Spanish Wine Tasting Notes

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DO Cigales
Bodegas Bodegas La Legua
Wines La Legua Crianza 2011
La Legua Reserva 2010
La Legua Capricho 2009

DoCa Rioja
Bodegas Compania Bodeguera de Valenciso
Wines Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2007 75cl
Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2006 75cl
Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2004 75cl
Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2002 75cl
Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2001 75cl

DO Toro
Bodegas Bodegas Farina
Wines Gran Colegiata Campus 2002 75cl
Gran Colegiata Campus 2001 75cl

Brandy

DO Condado de Huelva
Bodegas Bodegas Rubio
Wines Luis Felipe Brandy Gran Reserva (60 years) 70cl

Mixed


Red

La Legua Crianza 2011 - DO CigalesBodegas La Legua

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £60.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTinto del País (Tempranillo)
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestGrapes picked by hand followed by manual selection at the winery.
Vinification
AgeingAged for 12 months in American and French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes
Alcohol14% vol.
FoodGrilled or roast beef, lamb, duck, partridge, and mature or blue cheese.
Our Comments
This is a great example of Crianza from the Castilla y León region, but originating from DO Cigales a lesser known area compared to its famous neighbour Ribera del Duero. Well integrated fruit and oak and a long complex finish. This wine will continue to improve in bottle. To be enjoyed now or over the next couple of years.
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La Legua Reserva 2010 - DO CigalesBodegas La Legua

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £78.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTinto del País (Tempranillo).
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestGrapes picked by hand followed by manual selection at the winery.
Vinification
AgeingAged for 20 months in American and French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes
Alcohol13.5% vol.
FoodGrilled or roast beef, lamb, duck, partridge, and mature or blue cheese.
Our CommentsThis is a quality Reserva in the typical Castilla y León region style. This wine will continue to improve over the next few years. To enjoy this wine at its best now, do take the time to decant and allow it to stand for a while before drinking, although it can be served straight from the bottle at room temperature.
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La Legua Capricho 2009 - DO CigalesBodegas La Legua

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £114.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTinto del País (Tempranillo).
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestGrapes picked by hand followed by manual selection at the winery.
VinificationFermented in the barrel.
AgeingAged for 24 months in American and French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes

 

Alcohol13.5% vol.
FoodGrilled or roast beef, lamb, duck, partridge, and mature or blue cheese.
Our CommentsThis is the flagship wine from this Bodegas, with only 1,000 bottles produced.  Lile previous vintages it is excellent.  Very fruity, good body, and long finish. Very limited production from the best fruit to maintain quality. This wine will continue to improve for a number of years. To enjoy this wine at its best now, do take the time to decant and allow it to stand for a while before drinking, although it can be served straight from the bottle at room temperature.
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Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2007 75cl - DoCa RiojaCompania Bodeguera de Valenciso

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £108.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTempranillo.
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestPicked by hand, followed by manual selection at the winery.
VinificationMacerated for three weeks.
AgeingAged for 16 months in French oak barrels, which are replaced every three years.
Tasting Notes
93 POINTS "Valenciso seems to be quite good at, producing classically proportioned wines" from Luis Gutierrez in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
"Fine Wine of the Year" UK Sommeliers Awards 2014.
 
It has a deep garnet colour. A fresh wine with good balance and sweet tannins, with a deep smooth lingering finish. Very elegant and classically structured.
 
We also have Magnum (150cl) bottles available. Three bottles per case. If you are interested in purchasing these please CONTACT US.
 
Alcohol14.5% vol.
FoodRoasts, casseroles and meat dishes with sauces.
Our Comments
Another great wine from Valenciso when others stuggled with this vintage!
 
Enjoy this now, or put it away to age and be rewarded in future years.

PARKERS NOTES: The 2007 Valenciso Reserva is pure Tempranillo from argilo-calcareous soils around Haro cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare, fermented in cement vats with native yeasts, and aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, one third of which are new. 2007 was a cold, wet, Atlantic and difficult vintage, where the date of the harvest made a big difference. At Valenciso they started on October 14 and the wine is quite tight at the moment, with subtle and elegant notes of red and black fruit, cedar wood, nutmeg and vanilla. The characteristic that strikes me as more important here is the balance, something that Valenciso seems to be quite good at, producing classically proportioned wines with the right amount of extraction, acidity and wood. It should age very well. This wine represents the bulk of the 100,000 bottles produced by the winery. Drink 2014-2022.
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Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2006 75cl - DoCa RiojaCompania Bodeguera de Valenciso

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £108.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTempranillo.
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestPicked by hand, followed by manual selection at the winery.
VinificationMacerated for three weeks.
AgeingFrench oak barrels, which are replaced every three years.
Tasting Notes
93 POINTS "A worthy follow-up to the superb 2005" from Neal Martin in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
96 POINTS "Oustanding" from Decanter Magazine - September 2013 Issue.
 
It has a deep garnet colour. The nose opens up with ripe blackberries, roast meats, licorice and some spice. It is really soft with a depth of flavour and the classic combination of ripe red berry fruit, cedary oak and smooth, fine tannins. Very elegant, subtle and classically structured.
 
We also have Magnum (150cl) bottles available. Three bottles per case. £120 per case. If you are interested in purchasing these please CONTACT US.
 
Alcohol14% vol.
FoodRoasts, casseroles and meat dishes with sauces.
Our Comments
Another great wine from Valenciso!
 
Enjoy this now, or put it away to age and be rewarded in future years.

PARKERS NOTES: The 2006 Reserva has a classic, very pure bouquet of warm leather, dried herbs and dark berry fruit, and it offers scents of melted tar with continued aeration. The palate is very harmonious with succulent red cherries, mulberry and dried fig, with subtle white pepper notes sprinkled over the finish. This constitutes a worthy follow-up to the superb 2005 and will have the same propensity to age. Drink now-2025.
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Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2004 75cl - DoCa RiojaCompania Bodeguera de Valenciso

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £0.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTempranillo.
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestPicked by hand, followed by manual selection at the winery.
VinificationMacerated for three weeks.
AgeingFrench oak, which are replaced every three years.
Tasting Notes
91 POINTS "Outstanding" from Robert Parker in Wine Advocate.
 
Dark garnet colour and flashes of ruby, cherry scented, with a hint of spice. Flavoursome, soft and smooth on the palate with a persistent aftertaste. An elegant, delicate and complex example of the Tempranillo grape.
 
SORRY only Magnum (150cl) bottles remaining. Three bottles per case. £126 per case. If you are interested in purchasing these please CONTACT US.
Alcohol13.5% vol.
FoodRoasts, casseroles and meat dishes with sauces.
Our Comments
This is good!
 
Our regular customers will note that we have jumped from the 2002 to the 2004 vintage.
 
Valenciso chose to make no wine in 2003 because they did not believe the quality of the juice from their harvest was good enough to carry the Valenciso Reserva label. A brave decision when they only produce one wine, but one that shows their dedication to producing consistently high quality wine under their banner – ‘one cellar, one wine, one brand’.
 
At the current stage of its life this wine is reminiscent of the great 2001 vintage, but could easily be better! With its good fruit-tannin balance this wine is going to age well for many years, although it can be drunk now.

PARKERS NOTES: The 2004 Valenciso Reserva is 100% Tempranillo aged for 22 months in one-third new French oak. Deep crimson-colored, it offers up an alluring nose of mineral, cigar box, incense, violets, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the wine is layered, rich, spicy, and structured. With 4-6 years of additional cellaring it will show greater complexity in both aroma and flavor. Drink it from 2014 to 2024.
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Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2002 75cl - DoCa RiojaCompania Bodeguera de Valenciso

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £0.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTempranillo.
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestPicked by hand, followed by manual selection at the winery.
VinificationMacerated for three weeks.
AgeingFrench oak, which are replaced every three years.
Tasting Notes
90 POINTS "Outstanding" from Robert Parker in Wine Advocate.
 
Dark garnet colour and flashes of ruby, cherry scented, with a hint of spice. Flavoursome, soft and smooth on the palate with a persistent aftertaste. An elegant, delicate and complex example of the Tempranillo grape.
 
SORRY only Magnum (150cl) bottles remaining. Three bottles per case. £132 per case. If you are interested in purchasing these please CONTACT US.
Alcohol13.5% vol.
FoodRoasts, casseroles and meat dishes with sauces.
Our CommentsI know I say this every vintage, but this is another classy wine from this small bodega which only produces one wine – ‘one cellar, one wine, one brand’. Not as fruity as the 2001, this vintage is reminiscent of the acclaimed 2000, and before that the 1998 vintage. Elegant with a good fruit-tannins balance, this wine can be enjoyed now or kept for several years to come. To enjoy this wine at its best now, do take the time to decant and allow it to stand for a while before drinking, although it can be served straight from the bottle at room temperature.

PARKERS NOTES: "A particularly fine effort given the difficult vintage conditions. The nose is nicely perfumed with aromas of wood smoke, cedar, pencil lead, blackberry, and plum. This is followed by a firm wine with plenty of structure but good fruit behind it. It should all come together in 4-6 years and drink well through 2020."
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Valenciso Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2001 75cl - DoCa RiojaCompania Bodeguera de Valenciso

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £0.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTempranillo.
SoilClay and chalk.
HarvestPicked by hand, followed by manual selection at the winery.
VinificationMacerated for three weeks.
AgeingFrench oak, which are replaced every three years.
Tasting Notes
91 POINTS "Outstanding" from Robert Parker in Wine Advocate.

Cherry red, with flashes of garnet and ruby. Soft bodied and coloured, this is a subtle, elegant wine with a velvety structure. Round and balanced in flavour, with a persistent, full, but balanced finish.
 
SORRY only Magnum (150cl) bottles remaining. Three bottles per case. £138 per case. If you are interested in purchasing these please CONTACT US.
Alcohol13.5% vol.
FoodRoasts, casseroles and meat dishes with sauces.
Our CommentsYet another prize winning vintage from Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso. A classy wine from this small bodega which only produces one wine – ‘one cellar, one wine, one brand’. Elegant with a good fruit-tannins balance, this wine can be enjoyed now or kept for several years to come. To enjoy this wine at its best now, do take the time to decant and allow it to stand for a while before drinking, although it can be served straight from the bottle at room temperature.
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Gran Colegiata Campus 2002 75cl - DO ToroBodegas Farina

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £111.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTinta de Toro (Tempranillo).
SoilGravel, sand and clay.
HarvestCarefully selected grapes grown from vines between 50-140 years old.
VinificationGrapes are destemmed, lightly crushed, and macerated for 28 days. Fermented in stainless steel tanks between 28-30ºC. Unfiltered and unstabilised in order to maintain its potential and complexity.
AgeingAged in American (50%) and French (50%) oak barrels for 15 months, followed by 12 months in the bottle.
Tasting NotesDeep cherry-red colour. Complex, elegant, with aromas of coffee, cacao and hint of vanilla. Well structured and full bodied. Lingering aftertaste.
Alcohol14.0% vol.
FoodAll types of meat, sausages and matured cheeses.
Our CommentsThis is another excellent unfiltered wine from Fariña. It can be drunk now, but like the previous vintages will improve with age for a number of years yet.
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Gran Colegiata Campus 2001 75cl - DO ToroBodegas Farina

Type of WineCask-aged red.wine label

Price: £123.00
6 Bottles per case
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Grape VarietyTinta de Toro (Tempranillo).
SoilGravel, sand and clay.
HarvestCarefully selected grapes grown from vines between 50-140 years old.
VinificationGrapes are destemmed, lightly crushed, and macerated for 28 days. Fermented in stainless steel tanks between 28-30ºC. Unfiltered and unstabilised in order to maintain its potential and complexity.
AgeingAged in American (50%) and French (50%) oak barrels for 15 months, followed by 12 months in the bottle.
Tasting NotesDeep cherry-red colour. Complex, elegant, with aromas of coffee, cacao and hint of vanilla. Well structured and full bodied. Lingering aftertaste.
Alcohol13.8% vol.
FoodAll types of meat, sausages and matured cheeses.
Our CommentsThis is a great vintage of this unfiltered wine. It can be drunk now if decanted, but like the 1999 and 2000 vintage will improve with age, although this 2001 wine will probably continue to age for many years yet.
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Brandy

Luis Felipe Brandy Gran Reserva (60 years) 70cl - DO Condado de HuelvaBodegas Rubio

Type of WineCask-aged brandy (60 years).wine label

Price: £99.00
1 Bottle
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Grape VarietyPalomino and Zalema.
SoilCalcareous reddish.
Vinification
AgeingAged for an average of 60 years employing the traditional process of soleras-criaderas in American oak casks stacked on top of each other in racks or rows known as cachones or andanas. The end product is always obtained from the casks nearest the floor, which is where the name solera comes from, as suelo is the Spanish word for floor. It is the soleras (nearest to floor) that contain the oldest brandy. The amount taken out each time is replenished by brandy from the casks above them, in which it has remained for decades.
Tasting NotesIntense dark colour, with an aroma to match. Semi-sweet palate, with a long velvety finish.
Alcohol40.0% vol.
Food
Our CommentsTHIS BRANDY CANNOT BE PURCHASED ONLINE.
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A premier Spanish brandy like no other you have tasted. Only 10,000 bottles are produced annually. No eulogy can do this brandy justice, only from tasting it can the flavour and quality be appreciated.
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