Our second week of this month's WineStudio (theme: D.O.P. Cariñena), focused on two wines from Bodegas San Valero. Founded in 1944 by 60 winegrowers from Cariñena region, this coop now has more than 700 members. Besides investing in cutting edge manufacturing facilities, Bodegas San Valero has recently introduced selected grape harvesting, seeking even more the excellence in its wines by the selection of vineyards older than 30 years.
Castillo Ducay Tinto Joven 2014: incredibly cool label with a cairn of rocks pictured; Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown at 2,100 feet from 15 to 20 year-old vines sourced from the Monte Ducay vineyard; nice garnet color with ruby edges; cherry, blackberry, and young fruit aromas and flavors in a simple, easy-to-drink wine; agglomerated cork; 13% ABV; SRP $9.
Particular Cariñena 2013: another great label, designed by a local artist; 100% Cariñena; dark fruit, spice, and herb aromas; forest, dark fruit, wood and spice flavors; luscious mouthful with well-integrated tannins; cork closure; SRP $15.These wines were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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