The Spanish Acquisition August Tasting

TSA tasting August 2007For some reason I decided not to write up tastings when I started out, something about not being able to do the wine justice in such a small window.  I'm still not happy to give a full tasting note or score from a tasting, but I now think a quite impression is more helpful than not.  Plus I can keep all my notes in one place…

I turned up to the Tea Rooms at the Supper Club, notebook in hand, to have a look at most of the 04/06 Telmo Rodriguez gear, new Cillar de Silos, Cellars Capcanes and some other stuff.  The TSA crew were well setup and in full swing.  There where also some interesting back vintages and a vertical of Torresilo 00,03,04, and 05 which gave me a good view of the the 03, 04 and 05 vintages and confirmed in my mind that 04 is not all that it is hyped to be for all the regions of Spain.  In fact I'd say Dr. Jay has it wrong with his statements that 05 is a good vintage, but not up to the standard of 04.  I don't think you can be that black and white about a whole country's wine production.  The 03s are looking very good at the moment too.

I've skipped the stuff I've already writen about, plus I've put my last page of notes somewhere very safe. I'll post them up when I find them… 

Telmo Rodriguez

Lanzaga 2004 – Clean cherry, mulberry, undergrowth and cola with a long, spicy woody finish, showing very well.

Altos de Lanzaga 2004 – Telmo's top Rioja from Biodynamic vineyards.  A bit chary and tary on entry, with wonderfull cherry liquor, mulberry and spice.  Superb balance and length, will go years in the cellar.

Gago 2004 – Looking very good, maybe a bit better than my last taste. 

Pago la Jara 2004 - English tea garden on the nose, roses, violets.  Elegant and restrained with masses of tannins, but well balanced by the acid.  Really well done.

M2 de Matallana 2004 - earthy with violets, cherry, mulberry, smoke, minerals and iron ore.  Loads of tannins, I'd like a touch more acid but very good.  I'm buying some.

Matallana 2004 - Oooh lovely.  Oak treatment more obvious here with some coffee and nice timber notes, rose and violet with sage, dark cherry, blackberry and cola.  Excellent.


Telmo Rodriguez Almuvedre 2006 – I always find honey in this wine. Odd. Fairly straight forward in the mouth, but a great fruit driven nose of plums and spice.  Quite mineraly.

La Purisima Trapio 2004 – More into the animale side of things, cherry and plum with a seasoning of aniseed, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Enrique Mendoza Estecho 2004 – Excellent stuff this, great nose.  Sour cherries, a bit of mushroom, minerals and light spice.  Perfect balance, just the right amount of everything I want.

Cillar de Silos

Torresilo 2005 – Amazing fruit wrapped up in some great French oak.  Mulberry, cherry, coffee, spice.  This gets a big thumbs up.

Torresilo 2004 –  Not showing as well as the last visit.  Still very good, showing more herbs and undergrowth than great fruit.

TSA tasting August 2007Torresilo 2003 - Fantastic wine and will only get better. 

Torresilo 2000 – More ntegrated and looks to be at the beginning of a long drinking window.  Pure mulberry fruit with a touch of coffee and spice.  

Crianza 2005 –  As always a great nose of cherry, violets, a touch of oak and coffee.  A bit closed on the palate, but showing some nice fruit.

Crianza 2001 - Excellent balance, mulberry, freshly polished leather and spice.  Loads left in the tank.

Crianza 1996 – Fully resolved, light in colour, kind of like a light pinot.  Balanced, light flavors, very burgundy like. 

2 thoughts on “The Spanish Acquisition August Tasting

  1. I recently returned from living in the UK and thoroughly enjoyed many of the Telmo Rodriguez wines – Basa,Gaba and Al Mevedre in particular. I wonder how I might purchase this wine in Sydney?
    with thanks
    Linley Kilham

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