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.
In the glass the wine is a deep cherry red with bricky hues at the rim. The bouquet displays rich and complex aromas of black cherry, plum, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla, interwoven with a mellow earthiness. The impression in the mouth is soft and velvety as the extended aging of this Rioja Reserva presents a well matured tannic structure that leads to a long and lingering finish. A delicious wine for a cold winter’s evening.
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.