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Spain, Ciudad Real

Posted by Mart P, May 2, 2009.

I am going to be in Ciudad Real next week for some kind of wine event and am not at all familiar with the wines of the area. Is there anything in particular I should be looking out for? I have heard that the region has a reputation for inexpensive bulk wines, but that there are some producers moving out of that mold and making some quality wines. Which might these be? Any info or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Reply by dmcker, May 2, 2009.

Earlier in this decade, when in Spain on an extended trip, I remember being surprised by several good tempranillo blends and even a syrah under the vinos de la tierra de Castilla labeling (kindof like the vin de pays category for French wines). I had them not so much in Castilla y Leon, but in the Balearics and Catalonia (where I spent most of my time), and on a quick-yet-meandering run down to Andalucia that included a stopover in Valdapenas. They were part of a wide range of new wines (for me) I was encountering, and I didn't do any real notetaking. Just remember being pleasantly surprised by them, and thinking that the region had many new winemakers, was trying hard to improve, and should be getting better into the future.

Memories aren't entirely clear but I remember these as being quaffable: Aresan Nueve something-or-other (meses?), Ego Primus, Gran Calzadilla and Quercus. The syrah was from La Estacada, and a tempranillo-specific bottle from Pago something (del Alma?) was also quite drinkable. There were many others, but those I remember from the part of the trip where I was focusing more clearly... ;-)

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Reply by Mart P, May 3, 2009.

Thanks. I'll see if I come across any of those names. Is 'quaffable' for you a positive descriptor? (One might interpret it as meaning 'not particularly worthy of notice, but drinkable'.)

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Reply by dmcker, May 3, 2009.

"Quaffable"=drinkable=worth a try. Those were all 2001 and 2002 vintages back then, so don't know how the 2007-or-so tastes, yet quite likely the winemaking there has progressed in even-more-positive directions since then. Though wine's been made there since forever, I got the impression a more concentrated focus on upgrading their quality profile has been a recent development. None of these were going to give Bordeaux first growths or better Barolos a scare, yet they were very respectable wines--or so I remember. It was a crazy trip with a lot of other distractions that took my personal focus away from the wines ... ;-)

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Reply by Olaf Rudiger, May 3, 2009.

You are going to FENAVIN, the spanish wine fair. So there won't be just wines from the area, but from the entire country. It is one of the most important wine fairs in Spain if not the most. So have fun.

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Reply by atonalprime, May 5, 2009.

Don't shy away from the 2005 vintages of the tempranillo there. So far, they are some of the best I've drank in the last few years, maybe followed by 2001 and then a a few more in the mid-late 90s.


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