Tasting 18th October – Punta Negra – Denia

Members enjoying pre tasting drinks     

President Paul Nicholls welcomed 64 members to “Whose wine is it anyway” presented by members Caryl and Gordon Sellars at Restaurant Punta Negre,    Gordon introduced the tasting by  announcing that as usual members would receive three presentations from himself, Caryl, and Mary Anderton for each wine tasted but only one would be correct for the wine being tasted. The task was to decide who is telling the truth and who is bluffing. Members were first asked to identify the correct wine and the table which got the most correct would receive a prize.   Once the truth was revealed, members scored the wine in the usual way.  .   The cost of each wine and where it can be purchased and average score given by members is shown in the list of wines tasted in 2018, which can be found by clicking on “Wines tasted in 2018”.

The first wine of the evening was introduced by Caryl who said it was a 2016 Finca Calvestra made from 100% Merseguera grapes.   We last tasted this wine in June 2017 and were particularly impressed by the quality produced from this little-known grape variety.   Mary said “A good try Caryl, but this wine is actually Luis Alegre  Finca la Renana 2016 and is made from 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia.”  It comes from the Bodegas Luis Alegre situated just outside the city walls of Laguardia, Alava in the DOC of La Rioja.   Finally Gordon corrected the two ladies stating this wine is, in fact, the very popular Seminare 2016.  We last tasted an earlier vintage together in February 2016.  It is a Vino de la Tierra, from the Seminare bodega located in the area of Ribeira in Galicia.   It is unusual in that it is a blend of Albariño, Godello and Treixadura. The correct answer was that the wine we were tasting was 2016 Finca Calvestre, introduced by Caryl.   The wine had an Alcohol by Volume (ABV) fo 13.5%.

The second wine was introduced by Mary as a lovely rosado wine from the famous Care family of wines and is called Solidarity.  All the Care wines are made at Bodegas Añadas in the DO of Cariñena where the vineyards are located at a height of between 500 and 900 metres above sea level.  Gordon contradicted her by stating   this wine is actually the 2016 rosado Petjades from the Can Marti estate which we last tasted in November 2017.  The winery occupies 135 hectares in the fertile region of Penedes where the Torello family has been making wines and Cavas since 1951. As the third speaker Caryl presented this delicious rosado as a wine we have tasted several times before – the much loved Enate rosado from the 2017 vintage.  The winery is situated in the DO of Somontano and the wine itself is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.  It was again Caryl who had introduced the correct wine, The Enate 2017.

The first red was presented by Mary as Barahonda Organic 2015.  We last tasted an earlier vintage of this wine in May 2016.  It comes from DO Yecla and is 60% Monastrel and 40% Syrah, all from old vines and all grown in organically cultivated vineyards. Next came Caryl presenting it as Nus del Terrer 2013, which comes from the Vinyes del Terrer winery south of Tarragona and only 2 kilometres from the sea.  It was established in 1989 and started with a production of 3,000 bottles a year and now produces 65,000.  This Nus del Terrer is a blend of 80% Garnacha and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Gordon again claimed the two ladies wrong stating this young red wine was, in fact, Bruma del Estrecho Marin from Bodega Viña Elena, a bodega from Jumilla located approximately 50 kilometres north of Murcia.  This family-run bodega dates back to 1948 when Francisco Pacheco, the current generation´s late grandfather, began to make wine from his modest wine press.  This wine is made from 100% Monastrell which has found its perfect habitat in the region´s unique terrain.   The right answer was the Barahonda Organic 2015 introduced by Mary.

The next red was introduced by Caryl as Delhesa del Carrizal 2014 which we tasted in October 2016.  It is made from 100% Syrah grapes and its big, robust character is instantly recognisable.   Mary however said that his wine was tasted in June 2017 and is a Prieto Picuda 2015 Tridente Crianza from Bodegas Triton.   Prieto Picudo is a rare, dark-skinned grape variety grown predominantly in and around its homeland of Leon, Northern Spain. Once again Gordon brought up the rear claiming the wine to be one we last tasted as an earlier vintage in February 2017 and it is Les Crestes 2016 from Cellers Mas Doix in DO Priorat.  It is a fruity, fresh and expressive wine blended with 80% Garnacha, 10% Cariñena and 10% Syrah.  The grapes are grown on a steep hillside on slate at a height of 400 metres and with a very low yield of 1 kilogram per vine.   It was again Mary who had presented the Prieto Picuda 2015 Tridente Crianza as the wine we were tasting.

The final red was again introduced by Mary as Pago Florentino 2015 and is made entirely from Tempranillo, known in its local region as the grape variety Cencibel.  We last drank it together in January 2017 and obviously enjoyed it so much that it achieved the second highest score of all wines tasted in that year.   Gordon was next and said they actually presented this wine – Las Quebradas 2015 – in last year´s Whose Wine is it Anyway? and because you marked it so highly then, they thought you deserved to taste it again.  And as it is produced at the Enrique Mendoza bodegas locally in Alfaz de Pi they wanted to include at least one home grown wine.   Las Quebradas is 100% Monastrell made from 70 year old vines from a vineyard almost 2000 feet above sea level.  The final word lay with Caryl who claimed We last tasted an example of this wine in May 2016 and it is Heredad Candela 2015 made entirely from the Monastrell grape.  The Bodega, in Yecla, was founded in 1925 and is the pride of the Candela family.  From a small and local business to a modern winery, the knowledge and traditions have been handed down through four generations.   The last word however was accorded to Caryl who had provided the correct answer which was Heredad Candela 2015.

The winners of the prize for getting most of the wines correct, 4 out of the 5 was table 5

The vote of thanks to Caryl Mary and gordon for an interesting and enjoyable evening was given by Vicky Wyatt

Diners enjoying the tasting
Text, from notes provided by Caryl and Gordon, by Gaby Ferenczy, photos by Gaby Ferenczy                                                                                                                           October 2018