Herencia Remondo La Montesa

Herencia Remondo La MontesaWhen I first launched this site, nearly four years ago, Spanish wines were what I was excited about, especially garnacha.  But since the first few months of the site, I find myself tasting less and less Spanish wines.  I have nothing against them, in fact I subdue have some trusted favorites in the Spanish section.  I just seem to be appearance across Spanish wines less often these days.  I’m sure some of that is due to the outstanding bargains appearance out of Chile, which are really overshadowing some additional value regions.
Nonetheless, I subdue like a excellent Spanish wine and I was glad to have the opportunity to taste this one.  I should note that I did not taste this wine blind, as I generally prefer to do for reviews.  But without a lineup of a few different Spanish blends, it just wouldn’t work.
This wine comes from Rioja, which is probably the most well-known of the Spanish wine regions.  But it’s not one I generally reckon of for “value” wines, and at $20 this one may not be considered a bargain by some consumers.  Although, that is the “suggested” retail fee and you may find it as low as $12. Read more

Campo Viejo Spanish Wines

Campo Viejo Spanish WinesA link weeks ago, I had the opportunity to taste a small flight of wines from Spanish producer, Camp Viejo.  This Rioja-based winery has been producing wine for a excellent 50 years and produces three different wines, each a specific style as regulated by the Rioja DOC.
Rioja, for those who don’t know, is the leading wine province in Spain.  It’s located in the northern part of Spain and they are predominantly known for red wines.
Campo Viejo 2007 Crianza Read more

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir BrutFreixenet is a pretty huge name in the bubbly wine aisle as they are a pretty dependable brand for tasty-yet-affordable sparkling wines.  They are known for their cava, which in simple terms is Spanish sparkling wine made in the traditional champenoise method… yes, there are more specifics to cava, but let’s keep it simple for now.
While Freixenet is best known for their black bottle sparkling wines, my eye was caught by the elegant bottle design of their Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut.  It’s simple, shiny and stylish with a ribbon connecting the neck to the mark.  The affect of the wine inside this bottle makes this one stand out.  And fortunately, the taste of that wine is also something that stands out.
This sparkler is made of 85% pinot noir and 15% trepat.  Resulting in a tasty sparkling rosé brut. Read more

Freixenet Cordon Rosado Brut

Freixenet Cordon Rosado BrutIt’s time to talk about more pink bubbly stuff.  Wine, that is.  Cava, to be more specific.
Yesterday, we highlighted a unique rosé cava from Freixenet, their Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut.  But if you’re looking for an even better bargain, then it may be the Freixenet Cordon Rosado Brut that piques your interest.  It’s a few dollars less expensive and comparable in quality, although the flavor profile is different, so read on.
The Cordon Rosado Brut is made from a blend of trepat and garnacha.  One fascinating note about trepat is that there are only about 1,000 hectares of it grown.  It is an indigenous Spanish variety and needs a special type of soil to grow well.  Garnacha (or grenache), on the additional hand, is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Read more

Segura Viudas Brut Rosé

Segura Viudas Brut RoséWe’ve been reviewing some rosé wines lately, and more specifically we’ve tasted a number of sparkling rosé wines.  So, let’s continue that theme with another rosé cava that’s an absolute bargain.
Segura Viudas Brut Rosé is made from 90% Trepat and 10% Garnacha.  The grapes come from an estate in Torrelavit, Alt Penedès in Spain.  I’d say this would make a nice salad wine, or would go fantastic with fish. Read more

El Coto Rosé

El Coto RoséMore rosé.  Yay!
This one comes from Rioja, Spain, which is probably the most well-known Spanish wine province in the US.  It’s a province that lies at the confluence of the Pacific, Mediterranean and continental climate influences in Spain.
The wine from El Coto is made from 50% Garnacha from an estate named “Los Almendros” Ausejo (Rioja Baja) and 50% Tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa.  The “Los Almendros” estate is land that was earlier used for almond groves, hence the name. Read more

Juvé y Camps Brut Rosé

Juvé y Camps Brut RoséYet again, we’re tasting some pink, bubbly wine.  And again it’s a brut rosé Cava.
If you like sparkling wine, but haven’t exposed Cava yet, you’re missing out on some awesome bargains.  Cava is Spain’s version of Champagne.  Of course, Champagne being not just a generic name for sparkling wine but being a sparkling wine from a specific province in France.  Similarly, Cava not only represents a style of sparkling wine, but also a province—in this case the province (or regions) are in Spain.  It is regions (plural) because Cava can be made in six different wine regions within Spain.
The methods used to produce Cava are very similar to the methods used to produce Champagne, but the grapes often differ.  In the case of this Brut Rosé from Juvé y Camps, but, the grapes used are pinot noir, which is acceptable in either province. Read more

Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive Reserva

Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive ReservaCava is a sparkling wine from Spain.  Traditionally Cava just referred to a particular style of Spanish sparkling wine, but since 1986 it also means that wine is produced in a specific areas designated as DO Cava.
This Cava from Marques de Gelida uses the traditional Cava grape varieties of Macaubo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada, plus some Chardonnay is in the blend.  As a “reserva” it was aged three years previous to being released.The affect of this cava is a deep straw, showing just a touch of age—which is what it has.  The nose of this wine shows a touch of age too, with a butterscotch aroma layered over yeast and apple.  The aromas are honestly powerful too.  The palate offers crisp acidity with apple and plenty of yeast flavors.  It finishes with a citrus acidity, butterscotch and more yeast.  This is a nice bottle of bubbly.
Wine: Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive Reserva
Variety: Cava
Vintage: 2006
Alcohol: 11.5%
Rating: 88
Fee: $16.99

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