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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
For a full write up of this evening please see Discovering the wines of La Rioja Alta from the lovely Emma Symington of Wine Australia
Our host on the evening was La Rioja Alta’s export manager , the charismatic Francisco Corpas. See below for the menu and wine selection –
Tuna carpaccio, radish & sesame dressing, micro cress
Roasted loin of Welsh lamb, slow cooked lamb croquettes, cavolo nero with rosemary jus
Chocolate Brownie and Mandarin posset
Champagne Lacourte-Godbillon Premier Cru Brut NV
Champagne Vazart Coquart, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Chouilly Extra Brut NV
Albariño 2013 Lagar de Cervera, Rias Baixas
Aster Reserva 2001, Ribera del Duero
Vina Arana Reserva 2006
Viña Alberdi Reserva 2008
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005
Gran Reserva 904 2004
Gran Reserva 890 2001