XVII Show of the Peñín Guide’s Best Spanish Wines

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Last Thursday, 27th October, we attended the annual show of the best Spanish wines organised by the Peñín Guide in the Palacio de Congresos in Madrid. More than 150 wineries exhibited their best wines valued by the Guide; a great opportunity to try the most distinguished in the Spanish winemaking sector.

The day started at midday. The first thing we did was go and meet the wineries that don’t form part of our extensive catalogue (pay attention because we will tell you about some of these soon). Next, we headed over to the wineries that we currently have in our portfolio to try their new vintages. The following stood out:

Dominio del Águila: This is one of the trendy partnerships in Ribera del Duero. Their wines are treasures, full of character thanks to the hard work of Jorge Monzón and Isabel Rodero when interpreting the surrounding landscape. Their Reservas and Gran Reservas can be kept to continue improving,  and their Pícaros are intended to be enjoyed up until the last drop. They let us try a white Albillo from 2012 which will be released to the market even at such a young age, although it is likely to become a classic in the region.

Suertes del Marqués: Jonatán García is a vintner from the Orotava Valley in Tenerife. The winery concentrates the volcanic character of the region, bottling it in different shades. Phosphorus, fruit and liveliness in equal measures transport you to the slopes of this incredible valley in the Canary Islands. Their Vidonia stands out, an austere and mineral Listán Blanco.

Viña Zorzal: Xabier Sanz and his brother couldn’t miss this show with their Malayeto. It is a fantastic Garnacha grown in Fitero and produced very smoothly.

Bodega Algueira: If there are key figures in Priorat that make the region well-known and give it a high standing, then in Ribera Sacra, one of the greatest pioneers in the area would be Fernando, owner of the Algueira winery. Their single-variety Merenzao and Brancellao continue being spectacular.

Alfredo Arribas: Their whole range is of a high quality, in Montsant as well as in Priorat, and we would highlight their magnificent Trossos Tros Blanc 2008 Magnum. It stands out for its youth and the life it still has ahead of it. We also tried wines from their other winery in Montsant called Siurana, which are natural with a limestone profile.

Bertrand Sourdais: An expert on soil, Sorian vineyards and currently one of the most influential people in Ribera del Duero. He tries to express them in two different projects. The first, La Hormiga del Antídoto, has a profile in which the dry tannins and the wood are more noticeable. The other gem in the crown is Dominio de Es; their Viñas Cuvée has a fresh and smooth character and, La Diva, their cherished vineyard, offers a fleshy wine with distinct personality.

Pardas: An icon in Penedés. These are wines full of Ramón’s personality. He presented Aspriu, the white as well as the red, from the 2012 vintage; a Xarel.lo which doesn’t seem to age a day.

Telmo Rodríguez: They produce wines in different regions in Spain. We think the red wines from Valdeorras and Rioja, As Carbocas and A Falcoeira, have a special magic, they are smooth with a great balance, structurally gifted in a way that makes them unforgettable. Up until now, their greatest work is in Rioja (cultivated near where Telmo grew up), nowadays Las Beatas is one of the greatest wines from Rioja.

Dominio de Pingus: A key part of Ribera de Duero in the last few years couldn’t be missing from the show. We tasted their best iconic wines, PSI 2014 with a very fruity profile and Pingus 2015-2013, one of the most exciting wines from Ribera del Duero.

Artuke: A relatively new winery with a new profile in Rioja. These are wines that express the earth and traditional varieties without allowing them to be masked by the wood. It should be noted that Finca los Locos 2014, because it was created on a hillside with very little soil, has a high concentration of fruit as a result.

Scala Dei: Since the introduction of Ricard Rofes as oenologist, the winery has changed spectacularly. Their single-plot wines, Mas Deu and Sant Antoni, made in cement and aged in large barrels, are already model examples in Priorat.

Recaredo: This winery is a clear example that a great cava comes from a great vineyard. The biodynamic viticulture, the single-plot wines and the lengthy ageing processes give each of the cuvées a singularity as a result. Turo d’en Mota 2005 is spectacular even as young as it is.

In conclusion, it was a very appealing exhibition, where we were able to try fantastic Spanish wines, although there were also some noticeable absences.

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