Spain: 70 regions, thousands of wines

Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Peninsula with a divergence of cultures, climates and, por supuesto, types of wine. There are many notable styles from all over the country, ranging from traditional viticulture to modern and methodical, to rustic, value driven and food friendly young table wines to well aged prized vintages. Not to mention some venerable expressions of methode champenoise and the range of dessert, sherries and fortified wines from salty, dry Manzanillas to candylike Pedro Ximinez soleras.

Spain currently has 70 government approved wine regions such as Catalunya, Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Rueda, Jumilla, Bierzo, Cava and Jerez. Popular indigenous red varietals include Tempranillo (which has many local derivations), Cariñena, Garnacha, Monastrell and Mencia. Popular indigenous whites include Albariño, Verdejo, Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Paralleda (the latter three comprising the ingredients to sparkling Cava), Moscatel, Godello and Airèn. Palomino and Pedro Ximinez are the primary grapes of sherry.

Naia

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Bodegas Naia

Bodegas Naia works with old Verdejo vines planted, according to the traditional goblet system of training, three decades ago in the district of La Seca, one of the most highly re- nowned areas of the region.

Eulogio Calleja, an experienced oenologist with extensive knowledge of the region, is the man in charge of operations here.

The soil is composed of calcareous clays, sandy clay layers and pebbles. The Mediterrane- an climate means cold dry winters and hot summers with temperature contrast day-night during the late summer months.

Price:

PLCB #: 553588

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Ducado de Altan 2013

Winery: Bodegas Naia
D.O.: Rueda
Wine Type: White wine Variety: 100% Verdejo Ageing: N/A
Alcohol: 13.5%

The grapes for this wine come from 98.8 acres of vineyards, of which 94 acres are 26 years old and 4.8 acres are ungrafted 90-year-old Verdejo vines. All the vineyards are located in the town of La Seca, which is considered by the locals to be the “grand cru” village of Rueda.

The grapes were very healthy and the first musts showed well balanced, so the vintage is excellent.

Ducado de Altán 2012 was made from 29 year-old verdejo vines. Stainless steel fermented.

PRODUCTION: 4,000 cases for the U.S.

Stephen Tanner’s International Wine Cellar
91 Points – Issue # 176 Sep/Oct 2014

“Light yellow. Powerful aromas of ripe pear, nectarine and smoky minerals are complemented by a suave honeysuckle element. On the palate, incisive, tangy flavors of orange zest, pear skin, ginger and quinine are underscored by chalky minerals. Finishes on a floral note, with bright, juicy persistence and strong mineral bite and grip. Outstanding value here.”

Price: $13.99

PLCB#: 553588

Vina Nora

The winery is located about 12 miles from the historic village of
Tui. The grapes for this wine come from 48 acres of 20-year-old
vineyards which yield 2.5-2.9 t/acre, and which surround the winery
in the town of As Neves, in the sub region of Condado Do
Tea on the banks of the Miño River.
Josephine Perry, an eonologist from Australia, makes Peitán from
the Native Albariño grape using the most modern wine making
technology to coax the greatest expression of the varietal and
terroir.
The 2012 vintage in this area of Rias Baixas was exceptional. The
ripening cycle as well as the acidity levels were perfect.
The harvest in Vina Nora is carried out manually, and the grapes
are collected into small containers. The grapes are refrigerated
for some hours in a cooling chamber, and the must and skins of
the grapes undergo pre-fermentation maceration, also at a low
temperature. The wine was 100% Stainless steel fermented and
kept sur lie in the tanks.

Dry red wine from the estate that provides grapes for Graham’s Port.
**Tasting Note: Bright cherry and dark berries shine through the nose with hints of violet and spice. Flavors of cocoa and raisins are present on the palate with good structure and balance

Peitán 2012

Winery: Bodegas Viña Nora
D.O.: Rías Baixas
Wine Type: Young white wine
Variety:100% Albariño
Ageing: N/A
Alcohol: 13 %

PRODUCTION: 3,000 cases for the U.S.

Pazos del Rey
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Aletta

Veraz

Varietal: Garnacha
Vintage: 2012
Producer: Bodegas Aletta
Appellation/Region: Campo de Borja D.O, Aragon, Spain

Viticulture:
Soil: Chalk and Sand (moderate to great drainage)
Altitude: ~1200 feet
Vine Age: Over 50 years
Yield: 7000 kg/ha

Viniculture: Fermented in stainless steel to preserve fresh fruit aromas. Fined and filtered.

PLCB #:553878

Price: $8.99

Campillo

Harvest made manually in order to receive the grape properly to avoid the uncontrolled juice fermentation. Maceration at low temperatures takes part in 20.000 Kg vats from 16 to 20 hours, to get the colour and primary aromas from the skins. After that we get a rosé juice that undergoes an alcoholic fermentation without skins during 20 days

DO: DOCa. Rioja

Vintage: 2014 Grape

varieties: 100% Tempranillo

Vineyards: Villa Lucía

Height: 650 meters

Yield: 5.000 Kg. /ha.

Soil: Chalky clay

Bodegas

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Varietal: Garnacha
Vintage: 2012
Producer: Bodegas Aletta
Appellation/Region: Campo de Borja D.O, Aragon, Spain

Viticulture:
Soil: Chalk and Sand (moderate to great drainage)
Altitude: ~1200 feet
Vine Age: Over 50 years
Yield: 7000 kg/ha

Viniculture: Fermented in stainless steel to preserve fresh fruit aromas. Fined and filtered.
**Tasting Note: Dark cherry red color with violet hues. Intense blackberry and raspberry fruity aromas, and well-balanced acidity. The wine is soft and persistent on the palate. **

PLCB#: 553878

Price: $8.99

Ducado de Altanducado de altan

Varieties: 100% Verdejo
Vintage: 2013
Producer: Bodegas Naia, Eulogio Calleja
Region/Appellation: La Seca, Rueda D.O, Castilla y Leon, Spain

Viticulture: Untrained vines grown on 21.4 hectares. Most of the vines are more than 100 years old and are pre-phylloxera.

Viniculture: Stainless steel fermented. Cold stabilized and filtered.

PLCB #: 553588

Price: $13.99
Tasting notes: Citrus, green herb and tolerable sweaty aromas suggest Sauvignon Blanc, but this is 100% Verdejo with a snappy, pure, citric palate and flavors of green apple, lime and grapefruit. It’s juicy on the back end, with depth and persistence.

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