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Can we discuss Calatayud?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:24 pm

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.
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Re: Can we discuss Calatayud?

Postby Mark S » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:57 pm

Gee, I'd love to discuss, Bob, but I can't seem to remember the last time (if ever) I had a wine from this area.
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Re: Can we discuss Calatayud?

Postby Tom Troiano » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:24 pm

Same response as Mark.
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Re: Can we discuss Calatayud?

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:03 pm

Bob - you have exhausted my knowledge of the region.
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Re: Can we discuss Calatayud?

Postby Andrew Bair » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:14 pm

Bob - I'm actually impressed that you found a wine from Calatayud that was NOT an aspiring fruit bomb. In my limited experience, everything that I have tried from this area has seemingly been made with the intention to impress critics who favor riper, fruitier wines. As far as the wine that you tried, I haven't had much success with Grenache-dominated Spanish wines, but I'm glad to hear that this one was more balanced than most.
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Re: Can we discuss Calatayud?

Postby Hoke » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:33 am

Las Rocas, anyone? So yeah, a lot of them are, echoing Andrew, pretty showy and blowsy and bold. Still, I've had some at trade tastings, made form old vine grenache and with uncharacteristic restraint, that were decent enough.

Eric Salomon pioneered some wines from there, as I remember.
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Re: Can we discuss Calatayud?

Postby Tim York » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:29 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Bob - you have exhausted my knowledge of the region.

We see hardly any of them here outside specialist Spanish importers and even then........
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