The town of Cenicero in the Rioja region of Spain is home to Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres. The winery produces 5 red wines, 3 white wines, and 1 rose wine. The varietals they use for their wines include Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano, and Malvasia.
The 2010 Marqués de Cáceres Rosado was 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks (no oak at all). The label listed ABV was 13.5%. The winemaker recommends consumption within 21 months from the date of its vintage.
With all the Italian Rosati I have been enjoying this summer, I was dying to try a good Spanish Rosado. Unfortunately, most of the local stores only had very old vintages available. Eventually, I was lucky enough to find the 2010 Marqués de Cáceres Rosado at a discount beverage store. I’ve known Marqués de Cáceres wines for many years and commented on their Gran Reserva a few months back.
I was looking forward to trying their Rosado.
Marqués de Riscal was founded in 1858. Based in the town of Elciego, in the Rioja region of Spain, it is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. In addition to the red wines produced out of Rioja, the winery has expanded to the Rueda area where they produce white wines.
The 2001 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva was a red blend consisting of Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo (Carignan). The wine was aged in American oak for 32 months and spent an additional 3 years aging in the bottle prior to release (The great thing about Spanish wines is that the wineries age the wine for you.). The label listed ABV was 14%.
The first wines I ever drank came from Rioja. Over the years, I had tried Marqués de Riscal Reserva, but I had never tasted the Gran Reserva until I attended the Wine Spectator Grand Tour in New York City in May of 2012. The Gran Reserva was delicious that night. Unfortunately, the evening was not conducive to note taking.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found the Gran Reserva in stock at a local beverage store.
The town of Pesquera de Duero is home to Bodegas Emilio Moro in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. The winery produces six different red wines.
The 2007 Emilio Moro was 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). The wine was aged in American and French oak for 12 months. The ABV was 14% and there were roughly 30,000 cases of this vintage produced.
I hadn’t tasted Emilio Moro for close to a year, not because I didn’t care for it, I was just focusing on other things. I had the opportunity to pick up a bottle and decided to give it a try.
Bodegas del Palacio is located in the town of Cambados in the Rias Baixas region of Spain. The winery produces three white wines using the Albariño variety, as well as orujo, a Spanish liqueur.
The 2010 Albariño de Fefiñanes was 100% Albariño. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks. The labeled ABV was 13%.
In the midst of my research into the Albariño variety, I came across a timely blog post by David Lincoln Ross on his visit to Bodega del Palacio de Fefiñanes in Galacia. On the basis of his comments, I set upon a search for the winery’s product.
I was able to locate the 2010 Albariño de Fefiñanes. This turned out to be a good thing. In fact, I need to find some more of these.
The vineyards of Bodegas La Cana are located in the town of Ribadumia, in the province of Pontevedra, Spain. The vineyards are at the northern part of the Rias Baixas region.
The 2010 La Cana Albarino was 100% Albarino. The wine was aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks (80%) and French oak barrels (20%) for 6 months. The label listed ABV was 12%.
I have been on a search for my ideal Albarino. Previously, I had tasted Albarinos from Dom Bardo and Martin Codax. In his comments on my Dom Bardo post, a fellow wine blogger, Anatoli Levine of Talk-A-Vino (you should really go visit his blog, if you haven’t already) recommended La Cana to me.
I diligently set out to procure a bottle.
Bodegas Martin Codax is located in the town of Cambados in the Rias Baixas region of Spain. The winery produces five white wines and four liqueurs.
The 2010 Martin Codax Albarino was 100% Albarino. The wine was aged in stainless steel vats. The ABV was 12.93%.
I once had a superb Albarino. Of course, I did not take note of the name. Since then, I have been on a search for a great Albarino. I came across the Martin Codax at Wine Sellers. (I have also tracked down some La Cana Albarino, referred to me by Talk-A-Vino. I am picking it up this week and look forward to trying it.) My last go with this variety was the 2008 Dom Bardo Albarino. That venture did not fare very well.
Fortunately, things went better with this bottle of wine.
Bodegas Valduero is located in the small town of Burgos in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. The winery produces a white, a rose, and several red wines. The reds include Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva.
The 2004 Bodegas Valudero Reserva Premium 6 Anos was 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). The wine was barrel aged in four different types of oak for 36 months, and then spent an additional 36 months aging in the bottle. The label listed ABV was 14%.
While I have enjoyed many wines from Ribera del Duero, I was not familiar with Bodegas Valduero. The six years of aging intrigued me.
I decided to give the wine a try.