Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wines against Heat (2). Red wines

 Although red wines are associated with cooler temperatures and other seasons different to summer time, it is always a good time for a red wine, as long as you choose the right choice. There is a wide range of wines on the market which, due to their very moderate temperatures and their degree of acidity, stand out for their freshness and fruitiness. Here they come some recommendations, none of which exceeds 10 euros.




D.O. Rioja Alavesa,  Spain

Producer: David Sampedro, Bodegas Bhilar, S.L.                                                                                                                                              Year: 2014
Variety grapes: 85% tempranillo, 10% garnacha y 5% viura.
Elaboration:  The grapes are destemmed and placed in a wooden tank for 9 months. The rest of the time in French oak barrels.
Service: 12-14º C.                                                                                                                                                 
Alcohol: 13,5 º C.

This red wine is surprising for its freshness despite the time in the barrel. Rich and deep on the nose with aromas of red fruits and cherries, rosemary and thyme. Also a  nice spices bouquet such as clove. In the mouth it shows mineral at the same time as fruity, with a very present acidity and tannins very tamed. This is a silky, structured wine with a clean and persistent finish. Very round and balanced. A wine to take alone or accompanied by rice, mushrooms, blue fish, certain types of salads ... Magnificent value for money  8 € ( 9,5 $).👍


D.O. Bierzo,  León, Spain

Producer: Miguel Ángel Amigo, Bodega Luz Divina Amigo.                                                                                                                                                    Year: 2016
Variety grapes: 100% Mencía.
Elaboration:  Manual harvesting. Made from centennial vines. Maceration prefermentative in cold. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Service: 12-14º C.                                                                                                                                      
Alcohol: 14º C.

Red wine of deep cherry cherry color. Very fruity on the nose, with aromas reminiscent of blackberries and black plum. Already in the mouth we also leave notes of jam and liquorice and it shows very mineral. Structured, silky and balanced, with a good finish completed with a magnificent well-assembled acidity. It suits with numerous dishes, from white or red meats to blue fish (ideal to accompany with bonito), passing through salads, tuna pie, or creamy and soft cheeses. Great value for the price.  7 € (8 $). 👍


D.O. Ribeira Sacra, Amandi, Lugo,  Spain

Producer: Fernando González,  Adega Algueira .                                                                                                                                              Year: 2016
Variety grapes: 100% Mencía.
Elaboration:  Hand picking. Vines about 100 years old. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. No aging in barrel.
Service: 12-14º C.                                                                                                                                      
Alcohol: 13,5 º C.

Red wine of half a layer of a nice purple color. Very fruity on the nose, where it brings out all its Atlantic character, black fruit, slate, light balsamic touches and black pepper. In the mouth it is mineral and fruity, alive, very fresh, with that point between acidity and fruit that makes it drink very easily. It is a wine perfect to drink without complements , but, at the same time, it serves to accompany an entire meal with virtually any dish that comes to mind. Especially  good to pair with cod or Galician pie. Great value for the price. 9 €. (10.5 $).👍


Vinho Regional Algarve, Portugal

Producer: Convento do Paraíso. Silves.                                                                                                                                       Year: 2016
Variety grapes: Touriga Nacional/Aragonez
Elaboration:  Prepared in a traditional way, selecting and stomping the best clusters.
Service: 12-15º C.                                                                                                                                      
Alcohol: 14 º C.

It is a red wine of cherry red aspect with violet nuances that denote its youth. It emphasizes on the nose by the intensity of its fruity aromas, to red fruits, peach, while floral. In the mouth it is a wine that is fresh, fruity, smooth and persistent. It is a very well finished wine, very balanced between the fruit, the soft tannins, and the acidity that brings you so much freshness. It is a wine that is alive, young and casual, with a long, sweet drink, where the fruit is not present at any moment. Its youth and freshness make it an easy wine to marry for any occasion. Great value for the price. 6 € (7$). 👍

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