April, 2012

The Infamous & The Ultimate, by Melissa Gardner

“Our export manager, Melissa Gardner has done a guest entry for our blog”:

What appears to be Jay Miller’s last tasting for The Wine Advocate place in Madrid at the end of November/beginning of December and we now have the reviews.

Some of you may be aware of the events surrounding this infamous, ultimate tasting—but if you are not, treat yourself to some intrigue and google “Jay Miller” and “Pancho Campo”.  Then follow the blog entries or Decanter News posts for a full picture of the controversy.

I am happy to note that the DO of Madrid was one that said “no” when confronted with the “offer” to pay less for a visit from Jay Miller via Pancho Campo.  In their haste to backpeddle,  they subsequently offered Madrid bodegas the opportunity to bring sample bottles and have them tasted at no cost for the Wine Advocate.  We quickly jumped at the chance.

And now we have our Parker reviews.  Some very kind words indeed for our wines—though the final scores are a puzzle to us compared with the descriptions.

But that’s all right.  Everyone in Spain has known for years that Parker doesn’t really understand Spanish wine.

Herewith, selections from our review in The Wine Advocate.

The 2010 Mayrit Organic White is 100% Albillo (an indigenous variety) stainless steel fermented and aged. Aromas of stony mineral, lemon, and baking spices leads to a vibrant, dry, concentrated wine with good balance and length. It is an excellent value meant for drinking over the next 12-18 months. It will pair nicely with raw bar.

Rating: 88

“The 2009 Mayrit Tinto Barrica (SOLD OUT) is composed of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Syrah that spent 9 months in French and American oak. Earthy minerals, brier, Asian spices, violets, and black fruits inform the nose of a savory, flavorful... wine that possesses good balance and medium length. Drink this pleasant effort over the next 5 years.

Rating: 86

The unoaked 2010 Qubél Revelacion is a blend of 65% Tempranillo, 20% Syrah, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malvar. Violets, minerals, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry aromas lead to a juicy, easy-to-understand, savory wine that will provide enjoyment over the next 4-5 years.

Rating: 87

The 2006 Qubél Excepcion was made from 100% Tempranillo (CORRECTION:GARNACHA) aged for 6 months in French and American oak. Cedar, rose petal, spice box, and black cherry aromas set the stage for a straightforward, spicy, easy-going wine with good depth and moderate length. It has the balance and structure to drink well for another 5-6 years.

Rating: 87

The 2004 Qubél Nature is composed of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 7.5 months in French and American oak. Earthy minerals, game, lavender, and assorted black fruits

Rating: 82

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