The Calatayud wine region is situated in the province of Zaragoza and covers an area of 5,600 hectares. The Calatayud wine region consists of 15 vineyards (Bodegas), which produce 14 millon liter of wine annually. There is a very big export market for wines, mainly red, from this area and here in Alberta we are fortunate to find some on the shelves. Here is my impression of a recent red I opened, please add any thoughts or comments.
WTN: 2006 Bodegas v Vinedos del Jalon Calatayud Claraval Seleccion Especial, Aragon.
$20.00 Cdn, good natural cork, opened and decanted one hour. 14% alc, blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cab Sauv. Co-operative, high elevation.
Color. Nice deepish garnet, no sign of any age.
Nose. Dark fruits quite muted, even on day 2. Some red fruits, some earthy notes here. Strawberry, hint of oak?
Palate. Entry is dry, soft/supple tannins. Very "old world" in style, no fruit bomb here folks. Full-bodied, berryish, cherry, in fact quite tart but tasty. No real heat here, seems to be at its best potential right now. Some riper/brighter fruits on day 2 and less astringent on the finish.
Went very well with a honey/garlic marinaded pork tenderloin.