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Understanding Spanish Wines and Terroir


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I recently had the opportunity to attend a Spanish wine Seminar, explaining the Spanish regions and climates, and tasting several Spanish wines.  Below are tasting notes that I observed for each of the wines I sampled.

  • Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 – An interesting Cava with earthy overtones; good acidity.
  • Terra Guada O Rosal 2008 – Similar to a Gewurztraminer, it contains 70% Alberino; semi dry with good fruit.
  • Martin Sancho Verdejo 2008 –  Lovely French style; good acidity.
  • Louro do Bolo 2007 –  Has white burgundy characteristics; lightly oaked and quite delicious.
  • Ramon Bilbao Edicion Limitada 2006 – Aged 14 months in new oak an dis 100% Tempranilo; should continue to age very well.
  • Papa Luna 2007 – Similar to Valpolicella; 25% of the Garnacha is refermented.
  • Valtuille 2005 – A cabernet franc in style; peppery and slightly tannic.
  • Conde de San Cristobal 2005 – Tempranillo with Cabernet and Merlot aged in American and French oak; delicious!
  • Val-Llac 2004 – With tobacco and cherry flavors, this wine is produced from 100 year old vines; big flavors that are best shared with friends.
  • Dios Baco Pedro Ximenez – An incredible Sherry that is aged 35 years; it would be most delicious over vanilla ice cream.