17th April 2014 – Marriott Hotel- Denia

President Gordon Sellars introducing the speaker Sue Crowe

President Gordon Sellars introducing the speaker Sue Crowe

 

Despite its proximity to the Easter weekend, 71 members and guests gathered at the Marriott hotel to listen to Sue Crowe from Casa del Vino in Jávea introduce five wines from the bodega Solar de Urbezo in the DO of Cariñena.   All the wines tasted can be purchased at Casa del Vino, who give Society members a 5% discount.   The average score awarded by members for each wine are shown in red.

The first wine tasted was Urbezo Chardonnay 2013, a young white wine with a pale yellow straw colour with green tones.   It has a taste of citrus fruits, with an elegant structure and a distinctive finish.   With an Alcohol by Volume (ABV) of 13.5% it can be bought for 6.79€, gets 89 points in the Guía Peñín and is rated as very good value for money.   Member’s average score for the wine was 83.6 points.   The white was followed by

Sue introducing the rosado

Sue introducing the rosado

Urbezo Rosado 2013 a 100% Merlot, rated exceptional value for money by the Guía Peñín which awarded it 87 points.   The wine with an ABV of 14%, had an intense rosé colour, with a fruity and floral aroma.   It was smooth and had a pleasant finish and can be bought for 5.27€.     Member’s rating of the wine was 83.4 points.

The first red wine was a joven tinto Viña Urbezo 2013 Maceración Carbónica, a blend of garnacha, merlot and syrah.   The wine was an intense cherry red, with purple highlights denoting its young age.   Smooth and pleasant in the mouth it had a long aftertaste.   Costing ­5.32€, it received 89 points and is rated exceptional value by the Guía Peñín.   It had an ABV of 14%.   Members awarded the wine an average score of 83.3 points.   The next wine was Urbezo Crianza 2010 a blend of syrah, merlot and cabernet-sauvignon which was also an intense cherry red, an elegant bouquet with an aroma of ripe fruits and a subtle note of toasted oak, having spent nine months ageing in French and American oak.   The Guía Peñín awards the wine 90 points and at a cost of 7.27€ again gives it exceptional value for money.   The ABV is 14.5% and members rated the wine at 85.8 points.   However, some members were given the 2009 vintage to taste instead.  

The final offering from the Solar de Urbezo was their 2007 Gran Reserva which is a blend of 50% garnacha and  50% cabernet-sauvignon and had aged for 24 months in barrel; French and American oak.   An elegant, expressive, round, velvety, fleshy wine with an excellent bouquet ensuring longevity, it had an ABV of 14%.   The wine cost 13.25€ and was given 87 points by the Guía Peñín, whilst members gave it an average score of 89.4 points.

Finally with the desert we tasted a Vino de la Tierra; Vinos Sioneta from Bodegas Ribas in Mallorca which was a 100% Moscatel and had spent six months in new French oak barrels.   With an ABV of 13% it cost 13.30€ for a 0.5 litre bottle and members awarded it an average of 78.4 points.

A very enjoyable and successful evening was rounded off by past President Andrew Johnson who proposed a vote of thanks to Sue for the wines and their presentation.

The red wines to be tasted

The red wines to be tasted

Critical appraisal of the Rosado

Critical appraisal of the Rosado

Past President Andrew Johnson proposes the vote of thanks

Past President Andrew Johnson proposes the vote of thanks

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Members enjoying the tasting

Text and photos by Gaby Ferenczy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        18th April 2014