Bodega Miquel Jane, Que Se Sepa in D.O. Penedes

285/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Guardiola de Font-Rubí – Bodega Miquel Jane – Blanc Baltana 2012

Que Se Sepa……..,

blanc-baltanaBlanc Baltana 2012, 50 % Macabeo, 35 % Parellada and 15 % Sauvignon Blanc.

Pale lemon colour. Expressive aromas of fresh peach, pear, mango, floral notes and a touch of smoke and spice from the oak. Fresh and silky texture, with flavors of green apple and stone fruits. Balanced, with complexity and enveloping after taste. The first thing I noticed was pear and apple, but then as it progressed it was a bit complex, showing a tropical background. When it won temperature it got easier to notice some smoky flavours, typical of ageing, presumably it has to do with parts of the Macabeo being aged on oak. The palate is very structured, with density, with a smooth and refreshing finish. Not very powerful but quite persistent.

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In the heart of Penedès, you will find this bodega and its vineyards. The bodega owns its vineyards, split between two different parts (Cal Costas and Baltana) and is situated in Font-Rubí (province of Barcelona). The vineyard represents 51 hectares under production and has the capacity to increase it up to 150 hectares. The plots are situated at 500 meters of altitude, ensuring a day/night temperature contrast which is necessary to get a full development of the grapes and a good concentration of aromas. It will bring out well balanced aromas of ripe fruits with nice fragrances and acidity. In these wines you can appreciate the geographic nuances of each plot. The different soils and microclimates give each wine its own personality. The wines are part of the appellation, Denominación de Origen Penedés.

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U Mes U Fan Tres, Emulsified in D.O. Penedes

282/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Guardiola de Font-Rubí – U Mes U Fan Tres – Dahlia 2013

Emulsified…….,

dahliaDahlia 2013, 75% Viognier and 25% Xarel.lo

The colour is straw yellow with greenish reflections, clear and bright. This wine is characterized by its deep and elegant nose. Subtle and elegant aromas, rich in nuances, fresh fruit (mango), dried apricots with hints of minerals and stone fruit, apricot, peach and loquat. Dense, soft, warm tropical notes, complex, beautifully balanced, good acidity, long and persistent aftertaste. Wouldn’t mind spending an evening with this wine, some good friends and possibly salad with fresh cheese, prawns or spicy seafood. Works well with Asian cuisine.

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1+1=3 (U Mes U Fan Tres), and yes it is a winery and not a math class, anyway…., the project started about fourteen years ago, although the founders were fully linked to the world of wine ages ago. The 1+1=3 brand name has its origins in the sum of different synergies; the passion for the well done work in the vineyard and for the wine elaboration of the wine maker Josep Piñol; the love of Josep Anton Bonell for the precious fruit which is grown on Penedes land, the coordination of the ageing processes, the bottling and the preparation of the final products, All this together with Carles Esteves prestigious Garraf wine elaboration make these wines and Cavas recognized and sold in USA, Japan, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Finland, Italy, as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore…
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The wines and Cavas from this “project” are getting more and more appreciated in Catalonia as well as in the rest of Spain, but for some reason the foreign markets have sniffed up this wine before the general public around the corner got convinced. More or less all their products are “perfect”. if there’s such a description in the world of wine. The energies which are passed on from Carles, Josep and Josep Anton, make the 1+1=3 team carry on working for the lovers of their wines, which at the same time are the ambassadors of the portfolio.
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 The grapes used in this wine are Viognier and Xarel.l, The Viognier which is of unknown origin has been able to adapt itself very well on the highest vineyard of  ‘Can Romeu’; at an altitude of 600 m. This vineyard is known for its scented and fruity wines with stone and tropical aromas. The soil of the  ‘Can Romeu’ vineyard is deep, stony and at the same time fresh. It was planted in 2007 and the growing system used is on trellis; its exposure and orientation is north/west.
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The xarel.lo is one of the native grapes and the most emblematic variety of the Penedes area. The grape is known to give  balanced, silky wines with aromatic, fresh and fruity nuances, which usually reminds us of white fruits and is at the same time capable to surprise us with certain touches of tropical fruits. The vineyard of ‘Can Llerda’ was planted in 1956; its soil is deep, fresh with clay loam texture. Traditional growing system; south exposed and east orientated.

logo-grisThey currently produce around 150,000 bottles of Cava and 40,000 bottles of still wine, under the appellation of D.O. Penedès, In addition to these figures they produce some 100,000 bottles of an organic Rosé made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, which is made for the Swedish market. They export 75% of the total production, so for the ones living outside of Catalonia it is probably easier to encounter the wines then for us living here. They have however begun working to penetrate the wine market of Barcelona.

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Rexach Baqués, The Sidewinder in D.O. Cava

264/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – Guardiola de Font-Rubi – Rexach Baqués – Gran Carta Brut

The Sidewinder…….,

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Gran Carta Brut, 40% Parellada, 30% Macabeo and 30% Xarel·lo

Straw-yellow colour and very bright. The fine and persistent bubbles are born as a result of the ageing. The aroma is elegant, perfectly balance between fruity notes from the grape varieties and the ageing. Nice apple notes and nuts. Some fine pastries, brioche. The palate is well structured, fine and soft, tasty. Green apple-peel bite, with hints of lemon sorbet and pear, and a mineral quality. Long after taste. A quite good every day Cava. Clean sparkly that works with canapés, salty snacks, olives and seafood, and which also forms the best top-up for sparkling cocktails.

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