Spanish Secrets (Tier 2-3) 6 btls: 5x DECANTER AWARD WINNERS

Spanish Secrets

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For over 4 years now we have been banging on and on and on Spanish wines regions Nov 2013about the value proposition that is Spain. None is more apparent than at this price level. And now the international community is awakening to that an awarding these wines with Decanter Magazine’s global recognition.

We have 62 different Spanish wines in our long list; many are award winners. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. Spain’s history with the grape is long and diverse. It has the largest acreage in Europe under the vine.

The great thing about Spanish wine laws is that the bottles are not released until they are properly aged. So we get to buy wine that the wineries aged for us in perfect conditions.

Nowhere in the world can the combination of balance, a high degree of terroir and the richness of flavour profile be matched on a like for like basis. It will not last forever. Baron de Ley logo

So what we have here is a mix of Spanish styles highlighting the best of both ‘Modern’ and ‘Traditional’ producers from the famous, the legendary, wide ranging and diverse regions of this sun-filled, rain parched land of the vine.

Rioja, Penedes and Ribera Del Duero are represented here.  Torres Gran Coronas label

Of course, there are many, many more options in Spain and this is but a snapshot. We have another 60 or so wines from all over the country with largest area under vine in the entire world.

All crying out to be partnered with good food, here are are our suggested offerings, aged to perfection before release, from tiers 2 & 3.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

1x Torres Gran Coronas Penedes

This is what attainable Spanish red wine flavours can be all about.

Deep ruby colour. A well balanced, highly elegant aroma. The silky smooth, superbly evolved palate is generous and complex (notes of very ripe red fruits on a toasted backdrop of oak).

Food Matching: Perfect with starters (cold meats, vegetable rice dishes and paella), as well as with the finest meat and game recipes, without forgetting cheeses. And it really does love food, this wine.

1x Torres Celeste Ribera Del Duero Commended '13

At an altitude of 895 meters you can almost touch the stars and shape the clouds, where the infamous sunrises illuminate the land in all its splendour and the dusk air is intense with fragrance. Here, at the breath breaking height of Spain’s central plateau, Celeste, the Torres family’s first Ribera del Duero was born. Celeste is an opulent wine brimming with fruit, body and colour; as unique as the night sky in the Ribera del Duero region.

Intense blackberry colour. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied.

Food Matching: Owing to its fruity and tannic characteristics, this wine pairs well with a great variety of meat dishes including roasts and small game.

1x Torres Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay Penedes

Medium dark yellow colour. Displays great aromatic intensity. Complex and silky on palate with elegant breadth.

Food Matching: Ideal with oysters, smoked salmon, seafood and fish dishes. Serve chilled (around 10ºC).

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2006, 87/100 , Wine Enthusiast

1x Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva Rioja Bronze MEDAL 2014

A deep and characterful red-black wine. Crushed black fruits on the nose, with plenty of the hoped-for soot, tar, and cigar smoke complexity. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with crushed blackberry and blueberry flavours mirroring the aromas found on the nose. Quite sooty, tarry, hard tannins, but they sit well with the plentiful fruit and strong acidity. Notes of charcoal and charred wood. Despite all this character the wine has a restrained, elegant texture.

Currently 2007

Food Matching: Do you have a steak handy?

1x Torres Fransola Sauvignon Blanc Penedes

 This wine expresses the exceptional qualities of the fine silty red soils. There are prominent tropical aromas typical of this variety (mainly Sauvignon Blanc with some Parellada: mango, passion fruit), over a background of vanilla from ageing on the lees (That’s good: google it). The palate is fresh and silky, with great volume. Well complemented by fine acidity and classic notes of dry land peaches.

I cannot wait to have another crack at this. The lees aging prior to bottling makes this wine SO impressive. Staggeringly interesting to all at a tasting in Autumn 2012.

Food Matching: Ideal with good fish and shellfish; also with light poultry dishes, asparagus, and lobster.

1x Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Rioja Bronze MEDAL 2014

Certain wines are the reason I moved from ‘casual wine drinker’ to ‘aficionado’ to Wine merchant in the first place, back in 1989 in the UK.

Big Riojas, certain Aussie blends (from Seaview and Orlando), Chianti Classicos and Oaky Semillons were all hitting the mark for me. That never went away, they just got too expensive.

Here at last I have managed to find a decent Reserva Rioja, with almost 18 months in Oak and bottle time too.

Currently 2006. Snap it up now. It will not be around long.  More information on this wine’s dedicated page.

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