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Borsao Berola 2016 (2 bottles)
Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserva 2012 (2 bottles)
Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha 2016 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £55.85
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To add our grain of sand to the promotion of Aragon wines, this month's selection brings together three splendid red wines. One from the DO Campo de Borja appellation, another from IGP Valdejalón, and last but not least, a wine from the historical DO Cariñena region. As expected in Aragon, the Grenache grape is a common feature shared by all three, but each wine expresses its own territory, cultivation and production process, ranging from the modern Berola to the transparent Frontonio, before moving on to the classical beauty of the Monasterio de las Viñas.
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Red Crianza. Bodegas Borsao Campo de Borja, Spain Grenache, Syrah
Bottle: £9.31 club members / £10.97 non-members
The two varieties are fermented separately and then blended so as to obtain the best finished wine. Aged in both Bordeaux and American oak barrels, the resulting wine has an intense cherry colour with wonderful violet glints. Clear aromas of ripe plums meet hints of spicy cake in the nose over a balsamic backdrop of scrubland. After standing in the glass, aromas of cranberries, sloes, carob beans and smoke appear. Fruity and well-balanced in the mouth with an elegant earthy feeling, the perfect amount of acidity gives it a wild seductive touch. Berola offers abundant but smooth tannins and well-integrated alcohol thanks to excellent work carried out both in the vineyards and the winery. In its long lingering finish the taste of cocoa, cherries in liqueur, and comforting toasted hints appear.
A great wine which clearly says where it comes from, Borsao Berola is proud of its origins but is also a product of modern winemaking. It takes its name from the old medieval name for the Veruela Monastery, the authentic birthplace of winemaking in DO Campo de Borja. At the same time it looks to New World wine styles to offer an image of this appellation brimming with typicity but with international ambitions.
Roasted pork / Parmesan cheese / game terrine
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Red Gran Reserva. Grandes Vinos Carignan, Spain Grenache, Tempranillo, Carignan
Bottle: £6.40 club members / £7.33 non-members
A lengthy stay in American and French oak barrels adds complexity and polishes its youthful sharp edges, and the result is a stylish maroon coloured wine with elegant aromas of red currants, tobacco, and undergrowth. Swilling the wine around in the glass soon brings out hints of cedar, eucalyptus, sloes, dry leaves, and dusty walks. All in all it is an intense and complex wine, but also a well-balanced one. Pleasant in the mouth with a medium body, its feelings of plum skins and comforting sweet tannins come to the front. A good level of acidity brings out the character of the fruit which, despite its long ageing period, still remain as aromas of cherries and red currants. Balsamic hints emphasize a surprisingly fresh feeling for a wine like this. Aromas of leather and liquorice combine with toasted notes and delicate spices to create a classy seductive wine. Light hints of liquorice and fine balsamic notes of bay leaf and eucalyptus eventually appear, with a taste of cocoa powder rounding off a wine with no sharpness. A wonderfully balanced wine, its long-lasting delicious aftertaste makes it hard to drink just one glass.
Roast lamb / pasta dishes / grilled vegetables
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Red Crianza. Bodegas Frontonio Valdejalón, Spain Grenache
Bottle: £8.41 club members / £9.63 non-members
Going against the grain, in much the same way as Sant Frontonio's head floated upstream, Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha eschews the prevailing current tendency for over-extracted wines and, instead, displays the fresher side to the Grenache variety. Every sip delights with the expressiveness of wild fruit flowing over the cracked grey slate of its vineyards in the cool climate found at altitudes of 700 metres.
The fruit is fermented with 10% of whole bunches in the mix and matured mainly in concrete vats, with just a small amount of wine being aged in 500-litre wooden barrels. The result is a precise, floral, fragrant and elegant red wine, proudly and openly displaying the honest character of Grenache. Fine tannins cover a subtly lactic background. Aromas of forest floor and wild red fruits blend with a pinch of white pepper to give it a stylish austerity and irresistible rusticity. The lively energy of its soil is enjoyed in every sip and lingers until the wine's aftertaste, when wild aromas and the delicacy of Grenache skins return.
Thanks to the decision of the Master of Wine (one of the top international distinctions awarded in the wine world) Fernando Mora and his friends and partners to work in the historic but, at that time, largely-forgotten winemaking area of Valdejalón, we can now take delight in splendid wines such as this Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha.
Roasted duck / cured cheeses / Iberian pork secreto
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