Papa Luna – Divine wine

Papa Luna

Spain 14.5%

Named after the last pope to reign under a dual papacy in the 14th and 15th Century in Avignon, Pedro Martinez de Luna who was born in Calatayud and was a local and historical icon. This wine is made as a homage to him.

I first tasted this at my local Majestic store a couple of years ago, I bought a couple of bottles stored them away and then forgot about them until now. What a pleasant surprise it was when I opened it and took that first sip, as the title says it was divine.

Inky black in the glass, after a quick swirl (the glass not me) and a deep sniff there were powerful aromas of dark ripe fruits mainly cherries and plums, with my nose still in the glass more aromas of cigar boxes, chocolate and a whiff of lavender emanated.

Drank this straight out of the bottle after opening (poured into a glass first) but I think it would benefit from a little more air although it still tasted pretty good as it was.

Smooth is mentioned a lot when people first taste wine but this is exactly what this was, almost velvety and elegant, intense taste of dark cherries that have been dipped in chocolate burst in your mouth along with liquorice. Bordering on jammy it also had a spicy savoury kick to it, mild tannins and an extremely long finish.

This was really very good and much better than you would expect from a wine this price, I will be back in store to get more

8.5corks

My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Majestic currently  £7.86 on Multi Buy

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el gordito – The little fat one

elgorditoSpain 14%

Strange name (translates to little fat or chubby one), pretty non descript label but far from a non descript wine, this is a silky smooth blend of Garnacha and Syrah from Calatayud in the south west region of Aragon in Spain.

I bought this from the Wine Society a few months ago but looking through their listing now it seems to have unfortunately disappeared, shame because this would have definitely been a repeat buy.

I love Garnacha (Grenache), I love its exuberent fruity flavour and this has fruit in abundance especially cherries, almost like those cherry fruit drop sweets I remember as a kid. There was a kind of sweet perfumed aroma on the nose and a subtle smokiness in the taste which i really found appealing.

The more sips taken the more I enjoyed this wine, it grows on you, mild tannins and a touch of that smoke from the French oak barrels really lift this wine into something really likeable. Bright, fresh, sour with a sweetish finish and very food friendly although I finished a glass after eating and probably enjoyed it more just savouring that smokey fruitiness.

This is a really good wine and was featured in Decanters top 50 wines under £20 and rightly so at around £9.99.

8corksMy Rating 8/10 Corks

Around £9.99

 

And the winner of best Red Wine is…..

Honoro OscarsHonoro Vera Garnacha 2012 from Bodegas Ateca in Calatayud Northern Spain , the wine served during the Gala Dinner at the 2013 Oscars in which Argo the American political thriller won best film

First tasted this wine at the Good Food & Wine Show Olympia a couple of years ago where I attended the wine Tube Map event run by Nikki Welch. Here this Garnacha was voted the best of the reds in their excellent tasting, when i arrived home I immediately ordered a case from Hatties Wines and now I’m down to my last bottle of this wonderful stuff. When I first tasted this I was blown away by it, for the price it was one of the best Garnacha’s I’ve tasted in a while, balanced intense fruit with a spicy earthiness and creamy finish and a brilliant label.

Honoro Vera medleyVery brooding and inky black in the glass with wonderful heady aromas of rich ripe plums, cherries, cranberries and dark chocolate with an underlying essence of smoke and perhaps a little church incense.

On first sip, this was full-bodied, full of ripe sweet dark fruits including plums, raspberries and cherries, creamy tasting with an impressive smokiness about it. This had a brilliant mouthfeel bursting with that sweetish acidic fruit and mild tannins.

Drank this with Sirloin Steak and chips and it paired beautifully.

Must admit I am partial to a good Garnacha and this is a wonderful example of it and for £9.99 excellent value, better than some Garnacha/Grenache I’ve tasted at three times the price, although I have seen this in Spain for as little as 4 Euros, which is a steal.

8.5corksMy Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Hatties wines £9.99