October 2013 Selection

Bobal, Valencia and Terrerazo

October 2013 Selection

La Traca 2011 (2 bottles)
Rafael Cambra Dos 2011 (2 bottles)
Finca Terrerazo 2010 (2 bottles)

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La Traca 2011 (2 bottles)

Young red. Vinos La Traca Valencia, Spain Bobal, Tempranillo

Bottle: £5.16 club members / £5.37 non-members

Valencia’s traditional ‘Las Fallas’ festival, famous for its impressive fireworks and fabulous parades of giant statues, is brought to mind by the label of this bottle, and as ‘La Traca’ means a string of fireworks, by the name of this wine: an explosion of fresh fruit, perfectly orchestrated. First impressions suggest elegance, indicating a well-executed, intense and refined wine, which will certainly stand out in its price range. Bobal wines with this juiciness and fineness are not easy to find in this particular price bracket, and we are convinced that its success is partly due to the 15% of Tempranillo, teamed up with the Bobal, a very good choice. Fermented and aged in concrete tanks, this is a rounded and pleasant-tasting wine.

Its colour is intense, a dark Picota cherry shade, and bright, while on the nose it exudes sweet, refreshing notes on a spicy background that enhances the power of the fruit, like a sprinkling of salt on food. A similar scene on the palate: intense, balanced, structured, light yet with some presence, polished. A wine for fiestas and parties, any get-together, for drinks and barbecues, easily drinkable and with a fairly moderate alcohol content of 13.5%, which is good news too.

Daytime conversation / afternoon/evening conversation / aperitifs / tapas / rice dishes / pasta with bolognese sauce / barbecues

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Picota cherry / bright / intense
    • Bouquet
      Fresh fruit / refreshing / sweet notes / elegant / spicy notes / expressive / robust
    • Palate
      Balanced / structured / with body / easy to drink
  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 15ºC and 17ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2017.

La Traca 2011
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Rafael Cambra Dos 2011 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodega Rafael Cambra Valencia, Spain Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre

Bottle: £7.78 club members / £8.98 non-members

Rafael Cambra Dos is a well-crafted wine, which makes an immediate impact on the nose with a hefty measure of fresh, lusciously rich fruit. It is a wine we might well describe as sprightly, lively, very open and accessible, packed with primary aromas, smelling of sweet and acidic fruit, fresh and balsamic, which we would rarely associate with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc varieties, unless we had read about its composition beforehand. The mineral background (flinty) and whiff of coffee essence are the few features that might make us have the odd doubt about its obvious Mediterranean personality, from the south. Decant it half an hour in advance or let it open up in the glass, and you will see how that intense fruitiness and some increasingly apparent, subtle menthol notes always end up by dominating the aromatic palette.

Its entry on the palate is supple, and it maintains that freshness and ripe-fruit intensity on the nose. With a controlled but evident powerfulness, a good tannic structure, and medium-bodied, it proves a juicy wine inviting you to take another sip; it presents a good balance between sweetness and acidity, offering just the level of succulence. Rounding off its flavour profile are some spicy notes of wild shrubs, traces of well-integrated new wood and mild peppery hints. Then again, if we keep hold of the wine in the mouth, India ink notes become apparent; yet its character is definitely that of an Iberian wine, confirming its roots in those two international varieties; on tasting blind, it comes over as a Southern Mediterranean wine, with “classic” undertones that might just keep us wondering.

A wine to set us thinking, for drinking and enjoying without hindrance, an accessible and most attractive wine.

Oven-cooked meats / roast lamb / lamb with fine herbs

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 17ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2017.

Rafael Cambra Dos 2011
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Finca Terrerazo 2010 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodega Mustiguillo El Terrerazo, Spain Bobal

Bottle: £18.52 club members / £21.04 non-members

A fine wine and a special one too, 100% Bobal. Intensity, density, maturity, warmth, freshness and finesse are the first and foremost features outlining the profile of this quality wine. Its colour in the glass is absolutely lovely, a vivacious shade of dark Picota cherry with thick tears slowing making their way downwards. On the nose, lactic notes bestow the sensation of creaminess, whilst the fragrance of aromatic plants, plus balsamic and menthol notes enhance its freshness and confirm its complexity. It is a rounded wine, which continually offers more and more with time in the glass, a complete wine.

Bodega Mustiguillo, headed up by Toni Sarrión, demonstrates with this wine that Bobal too can be used to produce good and great wines. They prove it with Finca Terrerazo and, in case anyone should have any doubts, with their Quincha Corral, which is outside the reach of most, not only due to its price but also because of the scant number of bottles available for sale. The rusticity with which we usually associate this indigenous variety of the Utiel region (Valencia) is converted here into elegance: ripe black fruit (blackberries), woodland aromas (heather, thyme), balsamic, mineral and smoky notes (incense, tobacco).

Finca Terrerazo is also smooth and creamy on the palate, fresh and pleasant, with mineral touches, mature and fruit-driven. Its velvety texture is lusciously rich in the mouth and its powerfulness comes over elegantly. Most definitely the wine to choose should you need to convince someone of the Bobal's potential, a fine wine which will indeed be thoroughly enjoyed.

Semi-cured cheeses / marinated meats / meats with creamy sauces / entrecôte / mushrooms / game dishes

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2029.

Finca Terrerazo 2010
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