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  • 1. Week 1:Spain – An Overview Saturday, January 12th 2013Presenter: Amy – Pinnacle Imports • Rias Baixas • Ribera del Duero • Rioja • Montsant • Jumilla
  • 2. Ria – A long, narrow(river-like) inlet to thesea; glacially formed andflooded by rising sealevels.
  • 3. Ria – A long, narrow(river-like) inlet to thesea; glacially formed andflooded by rising sealevels.Baixa – Literally „Low‟ or„Down‟ as in the area leftafter a low tide orreceding sea.
  • 4. The influence of the sea iseverywhere – it is a wayof life here.
  • 5. The influence of the sea iseverywhere – it is a wayof life here.Food and wine „of the sea‟go hand-in-hand.
  • 6. The influence of the sea iseverywhere – it is a wayof life here.Food and wine „of the sea‟go hand-in-hand.Thus – grapes cannot begrown in a traditionalmanner…
  • 7. Albariño grapes grown in such closeproximity to the sea are inundated withsea air, thus special care must be given toallow air flow around the vines.
  • 8. Albariño grapes grown in such closeproximity to the sea are inundated withsea air, thus special care must be given toallow air flow around the vines.Vines are spaced very far apart
  • 9. Albariño grapes grown in such closeproximity to the sea are inundated with seaair, thus special care must be given to allowair flow around the vines.Vines are spaced very far apartVines are also held up by HUGE (6 ft)concrete trellises to allow maximum airflowunder the fruit
  • 10. These massive concrete trellisesallow air to sweep under the vinesand drastically reduce the risk of rotfrom the damp sea air.
  • 11. Albariño grapes at harvest.
  • 12. Taste RiasBaixas inLa CanaalbariñobyJorge OrdonezSelections
  • 13. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.
  • 14. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.• Rioja Alta:
  • 15. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.• Rioja Alta:Highest elevation – thesewines are lighter on thepalate.A shorter growing seasonleads to less-ripe grapes.
  • 16. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.• Rioja Alavesa:
  • 17. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.• Rioja Alavesa:Similar climate to the RiojaAlta, but poor soil conditionsproduce fuller-bodied wineswith more acidity.
  • 18. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.• Rioja Baja:
  • 19. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.• Rioja Baja:The lowest and thus thehottest, most arid part ofRioja.Temperatures regularly reach95° each day during theSummer months.
  • 20. Located South of, and heavilyprotected by the CantabrianMountains, Rioja is dividedinto 3 sub-regions.• Rioja Baja:The lowest and thus thehottest, most arid part ofRioja.Temperatures regularly reach95° each day during theSummer months. Grapes from the Rioja Baja are often used to blend with other Rioja wines. They are high in alcohol and low in acidity or aroma.
  • 21. Located to the East of theCantabrian Mountains(Sierra Cantabria) is theRioja valley.Most of the vineyards areplanted at an elevation ofabout 1,500 feet.
  • 22. Notice the protection theSierra Cantabriamountain range provides.Pictured here – the SierraCantabria winery.
  • 23. Taste theRioja in theSierraCantabriaTintofrom JorgeOrdonezSelections.
  • 24. A flat, rocky plateaulocated along the Dueroriver.
  • 25. A flat, rocky plateaulocated along the Dueroriver.Elevation: 2400‟ – 3000‟
  • 26. Desert-like:
  • 27. Desert-like:• Low rainfall
  • 28. Desert-like:• Low rainfall• HIGH Summer temps
  • 29. Desert-like:• Low rainfall• HIGH Summer temps• LOW Winter temps
  • 30. Desert-like:• Low rainfall• HIGH Summer temps• LOW Winter temps• DRASTIC temp variations each day/night
  • 31. Desert-like:• Low rainfall• HIGH Summer temps• LOW Winter temps• DRASTIC temp variations each day/nightStressed Vines = Great Wines
  • 32. Notice the changing soiltypes as we move up thehill –Stressed Vines = Great Wines
  • 33. Notice the changing soiltypes as we move up thehill –At the top of the hill…You will find the LEAST nutrientsin the soil and thus the mostSTRESSFUL growing conditions.Stressed Vines = Great Wines
  • 34. Notice the changing soiltypes as we move up thehill –At the top of the hill…You will find the LEAST nutrientsin the soil and thus the mostSTRESSFUL growing conditions.At the bottom of the hill…The nutrient-rich soil has washeddown, so the grapes aren‟t stressed asmuch.Stressed Vines = Great Wines
  • 35. Goblet-TrainedTempranillo Vines
  • 36. Unlike the trellised vinesfound in less-stressful winegrowing regions, grapes heremust be hearty. Goblet-Trained Tempranillo Vines
  • 37. Unlike the trellised vinesfound in less-stressful winegrowing regions, grapes heremust be hearty.Goblet-training gives thevine a firm footing and theability to survive inloose, rocky soil with highwinds. Goblet-Trained Tempranillo Vines
  • 38. Bodegas Convento de Las Claras, Las Claras 2011 | 93pts D.O. Ribera Del Duero | Drink 2012-2019Taste Ribera "Another knock-out offering from adel Duero in winery founded in 2010, with some vineyards dating back to 1900, the 2011the Las Claras was aged in French oak, most of it new, for eight months prior to bottling. This fabulous bargain over- delivers in every sense. Its denseLas Claras ruby/purple color is accompanied by abundant notes of lead pencilTempranillo shavings, white chocolate, espresso roast and creme de cassis. This modern- styled Spanish, super-rich, intense redby Jorge takes ripeness to the limit. Consume it over the next 7-8 years." Robert ParkerOrdonezSelections
  • 39. Not visible on thismap, Montsant is a C-shaped region that nearlycircles the (MUCH moreexpensive) Priorat region.
  • 40. Here is a close-up of Montsant.
  • 41. Here is a close-up of Montsant.The area within the “C” shape isPriorat – a region with aparticularly treacherous terrain…
  • 42. Here is a close-up of Montsant.The area within the “C” shape isPriorat – a region with aparticularly treacherous terrain…Not that conditions are muchbetter in Montsant, but you getthe benefits of adverseconditions at lower prices!
  • 43. Sheer hillsides necessitateterraced farming methods.
  • 44. Sheer hillsides necessitateterraced farming methods.Each row is reinforced with aminiature „retaining wall‟ toprevent erosion, and harvesttime means careful, difficultwork.
  • 45. Sheer hillsides necessitateterraced farming methods.Each row is reinforced with aminiature „retaining wall‟ toprevent erosion, and harvesttime means careful, difficultwork.(unless you‟re this guyand you get to sit and chat onyour cell phone)
  • 46. Vineyards are at nearly 1,200 feetabove sea level.
  • 47. Vineyards are at nearly 1,200 feetabove sea level.Powerful red wines are the normhere.
  • 48. Vineyards are at nearly 1,200 feetabove sea level.Powerful red wines are the normhere. Many varietals areallowed, and Can Blau, today‟swine from Montsant, features 3Rhône varietals:
  • 49. Vineyards are at nearly 1,200 feetabove sea level.Powerful red wines are the normhere. Many varietals areallowed, and Can Blau, today‟swine from Montsant, features 3Rhône varietals:Cariñena (Carignan),Syrah andGarnacha (Grenache).
  • 50. As if it weren‟t difficult enoughto farm here – this is the “soil”that is typical in Montsant.
  • 51. As if it weren‟t difficult enoughto farm here – this is the “soil”that is typical in Montsant.It‟s called Llicorella (ee-core-EH-ya) and it is a mix of slateand quartz.
  • 52. As if it weren‟t difficult enoughto farm here – this is the “soil”that is typical in Montsant.It‟s called Llicorella (ee-core-EH-ya) and it is a mix of slateand quartz.In order to plant, you first dig ahole with a jackhammer…seriously.
  • 53. A vine‟s root system will have tospread down about 2meters, until it meets a rocktable. There it spreads out andhopes for water.
  • 54. A vine‟s root system will have tospread down about 2meters, until it meets a rocktable. There it spreads out andhopes for water.Remember:
  • 55. A vine‟s root system will have tospread down about 2meters, until it meets a rocktable. There it spreads out andhopes for water.Remember: Stressed Vines = Great Wines
  • 56. Taste Montsant inCan BlauBy Jorge OrdonezSelections
  • 57. A plateau in the presenceof mountains operationas a transition betweenthe Mediterranean andthe Central Plateau ofSpain.
  • 58. A plateau in the presenceof mountains operationas a transition betweenthe Mediterranean andthe Central Plateau ofSpain.Elevation: 1300‟ – 2600‟
  • 59. Soils in Jumilla have good moistureretaining properties, which allowsthe vines to survive during periodsof prolonged drought.
  • 60. Soils in Jumilla have good moistureretaining properties, which allowsthe vines to survive during periodsof prolonged drought.They are quite sandy, allowinggood aeration, have a high pHvalue and are low in salinity.
  • 61. Soils in Jumilla have good moistureretaining properties, which allowsthe vines to survive during periodsof prolonged drought.They are quite sandy, allowinggood aeration, have a high pHvalue and are low in salinity.As we see here, they can containhigh levels of lime as wells as fossilevidence.
  • 62. Soils in Jumilla have good moistureretaining properties, which allowsthe vines to survive during periodsof prolonged drought.They are quite sandy, allowinggood aeration, have a high pHvalue and are low in salinity.As we see here, they can containhigh levels of lime as wells as fossilevidence.Jumilla is one of Spain‟s oldest DO(Denominación de Origen) areas.
  • 63. The Monastrell vines thrive in veryrocky soil. Here we see bush vineswith a developing canopy.
  • 64. And here, again, bearing fruit.
  • 65. And here, again, bearing fruit.Note that there are only about 10 to11 clusters to this plant.
  • 66. And, now, near harvest.
  • 67. And, now, near harvest.Notice that the canopy is no longerproducing chlorophyl, signifyingthe end of the season.
  • 68. Taste Jumilla inJuan Gilfrom Gil FamilyEstates.

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