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Wines and Wineries of the Week

Thursday 1st August 2013 - By David Moore

Mar de Envero – Rias Baixas

AlbarinoThe Mar de Envero bodega was founded in 2007 by two partners, winemaker Miguel Angel Moreira who is a native of the area and Breixo Reymóndez. They produce two impressive and approachable whites both from the Albariño variety (check “Grapes” for more details).

After harvesting and pre-vinification the pressed fruit gets a cold soak to enhance primary fruit aroma and then this is followed by a cool fermentation and ageing on fine lees in stainless steel.

The Troupe is the more approachable of the two. In 2011 it was ripe and aromatic with opulent passion fruit and fresh, balancing acidity. The top wine, the Mar de Envero is more structured. The 2010 not only offered an impressive depth of zesty, peachy fruit but an intense mineral quality also.

2010 Rias Baixas – Mar de Envero – 89pts/100 – price guide - £15-17/$27-30 (locally a little less).  

2011 Rias Baixas – Troupe – 87pts /100 – price guide - £12-14/$23-26 (locally a little less).  

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You can visit the producers website here: www.mardeenvero.es

New wine shopping links for wines and wineries

Friday 26th July 2013 - By David Moore

We have been a little quiet recently on the blog but we will be bringing you a series of interesting and diverse wine and winery reviews as well as other features in the coming weeks, so check back regularly. If you haven’t yet followed us on Facebook and Twitter it’s worth doing so to keep abreast of everything.

An upcoming feature in the autumn in the 2nd edition of our España Vino and 1st edition Le Midi Vin wine guides will be interactive wine shopping links for all wineries profiled via the Wine Searcher wine merchant database.

All wines and wine producers reviewed in blog pieces will also have shopping links included. We are also providing links for readers for all wineries reviewed earlier in the year. These are:

Valenciso – Rioja (27th March)
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Sedella Vinos – Andalucia (15th March)
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Loess – Rueda (4th March)
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Balvinar – Cigales (4th March)
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Wine of the Week: Valenciso - Rioja

Wednesday 27th March 2013 - By David Moore

Valenciso

The full name of this bodega is Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso and just one red and a single white are currently made, both of impressive quality. It was founded in 1998 by Carmen Enciso and Luis Valentín and is very much boutique in size and approach, just 100,000 bottles or so are made a year.

There are plots in 12 separate vineyards in the Rioja Alta, which are all farmed sustainably. Yields are kept in check and no more than 5 tons per hectare are harvested. A small modern winery facility was completed in 2006 and is well equipped with solely French barrels used for ageing.

The elegant Rioja Reserva Tinto from the 2006 vintage is now extremely drinkable with a nicely rounded, supple texture and impressively intense notes of dark cherry and ripe berry fruits with finely judged restrained hints of creamy oak in the background. The Tempranillo fruit is all hand harvested and the individual plots picked at optimum maturity. Vinification is in concrete vats and then ageing is for 16 months in French oak, a third new. The wine is then further settled for a year in concrete tanks before bottling.

An excellent citrus infused white is also made. In the 2011, Viura was blended with old Garnacha Blanco adding a rich texture and a restrained nutty character. Only made in tiny quantities it is sourced from very old vines planted in clay-limestone soils. Barrel-fermentation is followed by 9 months ageing in French barrels.   

2006 Rioja – Valencisco Reserva Tinto – 91/100 – price guide - £18-20/$35-40 (locally a little less).  

2011 Rioja – Valencisco Blanco – 89/100 – price guide - £16-18/$30-35 (locally a little less).

Wine of the Week: Sedella Vinos - Andalucia

Friday 15th March 2013 - By David Moore

Vitucltores Sedella - Andalucia

Lauren Rosillo makes one excellent red, which he refers as a Mediterranean Mountain Wine. He crafts it from ancient vines, many up to 100 years old, planted at high altitude, approaching 1,000 metres, on the slopes of the Sierras de Málaga appellation. While the farming is distinctly artisanal and organic the winemaking is carried out in an architecturally striking new winery that overlooks the vineyards and integrates well with the landscape of the area.

The Sedella Tinto from the excellent 2009 vintage is made from the indigenous Romé, Garnacha Tinto as well as a smattering of other local varieties. It is in contrast to a number of other wines from the area, which are dominated by Bordeaux red grapes. The fruit was all hand-harvested and after sorting fermentation followed with natural yeasts and then the malolactic fermentation in cement amphora. Ageing was for 16 months in French oak.

The wine is full of striking black berry fruits and the subtle herb-scented aromas of the region. On the palate it is richly textured and finely balanced by polished tannins with a crisp acidity lending intensity to the wines dark berry fruit.  


2009 Sedella Tinto - Vino de Mesa Andalucia  – 91/100 – price guide locally in Spain £16-20/$30-35. 

Wines of the Week

Monday 4th March 2013 - By David Moore

Loess Rueda DO

Loess RuedaThis is a recently established small high quality bodega producing wines from both the Rueda and Ribera del Duero appellations. The wines all show great promise, not least this excellent newly released Rueda from 2012. Crisp, mineral and with a really striking, piercing citrus and green fruit intensity, the wine is everything you look for in an un-wooded Rueda. The juice is given a short cold soak for a few hours with pressing and fermentation following at a cool rather than cold 16 degrees C and then a brief period on its fine lees.

Three other wines are also made here. There is a marginally pricier Rueda Collection, which comes from older vines, the vineyard first planted in 1936. The wine is barrel-fermented and aged with regular lees stirring and bottling is in July after the harvest. In Ribera del Duero again an appellation label as well as a Collection wine are produced. The regular bottling is in a more obviously fruit driven style, the Collection seeing over two years in barrel. Traditional ageing classifications are avoided and French rather than American oak used for ageing. A mix of 225 litre and 500 litres vessels are used which helps reduce the influence of some of the leaner wood tannins found in other examples in the DO.   

2012 Rueda – 88/100 – price guide £10-12/$17-20 (locally a little less).  


Balvinar Cigales DO

Balvinar

Álvaro Camarero and Javier Fernández have rapidly established this boutique bodega as one of the best names to look for in the small Cigales DO, just to the west of Ribera del Duero. This is the only wine made here and in small quantities, barely more than 4,000 bottles a year and only in better vintages. It is a thoroughly modern red, full of rich, sumptuous dark berry fruit and made from 100% Tempranillo (known locally as Tinta Fina).

The fruit is all hand harvested from old vines planted in four separate vineyards outside the small town of Cubillas de Santa Marta. After fermentation, the wine goes through 100 % malolactic fermentation in barrel and ageing is for 16 months in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak. It would be best to allow a further 12 months of cellaring.

2007 Cigales – 90/100 – price guide £25-30/$45-60 (locally a little less).

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