until October 23rd. Therefore, it was one of the longer lasted harvest in our History. This was due to the fact that we wanted the grapes to take maximum advantage of the late September rain. Our experience due to the fact that the age average of the vineyards of Viña Gravonia is quite high, it allowed the vines to survive without suffering hydric stress and made rich and round wines capable to be stored for a long time.
4.4. 2010 Castillo de Monséran Garnacha. Cariñena, Spain. APV: 12.5%, $ 9 Total Wine
Easy drinking, fruit driven wine. Herbal overtones, bursting ripe berry and plum fruit of the Garnacha. Soft and round on the palate, this wine has limited extraction and tannin to enhance youthful consumption. Lingering fruit flavors.
A great wine for tomato-based pasta dishes, cold cut platter and mixed tapas.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
The 2010 Garnacha spent 3-6 months in American oak. Aromas of rose petals and black cherries inform the nose of a grapy, ripe, easy-going red to pair with pizzas and burgers over the next 3 years. (6/ 2011)<
*Best Buy* Floral berry aromas are fresh and carry only the slightest grassy, green element. The wine feels crisp and tight, with nice red plum and raspberry flavors. Mild, focused and not very hefty or thick on the finish. (12/ 2012)
This lively red delivers the fresh flavors of ripe cherries, with hints of vanilla, fresh ginger and herbs. It’s light-bodied, with gentle tannins and good acidity. (Web Only- 2012)
4.5 2005 Fabla Calatayud Reserva. Temparanillo 60%, Garnacha 30%, 10% Cab Sauvignon. Calatayud, Aragon, Spain. APV: 14% $ 14 Total Wine.
Elegant, Spicy, Vanilla, Full-bodied.
The color is tile red with brick-red shades. The nose combines dark, ripe fruit, licorice, dried fruits, coffee, spices and vanilla. The palate is structures, tannic and meaty, with fruit, spices and tobacco to the fore, with toasted notes from the oak.
The wines of Fabla hail from the up-and-coming Calatayud region of Spain which enjoys a growing reputation for producing world-class Garnacha (Granache). Produced from hand-harvested grapes from high-elevation vineyards, these wines show off the wonderful character of the region’s old-vine fruit. Since Calatayud is not as well known as Spain’s Rioja or Ribera del Duero areas, the wines offer amazing value. The Fabla wines are imported by Laurent Terrison, who made his reputation by finding great wines from the lesser known regions of France’s Rhône Valley.
4.6. 2001 Baron de Ley Rioja Gran Reserva. Tempranillo. Rioja, Spain. APV: 13.5% $ 40 Total Wine
Wine Advocate -93- “It reveals beautiful, nearly ethereal aromatics from its extended stay in barrel and bottle. Smoke, Asian spices, incense, violets, black cherry, and blackberry notes are followed by a round, silky wine of finesse.”
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010: Gold (Best In Class):
Dark red core colour with brushes of brick and orange. A faint scent of rose, then prune and smoked meats. The palate has plenty of grip and tension, with supple tannins and excellent balance, persistence and elegance on the long finish. Is drinking very well but still has promise.
Wine-Searcher Score: 88. When to drink: 2009 to 2020
The Wine-Searcher score of 88/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Wine & Spirits Magazine 92/100 drink 2009 to 2014
Stephen Tanzer 91/100
Wine Spectator 91/100
CellarTracker 89/100 (105 notes from 72 users )
Wine Enthusiast 84/100
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
El Mundo Vino 14.5/20
4.7. 2011 Viña Rubican Moscatel Navarra. Muscat 75%, Viura 25%, dessert fortified. Bodegas Corellanas. Navarra, Spain. APV: 15%, $ 11 Total Wine
Bodegas Corellanas note:
75% petit grain Moscatel and 25% viura. Following a temperature controlled maceration, the slow fermentation process begins and eventually ends at a low temperature. The process leaves behind natural residual sugars which give the wine a personality distinguishing it from other sweet wine
It is a white wine with bright golden tones, an intense Moscatel bouquet with fruity and flowery overtones and an agreeable smooth taste which caresses the palate. It has a lasting flavour and the aftertaste provides a subtle reminder of the Moscatel sweetness, as well as the Viura freshness, making it a well-balanced wine.
totalwine.com: Sweet, Orange, Honey, Medium-bodied
A sweet wine by nature with the perfect balance of acidity, this 100% Moscatel from Spain’s northern Navarra region offers an aromatic nose and matching palate of honey, orange and floral nuances. A perfect after dinner treat.
5. Grapes/Varietals of this Tasting
5.1. Viura (Macabeo): The synonym used in the Spanish DO of Rioja for Macabeo, which is the most popular grape of northen Spain. High in production, the Macabeo takes well to hot and dry regions. It also buds late which makes it less likely to be harmed by frost. Together with the varietals Parellada and Xarel-lo it is used in the production of the sparkling Spanish wine Cava. Both still and sparkling wines from the Macabeo are dry, medium in acidity, and have notes of delicate wildflowers and bitter almonds. Macabeo is best consumed young.
Besides Cava the best examples of Macabeo come from Rioja, where it is known as Viura, and now makes up 90% of the still white wine production in that area. It can also be found in large quantities in southern France, particularly in the Languedoc area where it is usually blended with Grenache Blanc. winegeeks.com
Flavor Notes: Noted for rich, buttery flavor, Peach, Pear, Apple, and tropical fruit.
Facts of note: Chardonnay grapes are the most popular green-skinned grape in making white wine. Produced in almost every wine region in the world. Chardonnay is a medium producing grape with average sized clusters and berries. It ripens earlier than most of the red varieties which helps it be less susceptible to late rains and rot. A favorite variety for producing champagne.
DESCRIPTION: Produced in almost every wine region in the world, Chardonnay is truly a special variety that is considered one of the most complex of White varieties. Rich in fruit flavors such as Peach, Pear, Apple, and some Tropical fruit, it is a treat to get a good bottle of Chardonnay and enjoy it by itself or with a good meal.
Many Chardonnays are aged in Oak barrels which impart a layer of complexity to the finished wine. Chardonnays tend to be consumed within 3 to 4 years after being made. It is not a wine for long aging. http://www.groworganic.com
Arguably the most famous of Spain’s native grapes, is a vibrant, aromatic varietal that offers spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors. The grape’s name translates to “little early one,” a moniker that references fruit’s early ripening tendency– Tempranillo thrives even with a short growing season.
The varietal is at its best in top Riojas, where oak aging is employed to generate increased complexity and harmony. From the best sites, these wines can be remarkably concentrated with great aging potential. New wines from this region are darker, and more robust, with more dynamic primary fruit flavors than traditionally styled examples. These wines seem to reflect the influence of Spain’s other key region for Tempranillo. http://www.wineaccess.com/wine/grape/tempranillo
5.4. Cabernet Sauvignon:
http://wine.about.com/ Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to as the “King of Red Wine Grapes,” originally from Bordeaux, with a substantial foothold in California’s wine races, has the privilege of being the world’s most sought after red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes tend to favor warmer climates and are often an ideal wine for aging, with 5-10 years being optimal for the maturation process to peak. Because Cabs take a bit longer to reach maturation, allowing their flavors to mellow, they are ideal candidates for blending with other grapes, primarily Merlot. This blending softens the Cabernet, adding appealing fruit tones, without sacrificing its innate character.
Cabs range from medium-bodied to full-bodied and are characterized by their high tannin content which serves to provide structure and intrigue while supporting the rich fruit characteristics. The flavor profile includes plum, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, warm spice, vanilla, tobacco and sometimes leather aromas and or flavors.
5.5. Grenache: The unmistakable candied fruit roll-up and cinnamon flavor is what gives Grenache away to expert blind tasters. It has a medium to full weight in taste, but has a deceptively lighter color and is semi-transulcent. Depending on where it’s grown, Grenache often lets off strong smells of orange rinds and ruby-red grapefruit. When Grenache is grown in Old World regions such as Côtes du Rhône and Sardinia, it can have herbal notes of dried oregano and tobacco. winefolly.com
5.6. Muscat: (Muscatel, Moscatel) Muscat, with its strong and distinctive perfume, was probably one of the first grape varieties to be identified and cultivated, probably in Greece. The Romans likely brought the first vines to Southern France before the 1300s, where it thrived and gained fame and name around the Languedoc village of Frontignan and dominated the Roussillonuntil the nineteenth century. It may be the most ancient known variety, since it is the first documented variety in France’s Alsace, Italy’s Piedmont, and as early as the 1100s in Germany.
Each muscat produces, with subtle variation, wines with the distinct, intense, aromatic, rosy-sweet, and easily-recognized scent of muscat and, unusual for most wine varieties, that actually taste like grapes. The muscat family has two main branches, one based on Muscat Blanc, one on Muscat Alexandria. Of over twenty identified distinct varieties of the muscat grape, the most desirable for wine due to its powerful aromatic intensity is Muscat Blanc, known as Muscat de Frontignan in France and Moscato di Canelli in Italy. http://www.winepros.org/wine101/grape_profiles/muscat.htm
6. PRODUCTION REGIONS
Rioja is the most famous wine region in Spain, lies mostly within the autonomous community ofLa Rioja in the north of the country. The region is thought to derive its name from the OjaRiver (el Rio Oja), a tributary of the Ebro. Rioja covers a stretch of land 60 miles (100 kilometers) long and 25 miles (40 kilometers) wide that straddles both banks (although predominantly the south) of the eastward-flowing Ebro and encompasses parts of the Alavaprovince of the País Vasco (Basque Country) and Navarra regions. The designation’s boundaries are naturally demarcated by the local geography: the Sierra de la Demandamountain range in the south and the Sierra de Cantabria range to the north and west. These features combine to create the enviable grape-growing conditions of Rioja. The region’s red wines, based on Tempranillo, have cemented its place among Europe’s finest designations and firmly secured Spain’s position on the world’s wine map.
Rioja was awarded DO (Denominación de Origen) status in 1925, making it the first in the country to receive this. In 1991, it was upgraded to the highest status, DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada). Again it was the first designation in Spain to obtain it, due to its proven record in consistently producing top-quality wines. more http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-rioja
This short clip gives a good view of the Rioja DO. Can you afford 2:57 minutes?
A key characteristic of the D.O. Navarra area is the extraordinary diversity of its climate and landscape wich spread across more than 100 kilometres lying between the area around Pamplona in the north and the Ebro river plain to the south.
The fact is that Navarra enjoys an exceptional location, one which is practically unique in the Iberian Peninsula and is marked by thec onfluence of the Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean climates. The proximity of the Bay of Biscay, the influence of the Pyrenees and the temperate incluence of the Ebro valley are all key factors in giving Navarra its unique range different climates.
These climatic differences mark the Navarran landscape, where more than 11,700 hectares dedicated to the Designation of Origin are distributed across the different ecosystems and crop growing conditions: slopes; river plains; plateaux; and plains. The D.O. is divided into 5 distinct wine-making areas: Baja Montaña, Valdizarbe, Tierra Estella, Ribera Alta and Ribera Baja. more http://www.navarrawine.com/en/do_navarre/do-navarre.aspx
Check out these videos clips suggested by J.Luis Colaiacovo. The first one is just 3 minutes long and gives a birds view of the vineyards of Navarra.
This one shows architectural aspects of Navarra.
La denominación de origen Somontano fue creada en 1984 y desde entonces ha evolucionado de forma positiva a través del campo de acción del consejo regulador,la aparición de nuevas marcas de vinos,la instalación de nuevas bodegas y el trabajo profesionalizado de los viticultores. Todo ello ha potenciado la consolidación y prestigio de esta zona vitivinícola.
El informe “Los Vinos de Aragón. Una oportunidad de mercado” de AC Nielsen, exponía que “Somontano” había liderado en Aragón el proceso de innovación total de la producción y comercialización de vinos “creando una imagen totalmente nueva a través de nuevas variedades”. Ésta es otra de las claves que explica el crecimiento de estos vinos del alto Aragón. Paralelamente, la apuesta y priorización de la calidad de los vinos y la estabilidad de los precios cierran la fórmula matemática que explica la positiva trayectoria de esta denominación de origen. more http://dosomontano.com/
Campo de Borja
Campo de Borja Wine
Campo de Borja is a DO wine zone in Aragon, northern Spain. This extremely arid area is situated just south of the Ebro River and north of La Huecha River, and borders the southern stretches of the Navarra wine region. It is centered on Borja, a small town laden with history, having been founded in 5 BC by the Celtiberians (tribes thought to be of mixed Iberian and Celtic stock). The Borgia family, who came to prominence in Italy during the Renaissance and produced two Popes, were of Borjan origin. The campo in the DO’s name means ‘field’ or ‘land’.
Campo de Borja attained DO status in 1980 and the designation is administered by a local Consejo Regulador (wine authority).
Winemaking here dates back to Roman times, and was continued by Cistercian monks at the foot of the imposing Sierra de Moncayo mountain range.
As in the other wine regions of Aragon, Garnacha reigns supreme here. With an average age of 30 to 50 years, the low-yielding vines in Campo de Borja are treasured for producing some of the best examples of Garnacha wines: concentrated, powerful and very aromatic. It’s no wonder some locals refer to the region is El Imperio de la Garnacha (the Empire of Garnacha). more http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-campo+de+borja
Cariñena is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in Cariñena, Aragón, Spain. It is one of the oldest protected growing areas in Europe, the DO having been created in 1932. Cariñena vineyards are located near the centre of Aragón, about 50 km southwest of Zaragoza, on a plateau known as the Campo de Cariñena. The lower vineyards lie at an altitude of 400 m, rising to 800 m as they approach the Sierra de la Virgen mountains. To the west they border on the Calatayud (DO).
The 1990s was a period of rapid development due partly to the numerous mergers of small wineries and cooperatives, and to the adaptation of the wines produced to a more modern palette. The traditional robust, high alcohol content wines are still produced for local consumption, but now fruitier, lighter and well balanced wines are also produced in response to the tastes and preferences of the average export consumer. Exports have quadrupled since 1995 and a new research centre is helping to improve production.
The region is the acknowledged source of the French Carignan grape, which is also grown in Italy, California and several other New Worldregions. The grape is still widely grown in Cariñena, where it tends to be better-known as Mazuelo. more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cari%C3%B1ena_(DO)
The Calatayud wine region is situated in the province of Zaragoza and covers an area of 5,600 hectares. The Calatayud wine region consists of 15 vineyards (Bodegas), which produce 14 millon liter of wine annually.
It is situated in the Province of Zarazoga. With an area of 5,600 ha of wine it produces 14 million liters of wine.
Red: Garnacha Tinta, Tempranillo, Mazuela, Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.
White: Macabeo, Malvasia, Moscatel de Alejandria, Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay.more http://www.espavino.com/spain_wine_region/wines_calatayud.php
7. Valle del Ebro: a Panoramic View (3 minutes video clip)
Valle del Ebro vistas del Valle en medio el Ebro al fondo los Pirineos.
8. Formulario de Degustación
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