Very enthusiastic about the white wines from Terras Gauda, a producer in Spain’s Rías Baixas region, in the north west of the country, adjoining Portugal’s Minho. They’re so nicely judged. Unfortunately the reds from this producer, under the brand name Pitaccum, suffer the Spanish disease of an elevage that involves too much oak, for too long.
I’m a big sherry fan, as I think most of my wine nut friends are. Great sherry is one of the most affordable of all fine wines, which is a good thing. This little gem is from El Maestro Sierra, a small sherry house owned by the nonagenarian Pilar Pla Pechovierto, and is very traditional. [...]
Impressed by this. It’s made by high-end Rioja producer Artadi’s Artazu estate in Navarra. It’s expensive, yes, but not when compared with its qualitative peer group.
Artadi Santa Cruz de Artazu Garnacha 2007 Navarra, Spain
A single-vineyard wine made from 80 year old vines at an elevation of 750 metres. Bright red/purple colour. Lovely pure, sweet nose [...]
I have limited experience of Grenache Blanc, I admit. But most of that experience has been good. Here are a couple of Spanish examples that continue that theme. They’re both delicious, and they are not fiercely expensive. What has your experience of Grenache Blanc been like?
La Miranda de Secastilla Garnacha Blanca 2010 Somontano, Spain
Made by [...]
Table 9, day 8
Back to the home of cricket for day 8 of the International Wine Challenge. It was another wet, cold day, but I had another good table, and although we worked hard, finishing after 5 pm, it was an enjoyable day’s work. There’s a reason that we have four or five judges [...]
Regular readers will know that a winery that employs solely 100% new oak (with 20% American), and selects as far as taking the tips off grape bunches (these are less ripe, usually), is probably not going to be my favourite sort of producer. But wine is complicated. You can’t be dogmatic.
Recently harvested grapes – [...]
Named after the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet, this is a project by Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame, in collaboration with growers in Ribera del Duero, Spain. The idea is to form partnerships with custodians of old vine Tempranillo (known here as Tinto Fino), to encourage them to farm more sensitively, cultivating the [...]
Liked this wine. It’s an organic Spanish red from Valencia made by Rafael Cambra, blending together Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon. This was co-produced with Rafael’s Swedish importer Nathalie Bonhomme. Interestingly, there are four labels for this wine, and each case has three of each: subtly but distinctly different, and featuring buttons. UK importer is Indigo Wine.
Now this is interesting. Remember all the fuss about the Gonzalez Byas Tio Pepe Fino en Rama? It was a special bottling of Fino straight from the cask, and it was fabulous.
Sherry like this is normally filtered and fined to stabilize it for commercial release. The great thing about en rama is that the wine [...]
One of Rioja’s most traditional producers is López de Heredia Viña Tondonia. These wines are remarkable: they are made in a very traditional, somewhat oxidative style, but they always seem to work, with bags of personality. And they age really well. I’ve never seen one young, in fact – they are released as they just begin [...]