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A tremendous evening of wine and tapas with Codorniu Raventos at Iberica Marylebone.
Oscar Urrutia presented the wines and gave us an insight into three of Spain’s most important regions, a super opportunity to compare and contrast. However some common feature ran through all the wines: the high standard of the winemaking and their superb value!
Here are the tasting notes:
Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Reserva, NV.
A fresh sparkler with citrus & ripe stone fruits and a nice touch of toasty pastry made with chardonnay by the champagne method.
Vina Pomal Rioja Blanco, 2014. 70 % Viura and 30 % Malvasía.
Nose a little subdued. Citrus notes, nice mouthfeel and a touch of toast from the American and French barrels the wine was aged in. Not particularly long.
Legaris Roble, Ribera del Duero, 2014. 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo).
Roble wines are intended for earlier drinking and with less oak and bottle aging tend as in this case to be more fruit focused. Balanced with nice high altitude freshness there is never the less a lick of coconut and vanilla that adds interest. Very drinkable & great value!
Scala Dei Garnatxa, Priorat, 2014. Grenache.
Fresh red fruits on the nose, I loved the bright crunchiness that the high acidity gives this wine, great balance, and definite mineral / stoney notes no doubt from Priorat’s famous licorella slate. A superbly made wine, one of my favourite wines of the evening.
La Vicalanda Reserva, Bodegas Bilbaínas, Rioja, 2010. 100% Tempranillo from the Rioja Alta region.
This wine was wine of the month recently and for good reason. Lovely smoky, toasty notes on the nose then dark fruit, blueberry & cherries, smooth soft round tannins on the palate, more fruit and tasty hoisin and balsamic savoury flavours. Long and very delicious.
Legaris Reserva, Ribera del Duero, 2011. 100% Tinto Fino
Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% old, then a further 2 years in the bottle before being released. This wine is definitely the roble’s big brother, darker and more powerful with concentrated dark fruit, combined with toast & coffee on the palate. Full bodied with firm but ripe tannin and great length.
Scala Dei Prior, Scala Dei, Priorat, 2013. Cabernet, Grenache & Syrah.
Dark colour from the cabernet and Syrah, Black fruit, pepper, spice & herbs on the nose, More concentrated dark fruit in the mouth, with forward mouth coating tannins and very full body, good overall balance and very long. Needs decanting or a few more years of bottle age to really unfold its many layers.
Septima Tardio, Mendoza, 2103, Argentina 100% Gewürztraminer.
This is a late harvest wine made 1,050 metres above sea level in the Southern hemisphere. Lovely floral notes mixed with an interesting whiff of vanilla and smoke on the nose. Sweet dried & exotic fruits on the palate, again with a lick of vanilla from the American oak barrels, rich without being flabby, linger nicely.
We brought in the New Year at Iberica in Marylebone a fabulous tasting from the excellent portfolio of Codorniu Raventos , presented by the charismatic Oscar Urrutia , their fine wine manager.
Codorniu is best known for their Cava, however they own 10 wineries and 20 prestigious brands in the best wine regions including Rioja and Ribera Del Duero: Codorníu, Raimat, Legaris, Bach, Scala Dei, Abadía de Poblet, Bilbaínas Winery, Nuviana, Artesa and Séptima in Argentina.
Codorniu Raventos are the oldest family business in Spain and the 17th oldest in the world. With more than 460 years of history dedicated to creating wines and cavas
Cava from Codorniu or Bilbainas
Vina Pomal – Rioja viura and malvasia fermented in barrel
Legaris Roble: young, fresh Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero
Scala Dei Garnatxa: Young Grenache from Priorat
Bread with olive oil
Spanish cheese selection with quince
Toasted bread with tomato
Selection of cured meats
La Vicalanda Reserva: Classic Rioja Alta Tempranillo
Legaris Reserva: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo concentration and fresh fruit
Scala Dei Priorat: A fanatastic example of what Priorat can offer.
Warm endive salad
Valdeón cheese & caramel coated hazelnuts (v)
San Simón cheese dip,toasted bread, sun blushed tomatoes & rocket (v)
Potatoes with spicy brava sauce (v)
Fish & chips with mojo verde sauce
Padrón peppers with Maldon salt (v)
Ibérica’s serrano ham croquettes
Seared cod with Vizcaína sauce
Fried chorizo lollipops with pear alioli sauce
The Ibérica burger with secreto pork loin & Piparra peppers
Creamy black rice with squid, prawns and alioli sauce
Septima Tardio, which is a Gewurtztraminer from vineyards in Mendoza.
Caramelised Spanish rice pudding
Chestnut crème caramel, coffee soil & chocolate ice cream
with black fruits, rich concentrated ripe blackberries , black cherries and cassis.
It has a lovely tone of herbs, tobacco and liquorice and importantly beautiful soft integrated velvety tannins .
Brilliant with searingly hot sealed organic ribeye.
Less oak than a Rioja and more fruit forward it is delicious.
Another top quality wine from the excellent Codorniu group and well worthy of the WanderCurtis July wine of the month .
There were 15 people and 13 wines. Hosted outside with jamón, tortilla, anchovies and manchego.
Round 1: Style and category of wine
Round 2: Cost of wine
Round 3: Ageing and spot the Rioja
Round 4: Same year, what’s your favourite
Wines of the evening:
For detailed tasting notes see the blog. ‘ Wine tasting trip to the Ribera Del Duero. May 20th to 23rd’
First tried with Maria, the winemaker at the fantastic Rogers 12 million euro winery. Enjoyed more at the Tempranillo event on the 22nd. Very full with purple rim. Lovely smokey nose with great length and hints of herbs. Baileys wine import Protos crianza 2006.