Ole Imports @Carnivale

The WCWG will be at Carnivale courtesy of Cream Wine Company for a tasting of Ole Imports Portfolio.  This is going to be a great opportunity to meet 15 winemakers from Spain and taste their wines.  I am looking forward to the experience and if you cannot be there, giving you this guy's rundown of the event!Results:

The best wine tasted was Bodegas Viña Magaña Merlot 2005.  Merlot is not normally made as a single varietal in Spain so this is very special.  The vines originate from Chateau Petrus cuttings so the grapes definitely have a pedigree.  There have only been three vintages created, only in special years.  This is a lush, floral, fruity, structured wine with some exotic spice.  It has aging potential or can be drunk now.  Excellent!

A very good upcoming area is Montsant- it surrounds Priorat and has a higher altitude.  Bodegas Falset Marca makes great old vine Garnacha and blends.  Their Etim L'Esparver is the premium with strength, fruit, and structure.

A great dessert wine smash hit is made by Bodegas Viños Piñol- 90% Garnacha Old Vine and 10% Syrah.  It has great raisin, dark cherry, and earthy truffle scents and flavors.  The silky syrupy texture rolls on your palate and will go great with chocolate or even a cigar.

(Image courtesy of Cream)