jueves, 21 de marzo de 2013

Torres San Valentin, Parellada, Viñedos de España 2010


- Tasting Notes: "Torres San Valentin is a medium-dry wine with a clear pale yellow colour, enticing aromas of fresh grapes, together with other fruits (ripe bananas, quince) and flowers (acacia with hints of roses and rosemary). Voluptuous and slightly sweet on the palate. Food & Wine match: Torres San Valentin white is a delicious accompaniment to milder flavoured shellfish such as clams and spider crab, or fish in sweet sauces. Ideal with sweet pastries and fruit desserts. Serve chilled (about 8ºC)". farehamwinecellar

- Wine information: Torres San Valentin was created by Miguel Torres Carbó as a gift to his wife, Margarita Riera, on Saint Valentine's Day. The Parellada grape, the best traditional white variety found in Torres' highest vineyards, produces fruity, aromatic wines with moderate alcoholic strength. The off-dry style brings out the floral aromas and ripe fruit character. An ideal wine for a gift on Valentine's Day!!

- Price: £7.15


Parellada is one of the three principal grape varieties used in the production of Cava. Native to mountainous Catalonia. Parellada performs best at higher altitudes, where the growing season is longer and cooler, allowing the grape's trademark acidity and citrus flavors to develop fully.

Parellada is widely planted in the Penedes region of Catalonia, though less extensively than its Cava partners Macabeo and Xarel-lo. It imparts a green-apple character on the wine it helps to produce and marries well with the body of Macabeo and the earthen flavors of Xarel-lo.

Cavas blended from all three of the main varieties are valued for their complexity and exported around the globe.

Parellada is also used in blended still wines as well as a handful of varietal wines. They tend to be gentle wines, with a delicate floral nature and low alcohol levels. Parellada may be blended with Sauvianon Blanc and Chardonnay to create country-style wines that are best consumed in their youth.

Popular blends include: Cava Blend.


Catalonia (Catalunya in Catalan and Cataluña in Spanish) is a colorful coastal and fiercely independent autonomous community of north-eastern Spain that stretches from the historic county (comarca) of Montsia in the south, to the border with France and tiny Andorra in the north. The Mediterranean sea forms its eastern border and offers 360 miles (580km) of coastline. It is not only of the 17 communities but also a cover-all DO (Denominación de Origen) since 1999, the first of its kind in Spain. The capital of Catalonia is bustling Barcelona, which is not only the second largest city in Spain but also home to one of the biggest ports on the Mediterranean sea. This seaside location has certainly fostered the region's wine region throughout history, as have the millions of tourists that flock to the city each year.

Catalonia has a long and distinguished tradition of winemaking. Viticulture was thought to have been introduced to the region by the Phoenicians and the Greeks around 400 BC through trade. The Romans then expanded the cultivation of vines and the industry flourished until Moorish occupation, when vines were neglected or the vineyards repurposed. Christians saw the resurgence of viticulture, by way of the monasteries and convents. By the late 18th Century wine and spirits were some of the most important exports of the region. Catalonia has since proved to be a dynamic wine-producing region and has been at the forefront of moves to reform Spain's wine industry through the introduction of international grape varieties and modern viticultural techniques.

Catalonia is regarded as distinct from Spain's other wine-growing regions because of the versatility of its wine styles. There is a strong French influence on two of its most recognizable wines: the ChampaGne-stYle sparkling Cava and its still reds, which have similar characteristics to those produced in Roussillon, in southern France.

Unsurprisingly, given its location, the climate in Catalonia is strongly Mediterranean, with warm coastal areas experiencing moderate rainfall. Inland areas are more similar to Spain's arid central plateaus, although there are plenty of cooler zones amongst the foothills and on elevated sites where grapes for the region's signature Cava are grown. These include Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo and some Chardonnay.

Catalonia's red wines are made from Tempranillo (known in Catalan as Ull de Liebre), Garnacha and Monastrell (France's Mourvedre). Red Bordeaux varieties also play an important role in some of the top-quality blends, as well as in varietal wines.

While there are numerous reasons for the success of Catalonia's wine industry, Cava has played an important role. In the 1870s, José Raventos, founder of the Codorniu group, began producing sparkling wines around the town of Sant Sadumi d'Anoia in Penedes, employing the traditional method used for Champagne. Such was the success of this wine that the area became the center of Cava production in Spain. The prestige of the wine earned it an exclusive DO (Denominación de Origen) in 1986.

The quality of Catalonia's wines has also been boosted by the creation of the DO, which was designed to catch all of the scattered vineyards across the region that didn't fall into any of the other 11 DOs in the region. From north to south these are Emporda, Costers del Seare, Pla de Bages, Alella, Cava, Penedes, Conca de Barbera, Tarragona, Montsant, Priorat DOCa and Terra Alta.

References: farehamwinecellar and wine-searcher  

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