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 July 2014



Raffle wine:

Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseHarry Rose

Marques de Alarcon 2013 Macabeo-Verdejo, won by Ken Carlisle

Wines Region Country Source Cost Comments
1. Valdesil 2012 Montenova Godello
Vilamartin de Valdeoarras, Galicia Spain Majestic £9.99 13.5%. A creamy nose with some citrus zest/sherbet. There were peaches on the palate which was a little salty, delicate and elegant. The aroma did go a little flabby in the glass.
2. Bodegas Martín Códax 2011 Albariño Rías Baixas, Galicia Spain Majestic £10 12.5%. A honeyed nose with some struck-match, sweet herbs and a touch of grass. It had zesty acidity and developed well in the glass, getting better and better over time.
3. Marqués de Riscal 2012 Rueda Verdejo
Rueda, Castilla y León Spain Majestic £8.55 13%. A grassy, quite pungent nose. It had a Sauvignon-Blanc style; quite sharp, a little light and ultimately disappointing.
4. (Bodega San Gregorio) 2011 Papa Luna
Calatayud, Aragon Spain Majestic £9.98 14.5%. A rich, fruity nose with some bitter cherry. The tannins were dry, prominent, yet still silky, while the plummy, sweet fruit was youthful. Probably needed another 3-5 years.
5. (Bodegas Paniza) Señorío del Águila 2001 Gran Reserva
Cariñena, Aragon Spain Majestic £6.45  13.5%. A good nose with pencil shavings and blackcurrant going into liquorice. Smooth and rich with only a little prune aspect, it showed menthol and firm tannins, going a little dry on the finish after sitting in the glass.
6. Bodegas La Horra 2010 Corimbo
Ribero del Duero, Castilla y León Spain Majestic £25 14.5%. A dusky/dusty smell with a pencil-shaving elegance. It was quite smooth with savoury fruit, a spicy nip on the palate and a dry-tannin finish.
7. Matarromera 2010 Crianza
Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León Spain Majestic £25 14.5%. A slightly “dirty” nose, some volatile acidity mixed with soy sauce and yeast - there were chemical aspects with some “loose alcohol”. Overall it was edgy and a little bit unbalanced, a pleasant caramel aspect on the finish became dominated by the tannins.
8.  Matsu 2010 el Viejo
Toro, Castilla y León Spain Majestic £25 15%. An enjoyable nose, spicy with some sweet coffee. It was savoury and tart with sweet tannins. The fruit has a slightly confectionary aspect (“Spangles”) but elegance to it, there was a smooth attack and gentle tannins at the end.
9. Mas la Mola 2007
Priorat, Catalonia Spain n/k £25 14.5%. The alcohol shows through on the otherwise complex nose and the palate comes across as a little soapy. Although some tables praised its complexity of flavour there was a discussion on whether it was slightly corked, although not enough to spoil the enjoyment.
10. Torres 2007 Mas La Plana
Penedès, Catalonia Spain Majestic £30 14.5%. A cool, slightly vegetal nose with a hint of green capsicum. The dark fruit had an undercurrent of blackcurrant (an “under-black”) coming through; cool and minty around the edges with dry tannins and a light finish. Drinking well, but realistically still 3-5 years too young, although lighter in style to some of the previous ones we’ve tried.

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