Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Finca Collado, the expression of terroir

By March of this year, after I taste a great white wine of 2010, I had want to visit the bodega Finca Collado, a small bodega of inside of Alicante (Spain), who I had heard press very well of his wines and people of theese, in special of my friend Riki Wigley.

María del Carmen, the commercial soul of the bodega, I had known and the young enologist of it, Joan, that makes a magistral wines, and today I had known Guillermo, people that work the soil, specialy it because theese are very good for vine farming. The bodegas has situated near from Salinas, an ancient lake of salt desiccate, this soil is specialy sandy and alkaline and difficult for the farming another plants

This morning, invited by Maria del Carmen, my friend Riki, my family and me take the road for going for know the bodega, terroir and people that works in this project. Yes, we have found the site when the vine farming is ideal, very much sunny in summer, differences in temperature from day to night, different soils in the same terroir and a wind pass permanently that do that the vine not need a treatment spececific, only the sulfur for preventing diseases.

When we had arrived, Joan was cooking a rice with sea fruits, and Guillermo and Maria del Carmen offers us an appetizer with the wine white that elaborate in the bodega. At the lunch time, we tasted all the wines of the bodega, white, rosé, and red young and aged in oak barrels.

In reference to wines, I remember the sensations that these resulted in the last spring, today I have tasted again, and some of these have winners an important awards in the last concurses of wines in Spain. (II Premio dels Bodeguers 2011  and Baco de Bronce 2011 ). 

I refer to Finca Collado Blanco 2010, a coupage 50% of Chardonnay and 50% of Muscat aged in french oak barrels to 6 month, the wine look a golden yellow and brilliant, at nose has fruits simmilar to apricot and has a mature grape, when wine pass by mouth is very fresh and fruitly, and in the last taste the muscat grape and the vanilla does a perfectly for appetizers and to eat  fish soft sauced and poultry, too for sharing with the best company.

The rosé and red wines, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, are very round and smell are very fruit, in the mouth are very soft, including the wines that are passing 12 month barrels french and american oak. The mature cherry, strawberry, a coffe taste in the last and the wines are remembering the marmalade of red fruits.

In a glass all the wines are clean and brilliant, with long legs, very intense nose and soft in mouth. The conclusion is that all the wines come from a ideal climate and an unique soil for farming. Also I can say that the winemaker and the farmer had made a good work making a spectacular wines.

I think that the Finca Collado wines are the must represent the best of Alicante, thanks to the climate, soil and people that do these, I hope that the future the wines will be more spectaculars and recovering the oldest tradition of Alicante wines.

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