The White of Vinyes del Terrer, La mer in D.O. Tarragona

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

287/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Tarragona – Vila-Seca – Vinyes del Terrer – Blanc de Terrer 2012

blanc_del_terrer(1)Blanc de Terrer 2012, 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Pale, bright yellow with green iridescence, shows that it’s a young wine. The nose picks up intense expression of its terroir, with direct white pepper notes and mineral. White stone fruit, freshly cut grass, apricot and a very slight hint of anise come through as secondary aromas. Lemon peel and thyme, after some time of aeration. In the mouth it is clean and fruity. Gentle white fruit, lees which is not taking over, fleshy, peach and apricot. Full in the mouth with sensations described above, with a sweet and greasy feel, intoxicating. I would love this one with a prawn risotto!

La Mer…..

…., we should never underestimate the importance of the sea, especially when it comes to its influence on the vineyards, and as such, the final product. Vinyes del Terrer…

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Vinos del Paseante, Midnight Rambler in D.O. Montsant

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

284/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Montsant – Vinos del Paseante – El Pispa 2012

Midnight Rambler………,

el-pispa-2012El Pispa 2012, 100% Garnatxa

Cherry red colour with ruby highlights. Ripe, fruity, mineral touches and well-integrated toasted notes. Easy flowing and gives of a bunch of red fruit aromas, fresh and sweet spice notes from the barrel aging. On the palate it is lively, full of flavour and well-balanced, palate texture is nice and smooth and balanced with a finish of sweet fruit leaving a fresh, fruity aftertaste to be savoured at length.  Grilled red meat, barbecues, stews, jugged hare or rabbit, game, mushrooms, sheep’s cheese, grilled blue fish, salted cod, dried fruit and nuts, sun-dried tomatoes are just some of the foods that would work well with this wine.

GArnacha

Grown on the slopes of the Montsant range in calcareous clay soil, the old goblet-pruned Grenache vines produce full-bodied, complex wines. The Grenache grapes are handpicked
and fermented…

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Wine Making at Jane Ventura, 100 Years in D.O. Penedes

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

274/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – El Vendrell – Jane Ventura – Sumoll 2009

100 Years…..,

Jane Ventura 100

The whole year! 2014, we’re celebrating during the whole year! You don’t celebrate a birthday, you celebrate the birth year!  At least if you are Catalan! You invite family, friends, known and unknown, everyone is welcome and that’s what makes it a party! There are several occasions during this year during which Jane Ventura winery are going to make sure that as many as possible get to know that they have turned 100! Yesterday evening was one of those occasions and I for one were happy to be there! The wines they brought out for everyone there to taste, were not run of the mill!

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Some of the wines were from the standard range, others were brought our from the cemetery, so we were able to do some historical vertical tastings, and others still…

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Winery Terra Remota, Lulu’s Back In Town, D.O. Empordà

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

265/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Empordà – Sant Climent De Sescebes – Terra Remota – Terra Remota Tan Natural 2013

Lulu’s Back In Town……..,

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Terra Remota Tan Natural 2013, 100% Garnacha Tinta

A «natural style» wine. Seductive ruby robe with hints of violet. The nose is that of fresh grapes, crisp and healthy, a mount of crushed red fruits. A frank palate, fine and light but also firm, with very fine tannins. A pleasant wine whose charming frankness invites you to try it. Terra Remota launched this wine in 2013, using inspired elaboration, to respond to nearby traditional working models of the area and to convey the freshness and naturalness of the popular wines of the area. That was the beginning of Tan Natural, which the company claims is “the most casual and frank Terra Remota wine, moreover, thanks to a very competitive price, it becomes a perfect entry level wine” to discover…

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