Bacchus Awards 2014: A look at the winning wines

Last week the winning wines in the XII Bacchus International Wine Contest 2014 were published, the most important wine competition in Spain, organized by the Spanish Union of Wine Tasters and recognized by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, OIV.

The Bacchus Awards are well-respected for their independence, as well as for having some of the best judges on the current international wine scene. Among the members of the Bacchus Awards panel we find Masters of Wine such as John Salvi, Sarah-Jane Evans and the only Spanish Master of Wine, Pedro Ballesteros.

Over the course of four days, between the 14th and 18th of March, the tasting panel evaluated over 1500 wines from 20 countries and, once again, the good health of Spanish wines was confirmed, with Spanish wines winning 368 medals.

Among so many winners, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to point out some of our favourite wines that won awards at Bacchus 2014:

Ysios Reserva 2007. This fantastic Rioja wine, a Tempranillo single-varietal, won a Grand Gold Medal. Bodegas Ysios succeeds in adding a modern touch to this wine without losing sight of the tradition of the land. Intense and expressive. A very special Rioja.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2012. After the resounding success of the harvest of the previous vintage, Pétalos del Bierzo 2012 arrives on the market with a landslide victory, with no less than a Bacchus gold medal under its arm. Without a doubt one of the best mencías on the market in terms of quality, price and enjoyment.

Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2010. A Bacchus Gold medal for this great wine from the DO Ribera del Duero. Pago de los Capellanes Crianza shows an intense and concentrated nose, with a spectacular balance between the fruit and wood. Long, elegant and persistent. An excellent wine at a very competitive price.

Luis Cañas Reserva de la Familia 2008. An extraordinary Rioja wine made from old tempranillo vines and other varieties. A very appetizing nose with a high concentration of fruit which gradually gives way to interesting balsamic, roasted and spicy notes. Powerful, dense and broad… It’s no wonder that Luis Cañas Reserva de la Familia has won a Bacchus Gold Medal this year. A magnificent wine.

Licinia 2010. One of the most famous and well-respected wines from the DO Vinos de Madrid. Licina is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah made in line with organic farming guidelines, earning a Bacchus Gold Medal in this year’s competition. Its nose, very intense and expressive, balances perfectly with its powerful, broad and warm attack on the palate. Silky, tasty and fleshy. An absolute pleasure.

If you want to see the full list of prize-winning wines, click on the following link: Winning Wines in the Bacchus Awards 2014.

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