An Enotria wine was judged ‘Outstanding’ by a panel of tasters in this month’s Decanter, and another received 91 points in their ‘Spain: The Hottest Buys Under £25’ feature.
Pago de los Capellanes, Parcela El Picón 2010 (available 2015) was given an incredible score of 95 points in a panel tasting of wines from the 2010 vintage in Ribera del Duero.
The panel consisted of Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW – both Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Co-Chairs for Spain and Sherry – as well as Pierre Mansour, Spanish wine buyer at the Wine Society.
The wine comes from a 2 ha single vineyard from a sub zone called Roa which Decanter called ‘a kind of Ribera grand cru’. The wine is the result of Pago de los Capellanes’ delicate balance between ‘strong tradition’ and ‘modern winemaking’, all focused towards creating ‘amazing terroir wines’.
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: “A great classic, with a precious parsimonious finish showing the brilliancy of the vintage and the uniqueness of the terroir. Warm but tight; lovely.”
Sarah Jane Evans MW: “Keynote bright, fresh, acidity underlines red fruits and peppery oak. Medium weight, superbly long, elegant finish. Excellent Tinto Fino. Beautifully complex with a long future.”
Pierre Mansour: “Closed, savoury and spicy; a classy individual with a wonderful palate structure, and a long finish. It has a real sense of place. Finely tuned in and improving in the glass.”
For Decanter’s cover feature, ‘Spain: The Hottest Buys Under £25’, Sarah Jane Evans MW reviewed Franck Massard’s El Mago Garnacha, Terra Alta 2012, awarding him 91 points for his organic wine from Catalonia.
Sarah Jane Evans MW said of the wine: “Former sommelier Massard has a new career producing wines that champion Catalonia. El Mago (‘the wizard’), is a straightforward, vibrant expression of Garnacha, with liquorice and black cherries, and supple tannins.”
Both wines represent the true breadth of Spanish wines now available at Enotria; maybe it’s time to think about expanding your wine lists to include these new classics that are beginning to get the recognition they deserve.
The featured picture is of Paco Rodero, Pago de los Capellanes.