Latest wines: new wines at Decántalo October 2017

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We present you with the latest wines for October, new projects, new vintages. The best of the best for the beginning of autumn. Stock up!

Callejuela Las Mercedes Pago Aniña 2016: The Blanco brothers are creating a trend. Alongside Ramiro Ibáñez they are producing some unique wines. Naked, without velo de flor, they show the power of the albariza soils. This wine comes from the Aniña mountain, one of the great great farms of Sanlúcar.

Marko 2016: One of the Txakoli vines from Vizcaya with the most personality produced by Oxer Basteguieta in Kortezubi. Mainly made from the Hondarribi Zuri variety, but also with Petit Maseng to give it more body. A very fresh wine, energetic and full of vitality, like its producer.

Còsmic Via Fora Macabeu 2016: Salvador Batlle is a vintner who wants to make wines in the most natural way possible. In his brief trajectory, he has become a reference within this type of wines. He makes this Maccabeu from Penedés in three different ways to give complexity to an aromatic variety that is somewhat neutral.

Qué Bonito Cacareaba 2016: Here is the new vintage of one of the most muscular white wines of Rioja. Benjamín Romeo makes this wine with a majority of White Grenache and some Viura. It is fermented in new barrels to give it body and creaminess.

Mahara Amorro 2015: Once of those wines that, just as its name suggests, is to drink “Amorro”, straight from the bottle. Tintilla and Tempranillo varieties planted on albariza soils. They are vinified with the least extraction possible to turn it into a pleasure wine. Many thanks to the guys from Mahara for making such enjoyable wines.

Tragaldabas 2015: Mandrágora Vinos does an excellent job to make known the Sierra de Francia in Salamanca, as well as its main native variety, the Rufete. This village wine (vino de pueblo) is made along with the stems to give the wine freshness. A good wine to get to know the potential of the Rufete variety .

La Forcalla de Antonia 2016: Another native Valencian variety rescued by a great vintner of the area, Rafael Cambrá. He tries to understand the 55-year-old Forcayat he has planted and, by the looks of it, he has found the right path. A production that preserves the fruit by ageing and stabilising the wine in large barrels. A fluid, fruity and spiced wine.

Verónica Ortega Versión Original: A slightly less concentrated Mencía, from the bottom part of the vineyard that is destined to their top wine, ROC. It is vinified in clay jars (tinajas). The most original Bierzo, without frills, by Verónica Ortega.

Clos Mogador 2015: There is no need for a greater presentation for one of the wines that revived Priorat. Rene Barbier and his sons make this wine from one of the most famous amphitheatres in the area. A classic within the short life of D.O.Q. Priorat.

Lustau 3 en Rama Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda 2017: Last wine extraction (saca). One of the most delicate sacas of Lustau. This Manzanilla en Rama perfectly transports you to a day among the magnificent bars of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

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New Ratings Guía Peñín 2018

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Here we have the new and much awaited guide, Guía Peñín 2018, a reference opinion leader for Spanish wines. The first Guide was edited in 1990. Around 4000 wines from different wineries and denominations were tasted back then. Today, this figure has substantially changed, and there are ratings for more than 10,000 Spanish wines. Here you can see and buy many of this year’s wines with Peñín points.

This year, none of the wines have achieved 100 points, but for the second consecutive year a sparkling wine has achieved one of the highest scores. We are talking about Enoteca Gramona 2002 Brut Nature, with 98 points. As a second outstanding sparkling wine we have Turo d’en Mota 2005 with 97 points.

Among the highest scores are the old and sweet wines from the south of Spain. Nowadays, these wines are given the importance they should have due to their complexity.  We must highlight Palo Cortado VORS de Tradición, with 97 points, and Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1830 PX, which also attained the same points.

As far as red wines are concerned, La Rioja continues to achieve the best scores of the guide, with 98 superb points for Viña el Pisón 2015, Contador 2015 and La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005. They are followed closely by the Eguren brothers, with Alabaster 2014 (97 points) and Victorino 2014 (97 points).

The first positions in terms of white wines have been taken by the Galician denominations. At the top and with a magnificent score we can find Pazo Señorans Selección Añada 2009, with 98 points, and Lapena de Dominio de Bibei 2013.
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Regarding wines with a great value for points we can highlight Pétalos del Bierzo by Ricardo Pérez Palacios with 93 points. Arroyo de las Tortolas, with 96 points, has become one of the great wines of Madrid. Tio Pepe en Rama with 96 points, Semele 2015 from Ribera del Duero with 94, Cíes 2016 by Rodrigo Méndez with 94. However, there are quite a few interesting wines rated by the guide. We encourage you to visit our website to see many of the wines that scored.

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Latest wines: new wines at Decántalo September 2017

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September is the best month of the year. Yes, you heard right! It is the best month because, right now, all the wineries are harvesting and working very hard to offer you the best wines you can enjoy in the future. So, it’s back to the routine, but cheer up and think about the good things that are in the making. Like these new wines we offer you this month. Only the best:

Corta Y Raspa La Charanga 2016: We present you one of the wines of a fascinating project that is taking place in Sanlucar. They are trying to revalue the vineyards and farms in this territory. To do so, Ramiro Ibáñez, alongside the “mayetos” (winegrowers), has chosen to minimise treatments and limit the production per hectare and the spontaneous fermentation in the butt, this is, for the most unique vineyards. An excellent opportunity to try the singularities of each site. La Charanga comes from one of the most treasured sites in Sanlucar, Mahina. A great chance to see a pure Palomino planted on the best soils, the Albariza.

Táganan Blanco 2016: We finally have the much-awaited Tágana Blanco back in stock. One of the most impressive sites of Tenerife, and one of the white wines with the most personality we can taste today. A new vintage and a great new wine from the Envínate team. Bravo!

Rodrigo Méndez Cíes 2016: This new vintage of Rodrigo Méndez is rounder than the previous one. This wine comes from several vineyards located in Meaño, within the sub-area of ​​Salnés. Although it always enters the market with quite a sharp profile, this year we have the opportunity to enjoy it in its youth, since its acidity is somewhat more controlled. If you want to know what a genuine Rías Baixas is, then you’ll have to try it.

MicroBio Wines La Banda del Argilico 2016: We present a new winemaker in our ranks, Ismael Gózalo and his personal project. After building the foundations of Ossian, he has started a new stage producing wines without frills. Some of them from old vineyards such as La Banda del Argilico, two pre-phylloxeric vineyards planted with the Verdejo variety in the town of Nieva. As a result, we have an austere white wine with grip. A wine with timeless features that will make you believe again in the potential of this variety.

Botijo Rojo Garnacha 2015: Frontonio is one of the great wineries that can return the true identity of the Grenache to its origins, Aragón. Very old vineyards located in Valdejalón, vinified and managed by Mario López and Fernando Mora (recently appointed as the new Master of Wine. Congratulations!). Wines that set themselves apart from maturity and excessive alcohol. They have that lightness and fluidity that make you finish the bottle.

Dominio de Anza Finca El Rapolao 2015: Diego Magaña comes from a family of winegrowers and winemakers of Navarre. He has spent two years making two fantastic wines in El Bierzo, at Raúl Pérez’s winery. The new vintage of this wine that we show you, is made in the famous site of El Rapolao, in the Valtuille valley. A fine and vital Mencía.

Fedellos do Couto Bastarda 2016: Fedellos hit the target one again, faithfully interpreting the terroir and the Bastarda variety. As a result, we have a wine that is both complex and fresh. Each year, they line it up even more, until they reach an endless straight line every time you drink. It is essential if you want to know how the area of ​​Ribeira Sacra evolves.

Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2013: Little more can be added about one of the great classic wineries of La Rioja. One of those wines that should always be in a good cellar or wine fridge.

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Parker Ratings for Bierzo and Galicia

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BIERZO
For Luís Gutiérrez, El Bierzo has been one of the regions that has evolved the most in recent years. It suddenly surged 15 years ago, and it has now made a very important qualitative leap, making it one of the most attractive denominations on the national scene.

One of the factors that is helping it progress the most is the recent classification of wines, according to a classification made by D.O. Bierzo, based on a quality pyramid. The base of this pyramid would be generic wines, made with grapes from all the vineyards registered within the D.O. The next category would be “vinos de pueblo” (village wines). In this case, all the grapes must be from the same municipality, which will give its name to the wine. If we go up one more category we have “vinos de paraje” (lieu-dit), which come from a particularly homogeneous site or area where the grapes can come from different vineyards. Prior to excellence we can find “vino de viña clasificada” (Premier Cru), made with grapes from one vineyard. And as the tip of the pyramid, we can find “Gran vino de viña clasificada”(Grand Cru); wines produced for 10 consecutive years with grapes from a single vineyard can be given this name.
Regarding winemakers, Luís Gutiérrez tells us about the 3 generations of producers in this area. Many of them have already been analysing, defining and naming these villages, sites and vineyards of El Bierzo.

From the second generation he mentions three winemakers. The first of them, Gregory Pérez with his project Mengoba. Located in the site of Espanillo, he continues evolving and investigating new ways to make wine. His basic wines under the brand Brezo have achieved 91 magnificent points. In this same generation we can find the projects Mas Asturias and Akilia. The latter, according to the prestigious guide, has made one of the finest wines of all its trajectory, Villarín 2014.

In the third generation we can find winemakers who will be able to benefit from the recent quality classification of El Bierzo; many of them arise thanks to this new classification of the denomination.

Luís Gutiérrez highlights Raúl Pérez’s great work to welcome important people from the world of wine so that they start to produce in their facilities of Valtuille, as he did in 1999 with Ricardo Pérez Palacios and his uncle, Álvaro Palacios. In this last generation, we have to mention Diego Magaña with his project Dominio de Anza. It has high ratings for its two wines, Selección de parcelas with 93 points and Rapolao with 95. Also, Raúl Pérez’s nephew, César Márquez Pérez in his search for new sites, and with three wines with very good rating. Verónica Ortega, who initially started her project at Raul’s facilities, but who has now set up her own winery. Her base wine, Quite, has achieved 92 points and her ROC 2014 attained 94 points in one of its finest vintages.
Raúl also collaborates in other projects with other illustrious names, like Even Sadie from South Africa and Niepoort from Douro, this last one with the name Calderera and made from vineyards of the Ponferrada area. New sites that will definitely be talked about in future visits.
That being said, wines made by Raúl Pérez himself have had stratospheric scores, from his Ultreia Sant Jacques with 93 points to Paluezas with 97, a new wine that will soon be launched on the market.
Finally, Luís Gutiérrez individually mentions Ricardo Pérez Palacios and his project alongside Álvaro Palacios from Descendientes de J. Palacios for being one of the most solid projects in the Spanish scenario. This is proven with the 100 points awarded to La Faraona 2014, the great vineyard and wine of El Bierzo. Vintage after vintage, it demonstrates that is knows its sites even better, refining and enhancing them, with the firm objective of supporting the particularities of each vineyard, and choosing to do so since the very beginning.

 

GALICIA
Luís Gutiérrez emphasises, in a generic way, the great quality, pleasure and price that the wines of Galicia have to offer. Their only drawback is that many of the wines have such low productions that they are quite difficult to find.

Valdeorras
Luís believes that Valdeorras is one of the regions with less activity within Galicia. In his article, he highlights Rafael Palacios and Telmo Rodríguez’s already established projects. These two winemakers are producing new wines that come from the part of the valley of Bibei that lies within Valdeorras. As an example, we have the splendid As Caborcas by Telmo Rodríguez with 95 points. He also takes into account the new direction taken by the winery Viñedos Somoza, with the addition of Javier García, one of the members of 4 Monos in Madrid. He has rated Duas Ladeiras with 93 points.

Ribeiro
According to Luís, Ribeiro is an area of great potential. The activity of cooperative wineries is very strong, but good winemakers are starting to emerge. We can find Manuel Formigo and his wine Formigo, with 90 points, or Bernardo Estévez and his Issue, with 92.

Monterrei
Here, the greatest example is still José Luis Mateo and his winery Quinta Muradella; its wines always among the best rated in Galicia. New names are coming out, and they will definitely be known of in the near feature.

Ribeira Sacra
In this region, Luís Gutiérrez mentions Raúl Pérez, once again, as the determining man who will show us what the Denomination is today. In 1990, when Raúl arrived to the area, there were no wines aged in barrels, since they thought they had a strong tendency to oxidation. He began working with Fernando from Algueira to see how to tame the wines and refine them. His next incursion was with Pedro Guímaro, and this time they managed to make a fine wine aged in barrel, El Pecado 2002. In 2005, this wine achieved a good global reputation and placed Ribeira Sacra within the world’s winemaking scene.
Nowadays, Algueira is still a reference and continues to take care of the impressive terraces that flow into the canyon of the river Sil. It is followed by Guímaro and Dominio do Bibei, along with new winemakers like Fedellos do Couto, Envinate, Daterra and Silica.
Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas is one of the most extensive regions of Galicia. According to Luís, there are two completely different worlds in the region, distinguishing between industrial and craftsmanship wines. Among the new winemakers who are doing very interesting things is Manuel Moldes in El Salnes and his Project Fulcro. Worth mentioning is his A Pedreira, with 91 points.
Among the usual, on the front line we can still find Zárate and its impressive wine El Palomar, with 95 points. Nanclares, with its austerity and salinity, is one of the reference winemakers, also in the area, with wines that have achieved very good ratings. And lastly, Xurxo Alba and his wines from Albamar are also among the best wines of the denomination.

 

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The Top 10 Wines for the Summer

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We compiled a list of our summer wines recommendations. These are 10 very special, fresh, palatable and perfect wines to blissfully enjoy these summer days. I´m sure that you´ll find them delectable. As summer progresses, we find ourselves readjusting our everyday habits. Normally, we opt for fresher and lighter dishes, which leads us to choose a wine that follows the same rhythm. We´re looking for light-bodied, fresh wines that work well for a starter, or paired with a nice salad…or why not even with a hearty seafood dish?
However, before we begin, we must warn you: we´re going to shatter that myth that deems red wine unfit for the summer. It´s simply a matter of choosing the right one. Just keep on reading…

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We are starting off our summer wine list with an especially summery variety, the Albariño. To be more specific, the Zárate Albariño. This wine is made with grapes harvested from grapevines that are 35 or more years old. Savory, good acidity and elegant, it makes for a perfect paring with appetizers, shellfish and fish.

lustau-3-en-rama-fino-de-el-puerto-de-santa-mariaThe second recommendation hails from the south, from the D.O. Jerez and more specifically, from the Puerto de Santa María in the province of Cádiz. Lustau 3 en Rama Fino de El Puerto de Santa María. It´s a delicate wine with character, made by Bodegas Lustau, a historic wine cellar founded in 1896. The wine is aged using the criadera and solera system. It´s elegant, sharp, rich and savory. The wine wonderful as a starter paired with cured meats.

herrigoiaLet´s move onto a red wine, but not just any red wine. It´s a red wine produced by carbonic maceration. In carbonic maceration, fermentation takes place inside the grape itself, always maintaining its shape, which gives a strong fruity flavor to the wine. Herrigoia is a wine made in the Rioja region by El Mozo Wines, a family-owned cellar with 40 years of history. They provide us with a fresh, fruity and crisp wine. It´s great with salads, cured and light meats…it´s even delicious in the first days of autumn.

alfredo-maestro-lovamorOur next suggestion is a natural wine. This wine comes from a carefully managed vineyard without any kind of further elaborations in the cellar. Lovamor, is a white wine that the great Master Alfredo creates in the Castilla-León province. It is a delicious varietal Albillo with body, full flavors and glycerol. It´s ideal for seafood rice dishes. Another idea is to enjoy it in the evening, watching the sun set.

musikantoIt would be a crime to leave out rose wine in our top 10 summer wines. And since we´ve already talked about natural wines, let´s move onto a natural rose wine: Musikanto, from Bernabé Navarro. It´s a wine that´s produced in the D.O. Alicante with red Grenache grapes from vines that are anywhere between 40 and 60 years old. Musikanto is perfect to drink as a starter or with a steak tartar. It´s very fruity, very flavorful and delicious.

chivite-las-fincas-rosadoAnd now that we´ve mentioned a rose wine… here´s another one with a completely different take. Chivite Las Fincas Rosado. It´s produced by the Chivite Wine cellar in the province of Navarra. It´s a wine that´s favored by the well-known Spanish chef, Juan Mari Arzak. It´s a blending wine made with Grenache and Tempranillo grapes aged 6 months in lees. It makes for light, fresh, delicate and creamy wine. Pair it with sushi, seafood or have it as an appetizer.

vina-zorzal-garnachaThe next wine on our list is yet another from the Navarro region, Viña Zorzal Garnacha. It´s a red wine made by the Viña Zorzal Wine Cellar using grapes from vines that exceed 60 years in age. It´s a cellar that fully believes that “a wine is born in the vineyard” as well as in local grape varieties. This Grenache wine boasts a fruity and impressively fresh character, which is the perfect pair for a barbecued meats and vegetables, or even fatty fish.

barco-del-cornetaWe can´t leave out Verdejo wines from our list. Barco del Corneta is an ecological wine made in La Seca (in the Valladolid province) by Beatriz Herranz, aiming to create a purely varietal Verdejo, respecting the soil, the climate and the grape. Carefully crafted, it´s far from the typical tropical aromas. It´s a true Verdejo. Pair it with a hearty rice dish, baked fish, shellfish or enjoy it simply as a starter.

recaredo-brut-de-brut-finca-serral-del-vellLet´s move onto a cava. This particular cava comes from one of the largest bodegas and it´s always in style. Recaredo Brut de Brut Finca Serral del Vell is produced in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia by the Recaredo Wine Cellar. It´s a blend of Macabeo and Xarel·lo grapes, cultivated by the principles of biodynamic agriculture. It´s traditionally made with a manual riddling process, disgorgement and long aging with an all-natural cork. It´s a straight-foward cava. Try it as a starter, with salads, smoked meats, rice dishes or grilled fish. It has good acidity with a finely-integrated carbonic. It´s both delicate and profound.

ultreia-menciaLast but not least, we have a wonderful red wine from one of the most important names in the Spanish winemaking scene, S, Raúl Pérez. Hailing from Bierzo, Ultreia Mencía, here is an artisanal wine that´s pure, sincere and produced with one of the Reina varieties in this region. It´s a fresh, expressive and elegant wine that will surely make its impression on any taster. It makes a heavenly pair with meats or cheeses.

We hope that you liked our list and that you enjoy these wines…and of course, have a wonderful summer! :)

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Parker ratings for Navarre, Aragón and Sierra de Gredos

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Last Friday, the new ratings of Luis Gutiérrez were published. This time, the assessed regions have been Navarre, Gredos and Aragón. Among them, we see a common denominator, the Grenache.

Navarre

Luis Gutiérrez had not visited Navarre since 2014. On that occasion, the foreign varieties from France were the primary asset of the wineries. However, in the last three years, the value of the Grenache has been raised, and wineries, like Chivite, have decided to use this indigenous variety to make their wines.

Luis Gutiérrez sees a promising future for the D.O., although these dormant years have somewhat reduced their competitiveness. Changing the course to cultivate indigenous varieties once again, is something that cannot be done overnight. However, in the last three years, in which Luis had not revisited the area, he has seen a substantial effort and evolution.

Regarding the vintages, he considers the one of 2013 to have been uneven, just like in many other regions. The vintage of 2014 has been one of the coolest in recent years, with a more Atlantic profile. Despite the excellent assessment on behalf of the winegrowers of the area, Luis thinks the 2015 vintage is slightly ripe. Finally, he considers that the vintage of 2016 is of high quality, according to the tasting performed in the winery in his last visit.

Focusing on the wineries, Gutiérrez highlights the following:

  • Emilio Valerio: a winery located on the hillsides of Montejurra, north of Navarre. Until this year, Olivier Riviere was the adviser. He has been replaced by Jean François Hebrand of Quinta Quietud. With this replacement, a change of style in the wine of Emilio Valerio is expected, although Luís hopes that this is not the case. As he states, the wines from this winery have been one of the most faithful representations of the territory. It is worth mentioning their plots: Viña San Martín 2013 with 94 points and Viña Aranbelza with 94 points.
  • La Calandria: a young winery founded in 2008 by Luis Remachay Javier Continentte in Murchante. They own 3 hectares of old vines in the town of Cintruenigo, where they produce Calandria 2016, which has attained 90 points.
  • Viña Magaña: with the arrival of his son, Diego, involved in other projects like El Bierzo, the winery has changed its course and, even with foreign varieties, it has refined its style. We will have to wait to taste the results of the incorporation of Grenache to their wines.
  • Domaine Lupier: in the town of San Martín de Unx, Enrique Basarte and Elisa Ucar began to buy the Grenache vineyards they found in the area. Then, they installed the winery in the basement of the house and they began the production. During this time, they have been selected the best grapes of the different plots, until they achieved the two cuvées that they have today. Terroir and Dama, the latter is originally from vineyards in which the plant is near the bedrock, so it produces more austere and mineral wines. He described the last vintage from 2014 as one of the best Spanish Grenaches and gives it a score of 95 points.
  • Viña Zorzal: a winery that has reborn thanks to the will of the sons of the founder, advised by Jorge Navascues. According to Luis, they have the oldest Grenache vines he has ever seen in the village of Fitero. The progress of the winery is extremely fast. The 2015 vintage has taken a qualitative leap and what he has tasted from 2016, in the barrel, is even better. It is important to highlight their Malayeto 2014, with 92 points. One of Luis’ intuitions on his trip to Navarre.

Aragón

The rediscovered Grenache is from this region. As in the case of Navarre, Gutierrez had not visited the region since 2014. In this area, dominated by large cooperatives, the changes materialise in slow motion. Therefore, the evolution with respect to his last visit is not so evident. Nevertheless, small new projects are giving a new value to the vineyards and wines of Aragón.

One of the outstanding projects are the wines from Bodegas Frontonio, located in the Valdejalón valley. It is led by three people: Fernando Mora, an oenologist who is about to pass his test for the Master of Wine, Francisco Latasa and Mario López, who provide the family vineyards. At present, they own 50 hectares with more than 85% of the area planted with indigenous varieties. We have to point out their Botijo ​​Rojo Garnacha 2015, with 90 points, or Frontonio Supersónico 2015, with 93. In whites, Frontonio Microcósmico Macabeo 2015 has attained 92 points. This team also has another project in Campo de Borja, where they produce in the town of Aizón. Their aim is to produce wines that are more refreshing and less mature.

Another important winegrower in Aragón is Norrel Robertson. The wines of Escocés Volante continue to evolve from its base in Carignan, alongside a couple of vintners of the area. Their wines pursue lightness; the Manda Huevos stand out, both in red, with 94 points, and white, with 93.

As for the wines produced by the most well-known wineries in the area, we highlight Borsao Bole 2014, with 90 points, a great wine with good value for money, and also, from the winery San Alejandro, Baltasar Gracián Viñas Viejas 2015, with another 90 points.

Gredos

The three valleys that make up the Sierra de Gredos are submerged in a legal battle to give a name to this region. This occurs because they belong to three different provinces: Madrid, Ávila and Toledo, and each one of them has its different denominator. Several producers have tried, without success, to be able to give them a common name and join efforts to be able to classify the different terroirs existing in Gredos.

As for the assessment of the last vintages tasted by Luis in the area, he sees the vintage 2016 as the most promising one of recent times, due to the cool weather of the year. However, 2015, a warm and dry year, has resulted in more mature wines. On the other hand, 2014, with lots of rain and hail (which in some areas affected vineyards such as Rumbo al Norte, with no bottles in that vintage) has resulted in vibrant and fresh wines with good ageing potential.

Cooperatives are rising again. One of them, Cadalso de los Vidrios, is being advised by Comando G, Dani and Fernando, in order to preserve the heritage of old vines that exists in the area. This collaboration has yielded an excellent result, a fresh and well-priced wine called Agrícola de Cadalso Garnacha, which Luis has awarded 90 points. Another interesting project in the same line, is the one of Cooperativa de Cebreros, which has produced a young and fresh Grenache in its first vintage: La Viña de Ayer 2016, which has received 89 points.

As for the wineries, according to Luis, there are several that must be pointed out:

  • 4 monos: an agile and fresh style is the main characteristic of these four winemakers. Little by little they are growing their production, since their first vintage only yielded 3,500 bottles and now they are already going on 17,000. Gutiérrez has given their two generic wines a valuable score of 90 points. It is worth mentioning their two plots: Danza del Viento la Isilla, with 94, and Palacio Quemado, with 93. Congratulations.
  • In Cebreros, Raúl Pérez alongside the people of La Tintorería de Madrid, produces the wines Vinos del Jorco. Two wines that have achieved a magnificent score: Le Batard 2014 receives 92 points, in a light and accessible style; its older brother, Vino de Familia, gets 94 points, with a somewhat more opulent but fresh style at the same time.
  • Comando G is at the top of the pyramid according to Luis Gutiérrez. Dani Landi and Fernando García have been seeking the excellence of vineyard cultivation in the valleys of Gredos in order to further refine their wines. To achieve this, they have hired Pedro Parra, a soil scholar, who helps them understand the different soil profiles and interpret them more accurately in their wines. Their plots are at the top of the ranking, Tumba del Rey Moro with 96 points and Cantos del Diablo, with 95. Their 1st Cru de Las Rozas has achieved 94 points.
  • In recent years, Canopy has also been looking for greater freshness and this last vintage has been one of the best produced by Daniel Ramos. We must highlight Canopy Viña Escondida, with 94 points, and Canopy Congo, with 93.

Finally, we have to emphasise the excellent scores of the wines from Bodega Marañones, with the magnificent 95 points of Peña Caballera, and the wines of Bernabeleva Garnacha de la Viña Bonita, with 96 points

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Rosé Wines, the time is now

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Rosé, a type of wine that disorientates consumers from mainland Spain and that quite often has the “second-class wine” stigma attached to it. With this article, our intention is to give you another perspective on this type of wine and let you sense it differently, as a product that can reach high-quality standards and, most of all, as a wine that is essential at this time of the year.

  1. Castino, a renown Italian scholar in microbiology and oenology, stated: A rosé wine is fruity, light in structure, and it is typically drunk chilled. These wines can be paired with all meals. It is true, nonetheless, that these are high-class wines. Some of them have even achieved a high reputation. They are certainly not easy to make, and they do not always receive the necessary care.

There are many types of wine in the rosé category. Below we will explain the differences in their production and the final product, as well as the different nuances of the resulting wines.

  • Saignée rosé: healthy grapes in perfect condition are necessary to produce this kind of rosé. The technique that is used consists of macerating the grapes for a few hours to make the must turn reddish, thanks to the colour of the grapes’ skin. Generally, the more contact, the more of a reddish colour the wine will have. When the producer think it is necessary, he leaves if to macerate with the skins and vats the juice without pressing. Then, the wine can be stabilised and bottled, or it can be left to age in barrels. Some good examples of this type of wine are: Gran Caus Rosado, Dido La Solución Rosa.

 

  • Direct pressing rosé: with this method, one red variety is turned into wine as if it were a white variety. Grapes are introduced in the press and they are left to macerate for a short period before they are pressed. The pressing process immediately begins. This part is paramount, as it will mark the two most important features of rosé wine: colour and tannicity. Usually, this kind of rosé has less colour intensity, but it has slightly more tannicity thanks to the pressing. The more the grape is pressed, the more colour and structure it gives the wine. In this case, Roselito would be the finest example of this category.

 

  • Clarete: this is another style of making “rosé”. It is very common in several parts of northern Spain, like Cigales or Rioja. The main difference with the other methods is that the must, formed by white and red varieties, ferments with the skins of the red grapes. This means that red grapes and white grapes, or white must, are mixed during the fermentation of the red wine. As they have a high percentage of white grape, these wines are frequently more acid and bitter, which gives them a very elegant richness. After fermentation, some wines are transferred to barrels to give them greater longevity, like the Clarete of Dominio del Águila.

As always, another essential variable to differentiate rosé wines is the grape variety, which also influences the way the wine is made. For example, with Grenache we obtain more fruity wines; with Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet, we achieve more spiciness. With these varieties, the saignée production method is commonly used, to avoid the extraction of the more tannic components.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to perceive the different nuances of the various rosé wines. We have prepared a varied selection for you to enjoy.

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    Rosé, a type of wine that disorientates consumers from Spain and that quite often has the "second-class wine" stigma attached to it. With this article, our intention is to give you another perspective on this type of wine and let you sense it differently, as a product that can reach high-quality standards and, most of all, as a wine that is essential at this time of the year.

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Decántalo collaborates providing education for refugee children in Nepal

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We are proud to announce that at Decántalo we have established a collaboration with Worldcoo, a social company for the financing of social projects. Through this company we offer our customers the chance to make a small donation when they place an order. This donation will be used in cooperation projects.

On this occasion, we ask for a small donation that will be destined to fund education for refugee children living in the Kathmandu valley (Nepal), children who were forced to flee from neighboring countries for safety reasons.
A project created by the NGO Street Child to create and equip an educational centre with school material and provide access to education for refugee children who are currently living in the streets. And also, to offer psychological support and help them recover from the trauma they have suffered due to the situation they are going through.

By providing only € 1 you are contributing to the schooling of these children. Collaborate when you place your order at Decántalo. You will see the option to collaborate in the shopping cart.

You can see the follow up of the financing of this project in this link: http://www.worldcoo.com/en/projects/education-for-refugee-children/
Be a part of it!
Thank you.

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Latest wines: new wines at Decántalo June 2017

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What a year we’ve had with the bad weather and all the damages caused to Spanish vineyards. So, this month, what a better saying than “it’s the straw that brakes the camel’s back”. So, come over and read, try and enjoy the new things we have for you this month:

Tío Pepe en Rama saca 2017: A legendary label that continues to produce its wine with character and a personal touch. The 2017 sack or “saca” is achieved by selecting the best butts of the lower level or “solera” at the Tío Pepe winery. A more golden colour and more volume in the mouth give this wine a special character year after year. A limited bottling without precedents.

Valdespino Ojo de Gallo 2016: Valdespino launches this one for the second year in a row. It comes from one of the great farms of Jerez, Macharnudo Alto. A white wine fermented and aged on its fine lees, without losing any minerality that it is given by Macharnudo Alto. The essence of the albariza soils, bottled without any masks.

Barco del Corneta 2015: El Barco has launched the Corneta once again. Once of the most genuine wines in the country made from Verdejo has returned. They get better each year, and this time they have made it once again. Balance, passions and fun, all in equal parts. Bea and her new colleague, Félix, make us sail against the tide. A total delicacy.

Amós Bañeres Vinya Oculta 2015: We present you one of the plots of Xarel.lo with more character of the Penedés. Amos always interprets the vintages in a very unique way, this time with a shorter maceration with the skins. A fluid wine with a lot of personality from the wild Penedés.

Abel Mendoza Garnacha Blanca 2016: a new vintage from all its white varieties.  This year, we present the White Grenache, for its balance and complexity. A very Burgundy winemaking where the grapes ferment in barrels to give the wine a longer finish. Complexity, salinity and straightness in equal parts. Incredible.

Versos de Valtuille 2015: The Estévez family returned to their home town of Valtuille (in the heart of El Bierzo) to recover their family and winemaking roots. A return to their origins and to their old vineyards. They have started to make wines from the base, like this Versos de Valtuille, respecting the fruit and the aromas that evoke the landscape of Valtuille de Abajo. A Mencía like those from the past.

Bernabeleva Arroyo de las Tórtolas 2015: A single plot of a Grenache vineyard that is more than 65 years old. Located at 800 metres of altitude in Sierra de Gredos (Madrid) and facing north on granite soils. Delightful fruit and vibrant minerality, bottled by Marc Isart in a dream site.

Pícaro del Águila 2015: Jorge Monzón presents an outline of what will be the new electric vintage of his first wine. The grapes used are the first to ripen in the old vineyards he owns. A must that is slowly becoming wine in his underground winery. Slowly but steadily, Jorge is becoming an essential of Ribera de Duero.

Laurel 2015: New vintage of the “smallest” one of the house of Daphne Glorian in her winery Clos Erasmus. A wine created from a meticulous selection in the vineyard, it ferments and ages in different containers. A great wine of the Priorat, powerful, mineral and Mediterranean.

Loxarel Ancestral a Pèl 2016: Josep Mitjans never ceases to surprise us year after year from his winery located in Penedés. This time, he has made an ancestral-style sparkling wine. The Xarello grape ferments its amphorae with its skins and it is bottled before it burns all the sugars, in order to produce the natural fizz in each bottle. A refreshing delight, full of aromas of yeast and citrus.

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A return to the origins of Rioja wines

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Legendary wineries have emerged from it thanks to the Bordeaux influence. Throughout the years, the DO has grown significantly. Several types of wine are produced within it, from modern to classical ones, all of them under the brands Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.  Nowadays, many small winemakers produce wine without been attached to any labels and even refusing to be under the DO. Their intention is to represent the region in a fair way, without any tags and without falling for any trends. They aim to reinterpret the aromas and flavours that reminisce their childhood. Cultivating the vines with respect for the environment and avoiding overripening. In the winery, they make wines in a traditional way, without over extractions nor excess of wood, giving the grape the starring role.

Here we show you six small wineries that we think make wines with an extraordinary personality:

Vinos Subterráneos: A winery that comes from the underground caves in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. They are currently located in Laguardia. Gabi and his friends make this wine for their own enjoyment. They want to have a good time and reinterpret the classical style of Rioja from their own point of view. They make their wine with the local varieties of the area, ageing them for long periods of time in small used barrels. They produce two wines, V/O and Herminio Bolaextra. The first one, which we present to you, is made from the three classic varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano and a small amount of Viura. A limited number of 1250 bottles that contain the pure essence of Rioja. Don’t wait to try it!

En voz baja: This young winery founded in 2012 by Carlos Mazo and Isabel Ruiz, will show us one of the most authentic profiles of La Rioja Baja. Old Grenache and Graciano vines from the region of Alfaro. Alongside the dry Mediterranean climate, they fulfil a perfect symbiosis to live together and provide the best of these varieties. The alchemy unfolds in a small winery of Aldeanueva del Ebro, with local yeasts and no filtering. 100% Pure juice from La Rioja Baja.

Bodega Azpillaga Urarte: Regarding regenerative agriculture, Eduardo is one of the leaders in the area of Lanciego (Rioja Alavesa). He makes this Viña El Pago like no other, using carbonic maceration, the most classical style of the Rioja Alavesa. A fruity wine, with body and with a long life ahead.

Tentenublo: Roberto Oliván “El Pistolero de Viñaspre” (Rioja Alavesa) is a man who is passionate about his vines. He spends his days riding his horse around the vineyards, thinking about what he can do to make them grow as well as possible. He intends to interpret his old vineyards as honestly as he can to make his Ardachos, while he plants new vines so that his children can carry on  cultivating them and enjoying them. Xérico is a drinkable wine, and with this cuvée, he wants to pay tribute to his people, who are a true reflection of what they used to drink.

El Mozo Wines: a winery we have known for some time here. We spoke with them previously in our blog post “Un día en la galaxia de El Mozo Wines”. Malaspiedras was a step forward compared to what they produced before in the family winery. A selection of the best vines and a winemaking process without intervention. Ageing in barrels so that it stabilises and gains complexity.

Abel Mendoza: and lastly, the master, the winemaker par excellence. A person we had the pleasure to meet; Abel Mendoza, the word of a winemaker. For many years, he has been making this wine, which comes from a vineyard of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, without using oenological products. Now he has reached his goal: to produce wine without disguise nor defects.

We will carry on expanding this list, as Rioja wines have great potential and exciting projects will continue to be placed on the market.

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