The different Denomination of Origins in Aragon, seen by The Wine Advocate

The magazine The Wine Advocate, led by guru Robert Parker, in November, inaugurated the publication of new articles dedicated to Spanish wines, including a thorough review of the Denominations of Origin in Aragon.

On this occasion, Luís Gutiérrez, the Parker emissary for Spain, Argentina and Chile, passed reviews on wine denominations like DO Cariñena, DO Campo de BorjaDO Calatayud and DO Somontano, placing special emphasis on the analysis of Grenache wines.

campo-de-borjaLandscape of the vineyards in DO Campo de Borja. Photographer: Ramiro Tarazona

Curiously, it can be said that it is very likely that the origin of this variety is found in any place in Aragon lands. Anyway, these are the ratings from Luis Gutiérrez for the Aragon Denominations:

The Denomination of Origin Calatayud, 3500 hectares, is the smallest in all of Aragon. Gutiérrez rated the DO from Aragon with great potential, with the capacity of producing the most elegant wines in Aragon. Wines like those from El Escocés Volante winery, owned by Scottish Master of Wine Norrel Robertson, are a good example. We invite you to discover their Manga del Brujo 2012, that has been awarded 91 Parker points. Pure expression at an unbeatable price.

The DO Campo de Borja, highlights the high intensity of their wines, as well as being the denomination with the largest area of old vineyards in Aragon. Noted as top rated wines from Gutiérrez’s visit to Aragon lands in this DO, specifically from a winery quite accustomed to top rankings: Alto Moncayo.

Luis Gutiérrez defines the DO Cariñena, the largest and oldest denomination in Aragón, as lacking some new initiatives. In his own words, they are missing something like hunger and new blood. However, this discussion does not detract from the excellent scores that the wines from this DO have, like the interesting Care Bancales 2010, awarded with a well-deserved 90 Parker points.

Finally, it is DO Somontano which stands out for Gutiérrez as very special wines produced in Valle de Secastilla, which are wines defined by their own personality and great potential. The main wineries in the area are, Viñas del Vero and Bodegas Enate, that always receive the right points.

Four interesting Denominations of Origin with a lot to offer. Do not miss out!

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