Sunday, August 29, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Author wines, Pasiego winery

In the town of Sinarcas, on the border between Valencia and Cuenca in Utiel-Requena region, we found a small winery, which has completely revamped its facilities for lovers of good wine and tourism can enjoy it.
Here we go in scoop to visit this new phase of a winery, Criadores y Artesanos is really his name, which produces the famous wines Pasiego. The winery is located near the N-330  road at the end of Sinarcas, and with his new image, it is very easy to identify with the label Pasiego on the three sides of the building which houses the precious wine.

We arrived at the warehouse almost at once that our host, José Luis Salon, one of the members of this new project that began in 1997 as a hobby among its founding members, and that following the awards made and acceptance of their wines in the market was consolidating in what we know today.

Access to the cave begins with a space to park vehicles and there we find the restored house on the ground floor shows us the tools for winemaking, with the upper back where the reception of grapes and starts the process.

The warehouse area is equipped just to the extent thereof, that were commissioned to make the most space. Also on the ground floor is the barrel room, whose capacity can accommodate approximately 100 units in size from Bordeaux, and after a glass tasting room or reception of visitors, where you can taste four wines that this winery produces. 

And we did, of these four options we have three red and white aged in casks for two months, spectacular. The first was a Pasiego Crianza 2005, with 9 months in the barrel and the Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, from vineyards (recalling that in its beginnings the winery did not have these) or farmers who are committed to the winery. 

Next on the list was a Pasiego Reserva 2004 of the same variety as above, but with 10% Merlot, with 13 months aging in oak and the common denominator of all three have a bright red ruby and lots of glycerin, and barely edging the difference in your tone.

Pasiego Autor 2005 was the third red wine that we tasted, wine that combines 47% Cabernet Sauvignon with 33% of Bobal of a wide range of strains and 20% Tempranillo low production. The three wines are very colorful and have enough difference in nose and mouth, but following a distinguished elegance for all to be the hosts of a good table. Red fruits, toast and vanilla tastes and aromas make that show. Perhaps the three wines would be the best table accompany red meats, game and stews, cheeses and elaborate, each with its nuances and evolving over the past two along the food as more light on the palate to fresh air over time. 

The White Pasiego Blanco 2009 with a two-month aging in new barrels, surprising the palate with the 'coupage' of two varieties of 50% as the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc very balanced and pleasing to the palate, serve very cold it is recommended to observe evolution while acclimatized in the glass. 

A very pleasant visit and recommended to soon have an enriching visit to the time you can sample and purchase this very limited number of spectacular wines and enjoy the company of brothers Salon.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Neo winery, wine and music

Following the path of the DO Ribera del Duero, after eating at Roa and taste the delicacies of the province of Burgos, we were heading to Castrillo de la Vega, a town that houses many of the wineries in the Ribera del Duero, but just before through this town and about to enter Aranda del Duero, we find the modern winery that we visited, Neo.

Arte y Vino, a space dedicated to wine, Aranda del Duero, Ana, had told us that the winery could not miss us, in fact, its owners, organizers Sonorama Ribera, were in the process of dismantling this festival music and film that had just celebrated and did not know if they could meet us. Finally we attended Ivan and we take a look at Bodegas Neo, a single winery in the world to combine the wine with a recording studio. .  

The winery has everything needed to produce high expression wines and young wines and fresh, the building is very modern and reception is accessed through a gateway, which runs between a small winery fuente. The winery is very functional and are making room stainless steel tanks where the wines are fermented then pass to a modern barrel room, with more than 400 units of French oak, American and Europe Central. 

 Curiously, in the barrel room, we can find Some come signed by artists from the worlds of music, such as Amaral and others. The rest of the cave has the typical elements of any other (bottling, bottle aging room, offices ,...) and also the recording studio where he could record up to a symphony orchestra. 

 The wines are made in several ranges from the classics to the most modern, through the varieties that are exported to over 56 countries and trying to adapt to each country in terms of exterior design and product marketing. They also have other ongoing projects that allow them to make wines from other areas of Castilla-Leon, Spain, in each of the DO, as Rueda or the Priorat, which are themselves produced, renting premises and buying the raw materials they control and certify. 


 At the end we could not prove their wines by the urgency of our visit and they were right in removing the event which was held this weekend at Aranda del Duero. I wait patiently sent me some samples to taste it and comment in this space as Ivan promised.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Ribera del Duero, Casajús Winery

In Quintana del Pidio, a few kilometers of Aranda del Duero (Burgos) is the family farm run by Jose Alberto Calvo Casajús. Following the family tradition and applying modern techniques of development we found Casajús winery in the heart of the Ribera del Duero.

We found a winery that produces its wines from the vines to bottling following a total dedication to making wines that once produced for own consumption, come now to join the select group of wines that are well recognized worldwide Ribera del Duero .

The wines this small winery produces José Alberto, not over 100,000 bottles, but give them all the characteristics of the Tinta del País which is cultivated in the area, and all the wine matured in oak barrels for aging and even a signature wine fermented and aged in large barrels, which is a delight for the senses.

The winery is on the same road of Quintana del Pidio, to the outskirts of town and features a reception, a lounge for tastings, a craft manufacturing with stainless steel tanks, bottling and labeling, and a room of about 200 barrels approximately, where all the wines mature that the winery produces.

I had the opportunity to taste the wine of the author of the 2008 directly from the barrel, a wine produced in 100% the same, with an ingenious system where the barrel rolls over itself, and with a tap to make pumping and fermentation and will foster their own pace.

This was my first visit to the Ribera del Duero and I found a farm which is carried by one person with a very characteristic and traditional wines.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Chozas Carrascal, wines at the forefront

Finally came the day I could arrange to visit Chozas Carrascal, after that the dates coincide, it was worth visiting this beautiful place and avant-garde as he has shown us our host, Julian Lopez.
Today we felt a sense of profound symbiosis between tradition, culture, modernity, excellent wines and a person in love with his work, which has given us a clock stop on our day to really feel good about ourselves .

The winery is nestled in a sea of vineyards in San Antonio, a district of Requena, in a valley where the AVE  train circulate close to joining Valencia with Madrid, but falls short of the 40 ha. vineyard surrounding the house, type 'château' which forms the property has a spectacular location and allows the distance between the vineyards and wineries are flown between 5 or 10 minutes, to be important in the process of harvesting for the grapes do not suffer any break before entering the warehouse. 

The visit began by exploring the surrounding area of the house, Alex has been with us a summiller of Barcelona who was visiting and was as surprised as us, while we waited in the cool porch, I watched the beautiful garden Mediterranean and garden variety of strains that are on the outside, which are a sampling of innovative varieties planted in this area producing wines from the cellar. The pool looked inviting us to swim, but we began the visit and have not felt the heat of the morning.

Upon entering the house we found the right taste and decor into the hall and the large living room with a table of spectacular dimensions as well as its thickness and is made of the same trunk in one piece. From there we have come to visit the rest of the cave, going through what we then delight as tasting room.

The rest of the winery is built with concrete blocks designed, painted its walls, giving it a really welcoming and does not denote the sobriety that we can transmit this material. We visited the store of products made and aged in bottle, then go to the fermentation room and elaborations. 

In this room I was struck by the presence of concrete tanks that inside there was no kind of cover, where fermenting varieties separately, apart from the stainless steel vats and, according to Julian told us micro-oxygenation occurs through the pores of the concrete, and chilled plate by controlling the fermentation temperature. Very curious to see in this store so modern. We have seen the outside of this room with the press and the thresher, which they use instead of the stemmer so that the grain of the grape does not suffer any damage before reaching the reservoirs. 

We have also seen the two lines of bottled wine and cava, and later move to the aging room of cava, watching the bottles and resting horizontal flip machines and some cages with bottles. From there we moved to the wine aging room, with about 200 barrels of 225 liters., all French oak, through which pass the winery sells wines matured or aged in wood. We also visited some ancient deposits that the house had once and serve as a aging room of the winery produces wines to study its evolution.

The visit has brought us to the tasting room and wine exhibition where Julian has surprised us a wonderful beginning to taste the cava, Chardonnay and Macabeo, discreet aroma with tropical fruit on the nose, the mouth we felt rich and volume, a cava-to-eat meats including elaborate.

White wine Las Tres were as follows, made with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Macabeo and two varieties fermented in barrel, in principle, has served quite cold, I guess about 6 °, approximately, which is felt as a syrup peach, oily and rich, while subtle and fresh on the palate and has changed then in the cup, after having changed the temperature as we exchanged views on it. The change has stepped up its aromas and flavors with more structure in the mouth and turning to remember more aromatic citrus and white flowers with a light vanilla aftertaste.

The Cabernet Franc is the re
d varietal in the cellar, which has evoked more feelings. A wine very mineral, powerful fruit with a bang on the nose and very soothing, a different wine from a variety almost unknown in these zone, giving them a real treat for the senses and is highly recommended to look good with your guests an elegant wine that does not displease the most discerning palates. 

Finally we tasted a sweet wine Moscatel de Grano Menudo, which is made in France, where the family also has a winery, and also is a cheerful and pleasant elixir reminiscent of freshly peeled citrus fruits such as tangerines. 

The winery produces other wines com Las dos Ces, white and red wines with good value for money, rosé Las Cuatro with very special characteristics and the red Las Ocho, a complex wine to develop and difficult to define the ' blend 'of eight varieties but encouraged to drink by their rounded and smooth tannin. 

Finally a nice Saturday morning in summer where we have enjoyed and learned that in Utiel-Requena wines are good, which can be both innovative and traditional work and effort that becomes a reward for the senses and that we We felt at home because of the attention and closeness that Julian has given us during his company's warehouse.

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