viernes, 5 de abril de 2013

Bodegas Piedemonte (Crianza - Reserva) D.O. Navarra, Spain


With an area of approximately 18,000 hectares, DO Navarra is divided into five sub-areas : Ribera Alta, Ribera Baja, Tierra Estella, Baja Montana and Valdizarbe. It is one of the oldest vinicultural Denominations of Origin of Spain, and today it combines traditional grape varieties including the autochthonous Garnacha, Tempranillo, Graciano and Viura together with well-known international grape varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in order to offer a wide range of excellent quality wines. Navarra has a continental Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers which are ideal for a proper maturation of the fruit and cold winters that are essential to allow the vines to rest. A season of spring rain ensures the vines receive enough water to survive the hot, dry summers.

Founded in 1992 by a group of vinegrowers, Bodegas Piedemonte is a future orientated project. It is a modern winery in a continuing process of expansion based on quality and the internationalization of its wines, equipped with adapted technology and temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with a total capacity of 4 million litres. Situated in the historical city of Olite, the oldest wine producing area of Navarre, Piedemonte has 450 hectares of vineyards, distributed in several areas of the subzone region, Ribera Alta. The geographical zone is named Piedemonte de Tafalla Olite, a region lying between the Pyrenees and Ribera de Navarra bordered to the east by Mount Uju, and to the west by the hills of the River Cidacos. Its state of the art technology allows the viticulturists and oenologists to control closely the wine production process from the selection of grapes, their maturation and the fermentation process to the ageing of its Crianza and Reservas in 4000 French and American oak barrels. Both this traditional legacy of the region along with the latest technology result in elegant wines in accord with modern trends.


- Wine making: Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo aged 12 months in 70% French and 30% American barrels.

- Tasting notes: "Red ruby colour. Ripe red berry fruits with hints of spice. The palate is full and harmonious with blackberry and mulberry fruits and firm tannins. Well-integrated, good structure and depth". burridgewine

The IWC 2012 - Commended
The IWC 2011 - Bronze
Challenge International du Vin 2011 - Bronze Medal

- Price: £10.95


- Wine making: Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo, aged 14 months in French and American barrels.

- Tasting notes: "Garnet red with ruby red tones. Ripe red fruit and light toasty notes. Well-balanced red berry fruit with tannins and a touch of spice. A wine of great elegance and structure". burridgewine

Bacchus Silver Medal  2013 (Vingate 2007)
Guía Peñin 2012 - 89 points (Vingate 2006)
Brussels International Wine Competition 2012 - Silver Medal (Vingate 2006)
Challenge International du Vin 2012 - Silver Medal (Vingate 2006)
The IWC 2012 - Commended (Vingate 2006)

- Price: £12.50


Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo are commonly blended together in the north of Spain, where the nation's flagship variety, Tempranillo, is well-suited to blending with the top two red wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvianon and Merlot, from Bordeaux. These blends can vary significantly in terms of the proportions of each variety used, winemaking styles and maturation methods.

The best examples of the blend are rich and tightly structured, and require several years to achieve their best. However, many entry-level examples of the blend are bright and fruity wines designed for early consumption. The blend is used throughout Spain, but particularly in Ribera del Duero and, increasingly, Navarra.

A wide range of red and black fruit flavors are commonly described in these wines, often with the tell-tale vanilla accent that comes from maturation in American oak.

Related blends include: Cabernet - Tempranillo, Cabernet - Merlot - Syrah, Cabernet - Merlot - Sangiovese.


Navarra DO (Denominación de Origen) is an important wine-producing region in northern Spain, immediately north of the famed Rioja region and its eastward-flowing Ebro River. Most of the vineyards here are situated on the rolling lower slopes of the Pyrenees mountains (Los Pirineos), which separate Spain from France.

The capital of the region is Pamplona, a city famous for hosting the San Fermin festival, and 'the Running of the Bulls'. The Navarra wine-producing zone lies to the south of the city, covering the majority of the southern half of the Navarra autonomous community.

The Navarra DO title was created in 1933, and is administered by its own Consejo Regulador (wine authority), based in the small town of Olite.

The first records of winemaking in the region date back to ancient Roman times, but grapes were almost certainly thriving here long before that, and vines of the prehistoric Vitis sylvestris species - predecessor of the cherished Vitis vinifera - have recently been discovered still growing in Navarra.

Grape-growing continued under the Moors and Iratxe Monastery & Vineyards, Ayergui, Navarra was then greatly expanded under Christian rule.
Demand for wine was strengthened by Catholics making the pilgrimage along the Way of St. James to the shrine (now a cathedral) in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, where tradition has it that the remains of the Apostle St. James are buried. The region's neighbor La Rioja similarly benefited.

The 14th Century was a boom time for Navarra and the number of vineyards rocketed, so much so that restrictions had to be imposed to ensure enough land was dedicated to cereals to feed the local population. Demand received an additional boost in the late 19th Century when France was hit by phylloxera. This rise in sales was short-lived, however, as Navarra subsequently fell prey to the louse, which left few vineyards intact there. This gave the region an opportunity to replant using phylloxera-resistant rootstocks, and to reorganize its production zones.

Navarra's geography is diverse and a number of different features affect the region's vines and climate. Its proximity to the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) in the northwest, the Pyrenees in the northeast and the Ebro River all combine to moderate temperatures created by the effects of the Mediterranean and the continental climate.

This huge diversity across the region has led to the creation of five sub-zones: Baja Montana in the northeast, Valdizarbe in the north, Tierra Estella in the northeast, Ribera Alta in the centre, north of the Ebro, and Ribera Baja, in the south, below the river. A small section of Navarra is classified as Rioja DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada).

Traditionally, Navarra has been strongly associated with its rosé wine (rosado), with Garnacha producing the best examples. These are often dry and fruity, and are a good accompaniment to the hearty local cuisine. The more recent success of Tempranillo-based red wines has motivated winemakers to produce more of this noble variety and now it leads Navarra's production tables. The trend is towards concentrated, fruity, yet oak-influenced red wines.

Highly regarded examples of varietal reds based on Cabernet Sauvianon and Merlot are also produced, along with Tempranillo and Garnacha. Navarra's small quantity of white wines are mainly based on Chardonnay, Viura and Garnacha Blanca. Natural sweet wines are also permitted to be made from Moscatel.

Investment in modem winemaking equipment and the introduction of non-native grape varieties have given rise to a greater number of new wine styles from the region, and a group of brave and innovative winemakers have done much to raise the profile of Navarra.

References: burridgewine and wine-searcher 

1 comentario:

  1. Quiero comentar dos cositas: 1º como esta página esta en ingles y no tiene traducción al castellano, quizá sea que elaboran solo para otros países? si es así, deduzco que en esos países no exigen la variedad de uva con el que se elabora la cosecha. Digo esto por que compre unas botellas de vino crianza 2009 y en ellas no hay referencia a tales variedades, trato de buscar por su nombre en la bodega y no aparece ni la cosecha ni el vino. su nombre: "Señorio de Arrastia", crianza 2009. Embotellado por bodegas Piedemonte S.C.
    Es un vino que me esta gustando y por ello quería saber la variedad de uva.