Preamble Tasting January 2001 
The Iberian Renaissance
Frank Searson

Thanks to Mark Downes for these notes.  Mark is generally a little more generous than I on star ratings :)

1. Marques de Alella Clasico, Alella, Spain, 1999 
Very spicy and refreshing.  11.5%. Pxxx Blanco grape.
£7.89

2. Con Class Seleccion Especial, Rueda, Spain, 1999  
Grapes Verdelho, Vinxx, Sauvignon Balnc.  Excellent, very good value.
£6.60

3. Carcelo Merlot, Agapito Rico, Jumilla, Spain 1998
Very respectable 100% Merlot.  13.5%
8.88

4. Castell del Remi, Gotim Bru, Costers del Segre, Spain, 1998
Tempranillo, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon, 12.5%.  Excellent wine, best in 3-4 years. Good value.
8.88

5. Bodegas Guelbenza, Navarra, Spain, 1998 
Lovely wine of 50% Tempranillo, 35% Cab Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 13% alcohol.  Age 2-3 years more.  Good value.
£9.42

6. Allende, Rioja, Spain, 1996
100% Tempranillo.  Aged in 3 year old French oak casks with 10% in American oak.  Not traditional, new approach for Rioja.  Keep 5-6 years.  Nice but a bit pricey.
£16.36

7. Bodegas Parxet, Tionio, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 1998
Very good, tasty.  Drinking well, will develop for a further 4-5 years.  100% Tempranillo.
£15.62

8. Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez, Condada de Haza, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 1998
Excellent fruit, wood and alcohol balance.  Will develop into a great wine over 7-8 years.  100% Tempranillo.
£14.38

9. Quinta das Setencostas, Alenquer, Portugal, 1999
Periquita, Camarate, and other local grapes.  A bit on the young side.
£6.95

10. Palha-Canas, Vinho Regional, Estremadura, Portugal, 1999
Periquita, Camarate, Touriga Nacional and others.  Tasty but a bit young. 12.5%
9.87

11. Duas Quintas, Douro, Portugal, 1997
Very good food wine.  
8.88

12. Moscatell Reserva Especial Rotllan Torra, Priorat, Portugal
Apricot & peach flavoured dessert wine, 16%. Very pleasant.
10 for 50cl

 
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