W ine World hosted a “Classical Wines of Spain” tasting seminar on Friday, October 19. They tasted ten wines with a break for heavy hors d’oeuvres. The evening’s presenter was Lisa Bonet of Classical Wines.
Classical Wines has since the early 80s has focused on importing wines from quality, individual family vineyards of Spain. Lisa will be our guide as we sample ten classic Spanish wines from Cava to Rioja, Albarino, Godello, Mencia, a sherry made from the Pedro Ximenez grape harvested in 1988, among others. Lisa will share stories about the families that make these wines, their histories, and how they are produced.
The wines presented:
Mont Marcal Brut Rosé.
A fun way to start off. Lots of red fruit, really delicious bubbly.
“Colorful stuff, like the flesh of a wild King salmon. The nose offers dried cherry, nectarine and some carbon dioxide. Fresh and tangy in the mouth, with pink grapefruit as the primary flavor despite its Pinot Noir DNA.
Mont Marcal Brut “Extremarium”
“Pale yellow in color, giving off light bubbles and crown making. Intense touches of fresh fruit (citrus fruit, apple and pineapple), together with touches of yeast and bread making, and an anisette background with touches of hay. Dry but intense mouth-tasting, good carbonic detachment, fruity aroma, long and persistent final touch.
It is an ideal Cava for drinking with an aperitif and a great variety of dishes, from fish and shellfish to light meat, pasta, rice, salads, smoked foods, sausages, etc. The light presence of carbonic fizz makes it refreshing and an ideal complement for digestion processes.
[90 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate~
Mont-Marcal’s entry level Brut Reserva and Brut Rosado are excellent values noted on the Best Buy chart at the end of this report. The N.V. Brut Extremarium is light straw-colored with persistent small bubbles and aromas of mineral, wheat thin, and green apple. Intense and crisp on the palate, this nicely balanced sparkling wine offers a very good rapport between price and quality.]
[90 Wine & Spirits~
With notes of green tea and soft touches of mint, this wine’s firm bubbles sustain its flavors of citrus and herbs. The acidity runs deep into a spicy finish.]
Peza do Rei Godello, 2017
“This light-bodied white shows impressive energy, with quince and tangerine flavors mingling with floral and mineral notes. Pure, lively and expressive.”
Legado del Conde Albariño, 2017
“A full-bodied, serious, dry Albariño similar to its sibling Morgadío incorporating wines made from the first pressing in a comparatively softer and more floral style.
Morgadío is the easternmost inland estate in D.O. Rías Baixas, located in the subdistrict of Condado do Tea. Albariño’s revelation as one of the wine world’s noble white varieties is due in large part to work done at this property from the mid ’80s to the mid ’90s.”
Bodegas Carchelo “C” Jumilla Red Blend, 2016
“Elaborated separately then blended and aged four months in French oak, these four varieties come together to shape a well structured, concentrated, and intensely aromatic blend. A velvety and round palate is highlighted by red fruit and mineral notes with a long finish.
Blend: 35% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah”
Peza do Rei Mencia, 2016
Wine Enthusiast 89 points: “Raspberry, wild herb and schisty aromas are key to the nose on this Mencía. A fresh, acidic palate is banging and racy, not subtle. Berry-fruit flavors are amplified by high acidity, while this is bright, energetic, floral and minerally on the finish.”
Vina Magna “Seis Meses”, 2016
100% Tempranillo aged six months in French oak. Selected grapes from limestone and gravel soils. Ripeness is tempered by intense freshness of flavor, with soft tannins. A supple, deeply fruity yet elegant style that deftly combines oak spice and fruit. “Very pleasant indeed with suave spicy cherry, a rich texture and sweet vanilla on the finish.“ 90 Points, Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.
Vina Magna Crianza, 2011
Deep robe and structure are highlighted by pronounced minerality on the nose and a focused, saturated and persistent finish.
[93 Wine Enthusiast~
“Ultraripe aromas of blackberry, cassis, raisin, tobacco and vanilla lead to a plush flush palate with kick-ass tannins. This tastes of baked blackberry, cassis and chocolate, while the finish is stout and dense as a brick. If you like full-bodied, ripe and saturated reds, this was made for you. Drink through 2025.”]
Valenciso Rioja Reserva, 2011
[92 The Wine Advocate~
“The elegant and balanced 2011 Reserva, cropped from a warm and dry year, was produced exclusively with Tempranillo grapes from the Haro region that were fermented uncrushed in concrete vats, including malolactic. The wine matured for 18 months in 90% French barriques and 10% oak barrels that, for the first time, were produced with oak from the Caucasus, which they like for its fine grain. There’s black rather than red fruit here and some notes of licorice and ink with a touch of leather, a quite powerful and ripe vintage for this bottling. It has abundant, fine-grained tannins and a long, dry finish. 104,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in the spring of 2015.”]
Albala Gran Reserva PX 1988
“Select lots of Pedro Ximenez are destined for oak barrels, sealed and left for decades in single-vintage state. After a minimum of 25 years, vintages are selected for release only when they have attained classic character. Opaque, black mahogany color with a caramel-like bite.”
[93 James Suckling~
“This is very fresh and dense with dried orange peel, toffee and caramel aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, very sweet and flavorful. Maple syrup aftertaste. Fascinating sweet wine. Drink now.”]
Where: 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

e-mail: wineworld@wineworldsc.com.
When: Friday, October 19, 2018, 7pm. The Seminar will begin promptly at 7pm
Cost: $30 per person, $25 Wine Club Member. Reservations are required as space will be limited. Payment is necessary to ensure your seat.


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