Spain, WSET Lvl 3 Part 2 Week 2

Off to Spain, and Yes I want to go there for Vacation, one because of the awesome canaadian dollar, and spain has been hurt a bit in the whole euro mess, with bad employment numbers so that should make it cheaper, but the most important reason is the wine! maybe the sun? Music? Gaudy artwork? ahh soo many reasons.

Well here are some from around the country, the Priorat was a disappointment I have had better even from the same vintage. The Jumilla is well I dont want to say this but Oaky Deliciousness, it is plain and simple not a food wine really a party wine yeah I mean it is 15% Alc.  but the R. Lopez de Heredia is amazing, Just so Elegant and Development just beautiful, to think that "modern" winemaking IE Oaky Fruit bombs took over the region such a shame.

WSET LEVEL 3 PART 2 WEEK 2 SPAIN - Downtown Vancouver [AI School] (7/13/2010)
Spain this week, no Bubbles, that will have its own week, same with Sherry
  • 2008 Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns - Spain, Galicia, Rías Baixas
    Clear, Pale+ Lemon moving to a watery Rim, with moderate legs

    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, Youthful
    Green Fruit[Apple], Opening to Peach, Floral, Citrus, Savoury/Mineral

    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med Body, med Alc, Med+ Intensity, Med+ Finish
    Lemon, Apple, 'Creamy Peaches', Floral, Kiwi

    Conclusion: Very good wine, mid priced, ready to drink can keep for a couple years (89 pts.)
  • 2008 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Blanco - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
    Clear, Med Lemon, Going out to a pale watery rim, showing significant legs
    A: Clean, Med to Med+ Intensity, develping
    Mineral[very clean], savoury, light apple, little animal/lanolin, "floral" more dried tho

    T: Dry, Med Acid, Med+ Body, Med+ Alc, Med Intensity, Long Finish
    Apple/Pear, Citrus/lime, Mineral

    Conc: I enjoyed this a lot, teacher not as much drinking well now (88 pts.)
  • 2007 Miguel Torres Priorat Salmos - Spain, Catalunya, Priorat
    Clear, Med+ Ruby, Showing Signicant Legs [15% Alc]
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, develping
    Savoury/Mineral. Cherry[Dark], Spice [Sarsaparilla], Tar

    T: Dry, Med Acid, Med Tannin, Med to Full Body, Med Intensity, Med Finish, HIgh Alc
    Creamy Oak, Cherry[Dark], Spice

    Conc: Awkward finish, might do better with age potential is there but for tonight there were better that's for sure (86 pts.)
  • 2007 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla (Silver Label) - Spain, Murcia, Jumilla
    Clear, Deep Ruby, Going to a Med Ruby Rim, showing med+ legs
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, Starting to develop
    Mineral, Oak/Sweet Vanilla, Blackberry, Cherry, Cinnamon Spice, Coffee/Mocha

    T: Dry, Med- Acid, Med Tannin, Full Body, High Alc, Med Intensity, Med+ Finish
    Cherry, Blackberry, Cola, COLA!, Spice[Sweetness], Woody/Tobacco, Plum

    Conc: This is the "the bottle of the night party wine" so big and massive and ripe and so darn delicious that it will win you over. (88 pts.)
  • 2006 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Crianza - Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
    Clear, Deep Purple going to a med Ruby Rim, showing legs
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity starting to develop
    Cedar, Twigs, BLackberry, Mineral, Grain/cereal, opening up in the glass with Cucumbers/watermelon

    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med+ Tannin, Med+ Body, Med+ Alc, Med Intensity, Med Finish
    Red fruit, Tart, Sour Cherry/Dusty Tannin, Cukes/Watermelon

    Conc: good wine, simple on the palate, nose shows promise (88 pts.)
  • 2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
    Clear, Med Garnet moving to a wide rim

    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, Developed
    Spice Box, Warm/Candy, Dried Sour Cherry, Savoury, Tar, Whole Wheat grain/toast, Licorice

    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med Tannin, Med Body, med Alc, Med+ Intensity, Long Finish
    Sour Cherry, Savoury/mineral, Licorice, Dried Flowers

    Conc: Absolutely Gorgeous, this is where its at

    Side Note: Teacher picked up a lot of oak notes not me tho (93 pts.)
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THE 100-POINT RATING SCALE (Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes this in more detail.)
• Extraordinary (96-100 points)
• Outstanding (90-95)
• Very Good to Excellent (85-89)
• Good (80-84)
• Average (75-79)
• Below average (70-74)
• Avoid (50-70)

1 comment:

  1. The Rioja I had recently was a little over-oaked, but at the same time it was still a very pleasant wine. Spanish wines don't often get the attention they deserve because most people focus on France and Italy (although Italy has bragging rights about being the largest wine producer in the world I believe.)