A quick one today on this inexpensive but very drinkable white. A bit of a dogs breakfast of varieties: Macabeo, Verdejo, Viura and Savignon Blanc, but don’t let put you off. The bottle looks sharp too, it would look great on display in a tiny laneway bar.
I’ve been a big fan of this project, and I have to say that this is the best wine from the project in it’s short history. It’s a blend of Tempranillo (47% Tempranillo from the King Valley), Mataro/Monastrell (35%), and Grenache/Garnacha (18%, both from Patersons Lakes) aged in 3 year old barrels. As Campbell from The Winefront said in his review, there isn’t a lot of wine made from Mataro or Grenache in Victoria. If this is anything to go by, there should be a hell of a lot more of it.
Calo 2008A cheaky little joven Tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa. While tempranillo is generally a fairly tannic grape, the wines from the most elevated, northerly regions tend to be a little more tannic. A good thing in my book. I’m not going to bang on about this one, enjoyable and good value….
There is a great little vinoteca in San Sebastian called Solbes (Calle de Aldamar, 4, just accross the road from the Bretxia market. A full range of smallgoods and cheeses from all over Spain and France, great olive oil, great preserved produce and all kinds of cider, beer, spirits and wine. A well selected range inexpensive wines and a room full of the best stuff from Spain and Portugal with a smattering of France and Italy. All at very reasonable prices. Whenever I’m in Spain, I try to get here and stock up on whatever takes my fancy. Like a bottle of Mauro 2006. I bought this one at Boccaccio tho…I’ve had a couple of bottles of the 2004 lately, it’s really on song at the moment.
Miquelagel is one of those winemakers you just know you are going to like on first sight. Stocky with crazy hair, he looks like a man who spends a lot of time out in the vineyard. Bucket loads of charm and energy, plus he can spin a good yarn. A real character, plus he has that great Mediterranean hospitality of making everyone feel welcome, especially the ladies!