Tasting, Thursday July 19, 2007









Torres - Vina Esmeralda Moscatel + Gewurtztraminer Spain Bottoms Up £7.49 (3 for 2 = £5) The Penedès mountains gives Spain the ability to grow some really different wines. An outstanding accompaniment to shellfish or classic Spanish seafood while also working well with cured meats, poultry or pork. An exotically perfumed nose, with deliciously well-defined floral notes with roses and lilies. Third
Conde de Valdemar 2001 Tempranillo + Mazuelo Spain Bottoms Up £12.99 (3 for 2 = £8.66) Expertly crafted modern Rioja produced from low-yielding Tempranillo vines. The addition of 15% Mazuelo to the blend served to beef-out the wine, bestowing it the structure and acidity to marry happily with a host of different cuisines. Cherry red with a complex nose of berries, toast and vanilla. Meaty, powerful palate with fine tannins and a strong finish. Second

Conde de Valdemar
Gran Reserva 1998

  Spain Bottoms Up   A stunning wine with an explosion of dried fruits and game, a sweet core of red berries. Deep, cherry red color, with concentrated herbaceous and vanilla aromas. Meaty and rich flavors of cherry, plums and almonds with well-integrated oak, a rich velvety texture and a long, elegant finish.  
Baron de Lay - Finca Monasterio 2004 Single estate Rioja Spain Bottoms Up £19.99 (3 for 2 = £13.33) Baron de Ley is a large estate also created with a Bordeaux-like philosophy producing widely available, new-wave Rioja. This is their premium cuvee from the single monastery farm house/vineyard. It has a dark red-black hue, concentrated right out to the rim. First
Best value (tied)
La Riada Old Vines Garnacha Spain Bottoms Up   A vibrant 14 per cent alcohol red from Spain, heavy with cherry flavours and a "sweet fruit" edge that suggests violets and lipstick. It finishes dry, but there's quite a sweetness to the concentrated fruit flavours, a fantastic value wine. Best value (tied)
Altos de Tameron-Cosecha Ribera Del Duero   Spain Bottoms Up   Fantastic value wine with vibrant cherries and raspberry fruits, deep in colour and character.  
Campo Viejo Tempranillo Spain Bottoms Up   The rise of this world famous bodegas has been dramatic to say the least, 1965 producing no wine to being part of one of the world's largest drinks companies. A young and fresh rioja with bright raspberry and sweet vanilla scents and a juicy finish.  
Campo Viejo Crianza 2004 Spain Bottoms Up   A mid-weight Rioja which bridges the gap between fruity and oaky styles of Rioja. Light to medium-bodied, ripe, meaty, jammy, raspberry fruit with rounded, warm, spicy flavours and vanilla hints from it’s time in contact with the oak. Garnacha and Mazuelo compliment the Tempranillo perfectly.  
Lay and Wheeler -Cune Imperial   Spain Bottoms Up   Cune take their heritage from the fine wines of Bordeaux where the original owners got their inspiration. The imperial range is the top selection from this bodega, a fine wine that will age and develop massively in the bottle. Only the best that can be selected from the best years will be used for these reservas and are at least 70% tempranillo. Seductive sweet herbal nose with a caramel edge and sweet fruit.