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Lavinia Winestore, Madrid

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After having spent some time in Madrid visiting museums and eating tapas, I was on my own for 2 days and had to find a meaningful occupation for myself. Since I already got my dose of art and architecture, I decided to become hedonistic and locate my favorite wine shop Lavinia which I already thoroughly inspected in Paris (they now have shops in Barcelona and Geneva also). Of course, I expected the Madrid mothership to also have a specimen of my favorite toy and I wasn’t disappointed. In the end I spent nearly 3 hours in the store, sipping what “the machine” had to offer. Here are my notes.

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2007 Predicador Blanco, Rioja, Benjamin Romeo. A white cuvée made of Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia and Viura. Weird nose to me: rather floral but reminding cidre and furniture polish at the same time. A bit stinging on the palate, rather high acidity, some wax, slightly alcoholic, a little salty in the finish and a very good length. This is a totally untypical wine to me but I would also agree with you if you think my notes are a bit untypical too. Read the rest of this entry »

2005 Idus de Vall Llach, Priorat

“Idus” is the name of the second wine of Celler Vall Lach which is located in Porrera within the Priorato region. It is a Cuvée of mainly Carinena and Garnacha grapes, but also includes varieties such as Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet. Colour is dark and brilliant with great intensity. Big tears on the inside of the glass instantly remind that the label announced 15,5 % alc. Intense nose of cherries and Vanilla, but also some herbs and tar; unfortunately also a slight alcoholic tone is puncturing. After 3 hours of decanting, tannins are feeling soft on the palate. Fruit is very intense and clear of cherries, reminding a little of cherry-jam, but on the other hand it is by far not as jammy as some other modern Spanish wines. On the mid-palate a little bitter-tone is also noticeable and on the back end of the palate the alcoholic afterburner is quite strong. All in all this is not something I love really, but not truly a bad wine either, I just don’t like that strong alcohol touch.(btw I already had wines with 16% which didn’t feel alcoholic at all). Then again this could be much better with the right food match 87-89

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A Drive through Priorato

During our small road trip through Eastern Spain we seized the occasion and drove through one of the most interesting wine regions of the moment. Priorato is located approximately 150 Km Southwest of Barcelona next to the river Ebro. The region is mostly mountainous and the vines are growing on rather steep slopes within a dramatic landscape. Taking the tiny roads can be dizzying, especially when they are winding around these steep slopes and a local follows closeby and nearly pushes your car.
We drove through Gratallops, Torroja and Porrera, 3 villages where some famous winemakers such as René Barbier (Clos Mogador), Alvaro Palacios, Rotllan Torra and Cims de Porrera have their cellars.
The interesting story concerning this region is that it was already on the way to disappear from the wine map, when 20 years ago, French winemaker René Barbier came there and realized the potential of old Carinena vines within this microclimate. Since then, the region is booming and makes some of the most Read the rest of this entry »

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