Winter Wine Choice 2013

Gran Familia Clasica Valdepenas Reserva 2007

I am very keen to experiment with Spanish red wines and whilst seldom disappointed with an aging Rioja, will tend to gravitate towards an area I am less familiar with. So here I am recommending a fine red wine made with the Tempranillo grape from the Valdepenas region, in the heart of La Mancha.

I love the mellow nature of this wine and was not surprised to read that this traditional grape thrives in the stony vineyards (bodegas) in this region. This wine is full of fruit – a real bonus for me and can happily be enjoyed on its own, as well as with red meat. I was advised to open the bottle for at least an hour to allow it to breathe and how thankful I was for this advice. It really is very easy to enjoy! There is no doubt that the predominant fruit that can be identified on the pallet, is blackberry. A wonderful accompaniment to roast lamb or Roe Deer (if you can obtain it).

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June 2011 – La Serre Syrah Rose 2009

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August/Sep 2011 – Oyster Bay Malborough Pinot Noir 2009

October/Nov 2011 – Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vignobles Gonnet  2008

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