The last meeting with the best Spanish wines by Guía Peñín (Spanish Guide with a worldwide reputation) took place in a very special place, might it be because they were celebrating their 25th Anniversary. A big and very well illuminated with natural light venue, an iconic building: Plaza de Toros de las Ventas (Las Ventas Bullring of Madrid). Just for one day all attendees we could meet the best and most prestigious Spanish wines at an historical building.
I was very surprised of that sunny day because just the week after the Big Day we had non-stop rainny days and we were all lucky that not a single drop of rain fall that day.
Our experience was very short despite we spent the whole day there. We met lots of old friends, winemakers and some wine tasters along the day so we could only taste a little few. It was pretty intense and delightful day!
This was our experience. Enjoy the reading.
The fool on the hill
With all due respect I name this Maestro, never said better (as the winemaker’s name is Alfredo Maestro), this man elaborates different and very original wines but as you might guess the quality of the result made him to be chosen by Peñin as some of the best Spanish wines among some big names from the Spanish wine industry.
His wines have at least 93/100 points.
El Rey del Glam. Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León. Garnacha (Grenache). In the nose attacks with strawberry and roses flowers notes. Nice aromas. Surrounding and complete.
In the palate is very salty, fruity (strawberry), very light but full-bodied, well-balanced and a refreshing acidity.
Viña Almate Garnacha (Grenache). 2011. Nominated to “Stand-Out Wine”, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León. 94 points. Mix of roses and butter in the nose with balsamics, coffee, tobaco and red fruits tones. In the palate is elegant, fresh, well-balanced with a resemblance to a “Premium Gin”. Really nice.
El Marciano 2012. Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León. 93 Peñin Points. In the nose attacks with red fruits notes, pine tree, licorice and berries hues. Velvety, intense and very fruity aromas.
In the palate is tasty, fruity, well-balanced. Delightful. Different and original.
Rioja’s classic wines
Those wineries that year after yead they are called to be the Best Rioja classic wines
Marqués de Terán Selección Especial 2011. D.O. Ca. Rioja, 93 points. In the nose attacks with toffee, coffee, toasted notes and balsamic, dark chocolate hues. With an very intense colour and intense aromas of red fruits and nuts. In the palate is smooth, fresh, well-balanced, sweet, with a polished tannin. Fruity aftertaste. Elegant and tasty.
Mirto de Ramón Bilbao. 2010. D.O.Ca. Rioja. 93 points. Very intense and fruity aromas in the nose. Fruit and vanilla, velvety aromas that anticipates what the palate will bring.
In the palate is smooth, fruity, sweet, embracing taste with a touch of toffee. Delicious.
Big, elegant and different
When I say the following wineries are “big” I don’t mean exactly that they are physically big or that they sell enourmus quantity of bottles along the year, I mean they are big in they way the make and produce their wine, they are genious winemakers working for their ownselves, making those wines they always wanted to make, and so the quality of their wines we could all taste and prove by ourselves that day. Not to be missed as they are the future.
Crápula Soul. 2011. D.O. Jumilla. 93 points. In the nose attacks with fruity, toasted oak barrel notes with plums and red fruits hints. Fine oak barrel and aromas. Elegant.
In the palate is smooth, very well-balanced with spices hints, polished tannins, tasty and balsamic notes. Persistent and elegant.
1583 Albariño de Fefiñanes 2013. D.O. Rias Baixas. 93 points. Fermented in oak barrels. In the nose attacks with classic albariño aromas, sea, citrus, apple, pear, flowers and mint notes.
In the palate is sweet, smooth, fresh, well-balanced, slightly acidic. Easy to drink.
Albariño de Fefiñanes III. 2011. D.O. Rias Baixas. 97 points. One of the two best albariños in Spain. Limited edition of 5,400 bottles. In the nose attacks with toasted, citrus, lychee and flowers elegant notes. Smells a bit like the finest Amontillado. Intense and fresh aromas. Pippin and pear hints. Elegant.
In the palate is smooth, spicy, tasty, salty, velvety, elegant and fine wine. Well-balanced, perfectly structured. Smooth in the beginning and then explodes.Long aftertaste.
Alonso del Yerro. 2011. D.O. Ribera del Duero. 93 points. Strawberry, barley, cheese, mermelade, very intense aromas. Smells like “a breakfast”.
In the palate is sweet, tasty, with a polished tannin, fresh, well-balance and velvety.
Cueva de la Culpa. 2011. 14 months in oak barrel. D.O. Utiel-Requena. 93 points. In the nose attakcs with wild strawberry, sea, balsamic, mint, compote, dark tobacco and leather notes.
In the palate is very, very fruity, fresh, well-balanced, full-bodied. Tasty. Delicious.
Godeval Cepas Vellas. 100% Godello. 2013. D.O. Valdeorras. In the nose atacks with pear, lychee, citrus, fruit and hay notes.
In the palate is smooth, salty, easy to drink, light and with a bit metallic taste.
Finca Valiñas. 100% Albariño. Aging in lees. 2012. D.O. Rias Baixas. 93 points. In the nose attacks with toasted oak barrel, nuts and varietal notes.
In the palate is salty, smooth, refreshing and elegant.
The Best Ribera del Duero, almost perfect.
Regardless of wether I think about how some wines have reached fame and high prices, the truth is that Pingus 2012 with 98 Peñin points becomes the most perfect Ribera de Duero. In the palate is silky, smooth and well-balanced. Not easy to find here a fault on this wine.
Flor de Pingus. 2012. D.O. Ribera del Duero. 94 puntos. In the nose attakcs with berries and licorice notes. In the palate is fresh, well-balanced, with a sweet tannin and tasty notes.
Despite the critiques of the venue, we spent the whole day there and we never find a problem when tasting the wine with not very nice smells. To be honest, it is probably one of the best venues to celebrate these kind of events- there was enough space for everyone!. I hope to visit again toghether with the best Spanish wines.
Have you had the chance to visit this event? What was your experience? Thanks for sharing!