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On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Grandes Pagos – the main tasting (Spain)

03 Jan 2019

 

(October 2018) ... Truly a very eye-opening experience based on the group Grandes Pagos d’Espana – which was established in the year 2000 by five estate wineries whose sole purpose was to deepen and promote the concept of Grinon 2011single estate wines within Spain, because that is what a “Pagos” is, a single estate – their goal is to express origin and typicity based on soil and climate, or as is more commonly known as “Terroir”.

In 2004 they established their name of Grandes Pagos d’Espana with 12 estates under their umbrella; today they number 29 wineries – with a rotating number of wineries. If quality standards drop for two years in a row a member can be removed, while others are continuously submitting wines with an effort to get in.

Not all these wines fall into Spain’s legal DOC or IGP domination standards, it’s the expression of the terroir they are looking for, not the legal definition of sanctioned wines. Currently these wineries represent 30 varieties (20 red / 19 white) and 4.5 million bottles, 18 viticultural zones, 1881 hectares, many are just small properties – maybe you’ve heard of some of them. Let’s take a look at some of the eye-popping wines from the major first tasting day of this visit which happened at Lavinis wine store and bar – 14 wines were tasted and these were my selections with links to some of the best:

Aalto 2016 Aalto … **** (full review here)


Abadia Retuerta 2014 Pago Negralada … *** ½+


Belondrade 2016Belondrade 2016 Belondrade y Lurton, Verdejo … *** ½+ (full review here)


Bodegas E Mendoza 2015 Estrecho … ****+ - (full review here)


Dehesa del Carrizal 2014 Seleccion Privada … **** - (full review here)


Fillaboa 2016 Seleccion Finca Monte Alto, Albarino … ***+


Marques de Grinon 2011 Graciano … **** ½ - (full review here)


Mauro 2016 Mauro … ****+ - (full review here)


Numanthia 2014 Numanthia … ****+ - (full review here)

Numanthia 2014
Propiedad de Arinzano 2014 Gran Vino Tinto … *** ½

 

 

 

We Are d’Abruzzo – 50th Anniversary

17 Dec 2018

September 2018 ...

Located in South Central Italy the region of Abruzzo is a red wine lovers paradise producing 80% reds.  Montepulciano makes up 17,000 hectares while their most planted white variety, Trebbiano, a mere 5,000 hectares.  Home to 8 IGT, 8 DOC and 1 DOCG dominations amongst 4 sub-regions: Chieto (83%), Pescara (10%), Teramo (6%) and L’Aquila … The top 3 markets for these wines are Germany, the US and Canada …

Below are my top wines from this tasting along with a few links to my top wines for a full review:

Azienda Tilli 2016 Lupus, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ***
Azienda Tilli 2017 Concetto, Terre di Chieti Pecorino … *** ½
Bosco Nestore 2012 110, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … *** ½+
Bosco Nestore 2013 Pan, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … ****
Casal Thaulero 2016 Orsetto Oro, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Casal Thaulero 2010 Thale, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Codice Citra 2013 Caroso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … *** ½+
Codice Citra 2016 Ferzo, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … **** ( full review here)
Codice Citra 2017 Ferzo, Terre di Chieti Pecorino … *** ½
Colle Moro 2017 Club, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ***+
Colle Moro 2017 Alianto, Terre di Chieti Pecorino … *** ½
Collefrisio 2013 Vignaquadra, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Collefrisio 2011 Semis, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ****
Dora Sarchese 2014 Rosso di Macchia, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Fontefico 2014 Titinge, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … **** ( full review here)
Il Feuduccio 2015 Fonte Venna, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Il Feuduccio 2014 Feuduccio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Nicola di Sipio 2013 Di Sipio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … ***+
Nicola di Sipio 2015 Di Sipio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Tenuta Ulisse 2015 Amaranta, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … **** ( full review here)
Tenuta Ulisse 2016 Ulisse, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Valle Martello 2012 Prima Terra, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ***+

 

 

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