Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PostHeaderIcon El Rosso winery, wine spirit

In the previous post said that our trip to l'Alcalatén area in the province of Castellon, was quite helpful, because we found some wine over which the VT Castellón on its website showed.

Located in the village of La Barona, in the municipality of the Vall d'Alba, we find this wine cellar, small but unique, and almost without trying we were inside the building which houses the warehouse and shipping of wines. El Rosso is a project of a local family, prepares traditional olive oil of high quality, with the help of Eloy, an experienced winemaker from Requena, have materialized a couple of wines of high quality and very promising.

This winery does not belong to the association VT Castellón, so their wines are labeled as Vino de Mesa, though I think wine should be labeled as Vino de Pago. 'Esperit' is the brand of wine to be found in this elaborate, a red and white wines that show the spirit of a 'terroir' and an important work from the vine to the bottle.

Both the red and white have the same brand 'esperit', a bottle with a very attractive design and more than satisfactory organoleptic properties. Maybe in the marketing, their owners still have to work longer, give a little image to the tasting area, wearing glasses more expressive and emphasize more on the commercial side, because the wine and its price and have half the business travel undertaken.

The 'esperit' red wine is a varietal Syrah, a ripe cherry color, with aromas of cocoa and roasted, a bit of graphite, which is showing subtly agitated glass 4 months of first-year French oak barrels where it matured . The palate is quite fat and unctuous, sweet tannin and a very long journey. A wine made with grapes mature enough reflecting its sweetness on the palate and high degree (14.5 degrees).

The white variety, Macabeo, is a wine that has spent three months in new barrels to win in complex aromas. In the light has a yellow color with golden hues and nose shows notes of citrus and apples, taste is nice and fat, appearing in retronasal aromas of pineapple and banana. A good choice for white meats and fish.

The truth is that for me was a surprise to find this store to have some excellent wines and spend some time chatting with the owners and winemaker, who was at that time on it. 
Saturday, September 18, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Les Useres, the wines of Castellón

In the month of April my first visit to a winery in the province of Castellón (see post), geographical location for 500 years lived in part of growing grapes and making wine, but after the plague of phylloxera was eroding and to cultivation and 80's almost became extinct last century the cultivation and processing of vines and wines.

Knew through the website of the Geographical Indication Vins de la Terra de Castelló, most wineries formed the association of wineries, and some other that not being in it, winemaking in these areas.

Today we went to visit one of these, perhaps the oldest in the area, and the surprise is that we have found two more, a newly established, in which we have found different wines and very attached to the 'terroir' with what the day has made us very helpful even though we had a couple of hours of storm.

Bodega Les Useres  is a Agrarian Society in the municipality located in the village of Les Useres, near the neighboring town of Vall d'Alba, which was founded around the year 1,960, this winery is comprised of nearly a hundred partners who provide some 600,000 kg of grapes, mostly Tempranillo and Macabeo and recovering native and the Bonicaire to make rosé.

Today we found the cellar in full harvest, there were unloading hopper tractors with Tempranillo's grape as it is the only reception of grapes from the winery. This goes to the stemmer that sends the grape pumped to tanks of 50,000 liters. Stainless steel and temperature control, which then macerated to pass to the trulli or underground tanks where it ferments. We have seen the fermentation of Macabeo and is quite spectacular, as in the photo will observe.
The majority of their wines are in bulk, but bottled is taking way and we can find some varieties such as Tempranillo and a 'coupage' of it with Cabernet Sauvignon that have gone through oak, rosé Bonicaire or white Macabeo varietal or blended with Chardonnay and ready for purchase at standard 75 cl bottle. with cork.
The most range wine cellar is a wine aged in a 12 months,  in medium toasted American oak, 70% Tempranillo varieties and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a cherry red color is very bright and very expressive nose recalling ripe red fruits like cherries in the mouth has a long and very fresh and fruity, is round and soft palate.

After this visit we went to dinner at La Barona, where we tasted a dish typical of the area, then visit two wineries that throughout this week I will be documenting in future post.
Sunday, September 5, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Rejadorada, red wine of Toro

It was last August, when we visited the beautiful city of Zamora, where we decided to visit the city of Toro, a city that lives around the wine. Wine that has transformed the Spanish wine scene after the technique and improvement of these wines, once with lots of color and tough, but today without losing these features are more fruity and have managed to captivate the most demanding palates. 
Like most wineries are fully industrialized, we decided to visit a quaint little winery, which while not produced in these facilities, it has done and we could not find how and where you stored the wine and everything in a building of high value historical as Rejadorada. 

This winery was born in 1999 in the same XV century palace that we visited, but today in a nearby town, San Román (Valladolid) is the art facility where they make the wines that we tasted. 

Visit this winery in Toro is quite simple, any toresano tells us how to reach her on the street that bears his name Reja Dorada number 11, you reach a historic building that presents a visit to one of the caves where once was produced and stored the wine. In Toro have a variety of Tempranillo called Tinta de Toro, the climate and terrain makes producing wines with great color and rank. 

The cave has a cultural interest, as it is seen as the steep stairs and access to it was difficult and she found inside a vault that covers the roof and keeping the temperature and humidity, and through a vent all the odors and gases that caused the fermentation went abroad. There we saw a documentary history of Toro

Then we saw the room with the aromas, the anteroom where the company began developing current Rejadorada wines, then go to the store where we tasted the three red wines they produce. 

The Rejadorada is an intense red-violet blue with a step of 6 months in oak powerful and meaty. Novellum parenting is passing through our mouth with a cherry red color to evoke the passage of at least 12 months in oak, very lively on the palate with a good offense, but softened in turn leaving a balanced and persistent taste. Sango is the most old aged, an author wine produced (as above) with grapes 100% Tinta de Toro, but this old vines and a stay of 18 months in French oak barrels with an intense ruby red color, and keeping a trim garnet due to its long aging, the nose is highlighted by aromas of ripe red and black with a silky, the palate and velvety, to delight us with a long lingering aftertaste. 
A visit that we liked not having to leave the center of  Toro and gave us standing as the Colegiata de Santa María sightseeing and enjoy a good meal.

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