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Master of Wine

Roger C. Bohmrich

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Tasted & Recommended - Spain

I have worked closely with many Spanish wine producers during my time as an importer, with a particular emphasis on the Rioja. As a retailer, I featured a wide selection of Spanish wines and set up direct relationships with wineries in several regions. Spain is the source of some of the world's greatest values at low prices. The country also produces superb wines from diverse indigenous grapes that can stand alongside classics from other parts of the world, and these wines as well are often comparative bargains.

Special Feature

The Wines of Vega Sicilia -

Notes from 3 Tastings

Here are my background and tasting notes for the wines of Vega Sicilia, including Unico back to the 1942 vintage. These come from three separate tastings in 2013, 2012 and 1996.

Landscape of the Rioja

Interested in unusual wines, perhaps vinified in the open air in fermenters cut out of stone on slopes in Northern Spain? Then let me share this intriguing story of "extreme individuality."

Clos Mogador Priorato tinto 2008 ****(*)

C- dense blackish red-purple

N- super-concentrated, but still held in; superb dark red & black fruits & smoky oak overlay

P- very impressive from attack; concentrated, expansive; still very young with tremendous reserve; very long, intense finish combining a mélange of fruits & oak spice – an exciting modern wine blended from approx. 40% Garnacha/35% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Syrah/5% Pinot Noir, Mourvedre & Merlot aged in 500-liter new French oak


Clos Mogador Priorato tinto 2009 ****(*)

C- opaque black purple

N- very youthful with hidden power – all in reserve; profound, ripe black fruits & berries; fresh, dry peppery intensity

P- explosive & virile attack; super-concentrated, but not viscous or heavy; largely closed in & difficult to approach at this stage; powerful grip of tannin & acidity; demands cellaring of at least 4 to 6 years to be tamed & reveal itself – blend as above

Clos Figueres Priorato tinto “Serras del Priorat” 2009 ***(*)

C- dense black purple

N- high-toned, young, penetrating & feral with core of black fruits

P- fleshy on entry; has excellent concentration & equilibrium with a fine, integrated backbone of acidity; still tightly wound & held back –a blend of younger vines, 60% Garnacha/20% Carinena/20% Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah matured in 500-liter French oak


Clos Figueres Priorato tinto “Font de la Figuera” 2008 ****

C- blackish red-purple

N- penetrating, concentrated; complex mix of black fruits, licorice, spice & roasted highlights

P- ripe & layered; very expansive in its flavors; very long, rich; complex fruits with pronounced oak & wood spice (cinnamon, clove) in the aftertaste – 60% Garnacha & Carinena from older vines/30% Syrah, Mourvedre & Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in 225- & 300-liter French oak (of 1 use)


Clos Figueres Priorato tinto 2007 ****(+)

C- dense black red-purple

N- highly concentrated & intensely penetrating; crushed red & black fruits with oak accents

P- an immediate impression of freshness, intensity & cut; very youthful, very reserved; just opening on a long, multi-faceted finish marked by expressive aromatics melding fruit & oak notes; underlying sweet ripeness surfaces at end – a blend of 70% Garnacha & Carinena (30 to 60-year old vines)/20% Syrah/10% Mourvedre & Cabernet Sauvignon vinfied in new 500-liter casks and matured for 13 months in 225- & 300-liter Allier (new + 1 use)