Spain is the third largest wine producing country in the world and whose dominant feature is the vast plateau known as the Meseta Central that covers much of central Spain. Several of Spain's principal rivers that are at the heart of many Spanish wine regions flow to the sea from that central area. These include the eastward flowing Ebro river that runs through the Rioja and several Catalan wine regions and the Duero which flows westward through Ribera del Duero.More than 400 grape vaieties are grown in Spain, but the top 20 account for more than 80% of total production. Key red varieties include Tempranillo, Bobal, Garnacha and Monastrell, while the main white varieties are Airen, Viura/Macabeo and Palomino and Albarino.Spanish wines are often labeled according to the amount of aging the wine has received, with the youngest being called Tinto or Joven. Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva indicate increasingly longer aging periods in barrel and bottle prior to release.
Viña Pomal Crianza is the flagship wine of Bodegas Bilbaínas, one of Rioja’s oldest estates, and has now been produced for over 100 years. The winery had a bottling plant near London’s Charing Cross in the 1940’s, and Viña Pomal was reputed to be a favourite of Winston Churchill. The wine is ruby with violet hues, while the nose is intense, dominated by floral and fruity aromas (black fruit) with notes of liquorice, vanilla and toasted flavours. The palate is balanced, soft and fresh. Shows good structure and soft tannins.
Cuvee Barcelona 1872 Brut Rose pays tribute to Cordoniu origins, commemorating the year in which Josep Raventos crafted the first bottle of Cava. This exceptional Cava is draped in a bottle inspired by Spain’s famous modernist stained glass windows of Gaudi.
Fresh and fruit forward, the colour in the glass is a youthful garnet-cherry colour of medium intensity with violet hues. On the nose aromas of ripe red fruit underlain with supple notes of vanilla, coconut and cocoa jump out of the glass. A very pleasant on the palate, fresh with a clean and long finish.
Cultivated on a number of plots, this is one of Raimat’s more exciting wines; the varietal is rare in this part of Spain. The wine is pale yellow in color with greenish hues. Intense aromas of citrus, dried flowers and spices with an additional hint of sweet vanilla. Raimat Albarino was the first Albarino to be introduced to the market outside of D.O. Rias Baixas.