March 1, 2009

Great Iberian Wines From Vinoteca

By Andrew Barrow In Tasting Reports, Wine Notes

Bodega Acoustic Acoustic Vinyes Velles

Two lovely people – Ryan and Gabriella – from Catavino, hosted an excellent Iberian wine tasting at Vinoteca, London last Friday. Unusually for me I’m getting some notes down on the site while still fresh in my mind, which, as many will attest has the attention span of a gnat… or the memory capacity of dead mouse…

Generally the whites disappointed. There were eight whites available, four each from Spain and Portugal and most were either over priced or just plain unexciting. Or a combination of both. A shame really as several wines from the SITT tasting (Specialist Importers Trade Tasting) the Wednesday prior offered some really exciting whites from Portugal in particular.
Fourteen reds were opened for the crowd. Apart from one (where a lively debate ensued where I thought it lacking but my tasing partners disagreed) my fellow tasters/bloggers (Andrew Chapman and Denise Medrano) were in agreement on the quality. The best being…

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Bodega Castaño Monastrell, 2007, Yecla, Spain.
Price: £6.50 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A crowd pleaser being full, soft, flavoursome with sweet ripe fruit. Deep black-fruits, leather complexity, inky finish. Monastrell is Mourvèdre. Good value.

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Bodegas Acoustic Vinyes Velles, 2006, Montsant, Cataluna, Spain
Price: £14.95 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A little expensive perhaps (the victim of the poor pound!) but a delicious, stylish wine. Montsant is a small region lapping around Priorat (had to look that up on an excellent map available at the tasting) that most seemed unfamiliar with. A super blend of Garnacha and Carinena from 15 – 35 year old vines.

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Telmo Rodriguez Gabo do Xil, 2006, Galicia, Spain.
Price: £8.95 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A producer that all should be familiar with; seldom offering a disappointing wine. This 100% Mencia has an excellent nose, balance and a delicacy and poise that we pinpointed to violets. Ripe strawberries adds to the complexity of flavour.

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: A & J-L Gomes Azamor, 2005, Alentejo, Portugal
Price: £7.85 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A blend – which always seems to work better than single varietals from Portugal – of 40% Syrah, 40% Touriga Franca and 20% Merlot. Great fruity aroma, still fresh despite a few years of age. Lovely, soft, plummy palate with good structure and acidity. Some elegance.

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Quinta do Centro Pedra Basta, 2006, Alentejo, Portugal.
Price: £12.50 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A blend of Tridadeira, Aragones, Alicante Bouchet and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe fruit with savoury touches to the aroma, excellent balanced palate a little sweetness to the fruit. Notes ended with a scrawled ‘I like this a lot!’.

Chilled White Wine On Ice at Vinoteca Wine Tasting

  1. Gabriella Opaz March 1, 2009

    First off, thank you so much for coming Andrew! As you already know, we thoroughly enjoyed your company and look forward to more adventures in London in May.
    That said, although the whites didn’t tempt your palate, I am pleased to hear that the reds were of interest. From later conversations after the tasting, both the Bodegas Acoustic Vinyes Velles and the Bodega Castaño Monastrell, 2007 were considered favorites of many other attendees as well.

  2. Andrew March 1, 2009

    It was great to see you again Gabriella (although we didnt get much time to chat this time) a fine tasting; I really enjoyed it.

  3. Caitlin March 2, 2009

    Hello, It was such a great night! I am very pleased that you enjoyed yourself, too bad about you not enjoying the whites, but glad to see that some of the reds took your fancy. I look forward to seeing you at tastings in the future, it was great to meet you!

  4. Dylan March 4, 2009

    As soon as I read about the event over on Catavino, I wondered if you would be attending. What a small world.


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