Friday, May 14, 2010

Spanish Wine Tasting

In the spirit of "continuing" my education of wines, this evening, I attended a wine tasting at a local wine shop in West Linn, Oregon, called Wine About It. The theme was Spain featuring 5 wines.

The first was a 2008 Naia Verdejo from Rueda Spain. Rueda is a region located on the Western side of Spain close to Portugal. This indigenous grape variety, Verdejo, makes a very crisp white wine with lots of citrus fruits such as lemon, lime and grapefruit. In addition to citrus fruits there was a great minerality, bedrock stones. The body was medium and had a great well balanced finish. This is a perfect seafood wine or to drink poolside, just in time for summer! Priced at $13.99.

Second was the 2009 Bestue Rosé. Made in Somontano just two wine making regions to the east of the well known Rioja. This rosé is a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. I have to say this wine was the most surprising because it did not smell or taste like I expected it would. Lots of spicy characteristic from the Tempranillo. There was a lot of ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors. With a long spicy finish, this is a perfect rustic BBQ wine priced at $15.99.

Third was a wine aged 10 years before release, 1999 Anciano Tempranillo from Valdepenas. This wine is 100% Tempranillo. A well rounded wine, great acid structure and medium bodied. Lots of red fruit, cherries and plum. Oak was evident but did a great job as a supporting role. Priced at $11.99 it is a Gran Reserva steal!

The fourth wine was the 2007 Volver from La Mancha, the largest region in Spain. This wine was also 100% Tempranillo which was very interesting to compare to #3 since they were very different. This is due to a couple of reasons; region, vintage and wine making techniques. For instance, this wine is younger and made with new oak barrels. The oak was much more evident on this wine. With a deep ruby colour and lots of red and purple fruits, plum, cherry, blackberry and lots of tannins. Priced at $13.99 this is a great wine for any dinner party.

The fifth and finally wine of the evening was the 2005 Altos de Luzon from the Jumilla region in Southeast Spain. This was my favourite wine of the evening because it was full bodied and bold. Made from 50% Monastell or Mourvèdre, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Tempranillo. Lots of blackberry and black cherry fruits, spice, a hint of green vegetable and oak. I think I liked this wine the most because it is best suited to people who enjoy Napa Valley Cabernets displaying the same mouthfeel, flavors and structure. In a blind tasting I'm not sure I would guess it is from Spain but overall a great wine priced at $17.99.

Hope you get to enjoy a few of these wines! I would love to hear what you are tasting as well!


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