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.

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