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La Gourmet Box brings you a trilogy of exceptional Spanish wines in an elegant package, the perfect gift hamper for a wine-loving friend or anyone who likes thinking—and sipping—outside the box. Each of these bottles is crafted with exquisite care, and two of them come from tiny wineries. The experience begins with a 2015 Rioja Reserva that was chosen as the "institutional wine" of the Rioja D.O.Ca. (Qualified Designation of Origin). Next, it's time to uncork a very fine Catalonian wine that will delight Spanish wine fans.. Finally, savour a gem from one of Spain's smallest wineries that still has us raving. And of course, since it's a gift hamper, we've included a few little surprises to round out the experience.
Oscar Tobía Reserva, 2015 Rioja Reserva, red wine (75 cl)
Institutional wine of the D.O.Ca. Rioja, chosen by the Regulatory Board. Grand Gold Medal and Best Rioja at Mundus Vini (Germany).
Winery: Bodegas Tobía.
Our wine tour of Spain's exclusive Qualified Designation of Origin continues with a visit to La Rioja and the splendid wines of Bodegas Tobía.
The 2015 vintage was a fantastic year with weather in the Rioja. The quality of the grapes was excellent, and the Tobía Reserva rose to the occasion.
The best Tempranillo grapes from three vineyards in the Upper Rioja were used in this wine, and the unique characteristics of each vineyard give this splendid red a richly nuanced flavour. To bring out the best in this 100% Rioja wine, a small percentage of Graciano from younger stock was added. This 2015 Rioja Reserva is aged for 24 months in barrels made of French and Hungarian oak. After being allowed to stabilise naturally, the wine is bottled unfiltered and left to complete the ageing process on the winery shelves.
The bouquet is a symphony of aromas, beginning with dark ripe fruit like raisins, cherries and cranberries. These are followed by spicy notes of black pepper, clove and cinnamon, which yield to hints of aromatic herbs such as mint and finish with delicate notes of oak, cedar, unsweetened chocolate and tobacco leaves.
The mouthfeel is pleasingly velvety, unctuous and very voluminous with well-polished tannins. Very structured and full-bodied but with a nice hint of freshness, it delivers a long, lingering finish bursting with sensations and complex nuances. A truly superb specimen of Rioja red! No wonder it was named the region's official "institutional wine"...
Pairing suggestion: ideal with Iberian cold cuts and grilled meats, especially lamb and beef.
Serving temperature: 16–18ºC.
TRAMP 2017. Crianza red wine, DO Catalunya (75 cl)
Winemaker: Jordi Castellví, CAN GRAU VELL.
To conclude our tempting trio, we've selected a bottle from one of the smallest wine-making enterprises in Catalonia.
Nestled in a vale at the foot of Mount Montserrat, in the village of Hostalets de Piérola, Jordi Castellví (whose surname means "wine castle" in Catalan—coincidence or fate?) has cultivated three hectares of land the old-fashioned way since the year 2000. The property, with farm buildings that include an on-site winery, is surrounded by forest and stands at an altitude of 350-400 metres above sea level. The 3-hectare vineyards have a planting density of 6,500 vines per hectare and are divided into three zones: the terraced upper vineyards grow in two types of soil, one predominantly slate and the other reddish clay; the middle zone has stony soil; and the lower part boasts a finer, less rocky soil.
Initially, the estate’s technical management was handled by the Pérez Ovejero family, which also owns Mas Martinet in the Priorat region.
Tramp 2017 is a coupage of 5 different varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet, Marselan and Mourvèdre), barrel-aged for 10 months to achieve savoury perfection. With a beautiful bright cherry-red colour, this wine has an exuberant bouquet dominated by notes of fresh red berries (raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) combined with a range of more toasted aromas like nuts (roasted almonds and hazelnuts) and raisins. Good tannin structure in the mouth and delicious hints of luscious, flavourful red fruits with a persistent finish.
Pairing: perfect with white meat dishes, grilled chicken or roast rabbit.
Serve at 14–15º C.
Alcor 2013, Garage wine, DO Catalunya red wine 2013 (75 CL)
Winery: Jordi Castellví, CAN GRAU VELL.
Alcor is the great wine of the Bodega Can Grau Vell, named after a star in the constellation of the Great Bear.
The 2013 vintage is a blend of syrah, 28% Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan and Monastrell and is a magnificent wine... Alcor 2013 has a beautiful deep maroon colour with red brick reflections. On the nose it is very seductive and complex, with notes of red and black ripe fruit, reminiscent of blackberry jam and ripe strawberries. Gradually, spicy touches of black pepper, toasted coffee, dried flowers, eucalyptus and smoke appear. In the mouth it has a silky and voluminous entry, with a lot of body thanks to the fleshy and polished tannins that wrap around the palate and give it a good structure. The finish is intense and very long, with notes of redcurrant, toasted wood and tobacco.
A full-bodied red that is at its best and will go perfectly with great dishes of roast meat, big game, and old goat and cow cheeses. A magnificent wine for special occasions!
Served between 15-16º.
BON VOYAGE in the vineyards of Spain!
Review byCarlos Rovira
Una caja de regalo muy cuidada, los vinos excelentes y la atención al cliente fantástica. Nunca visto en la web de mi experiencia...
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