Finca Valdepoleo, Bodegas Pujanza
His entry-level red Pujanza was born from this first vineyard and some small amounts of grapes harvested from another plot. A 100% Tempranillo grown on 11 plots, it used to be aged separately and blended according to the style of the vintage and the evolution of the wines. After the 2011 vintage, this bottling was interrupted and replaced by Finca Valdepoleo which is based on the original vineyard and presented on Burgundy bottles.
There are three single vineyard wines whose image was also renewed in 2011. The most important is Pujanza Norte now in a Burgundy-shaped bottle, which comes from one of the highest vineyards in Laguardia (650 meters), a long, narrow and windy plot (hence the name: norte means north). It was a present from his father on his 18th birthday and Carlos planted the vineyard with his own hands. Cisma is a rare bottling which comes from the tiny La Valcavada plot, planted straight on the rootstock and without grafting by his grandfather more than 80 years ago. Burgundian in style, it commands a much higher price. Production of Pujanza Añadas Frías (Cold Vintages) is even more anecdotal. Its Viura grapes come from the San Juan de Anteportalantina plot, which lies at 600 meters of altitude on highly calcareous soils. As its name suggests, it is only made on the coolest vintages. Climate change does not help much hence the only examples to date are the 2007,2010 and 2013 vintages.
The economic downturn prompted the launch some years ago of Pujanza Hado, a fruit-forward, easy drinking wine which is aged in barrels for up to 12-13 months. It has benefited from the changes in the range – since the 2011 vintage it is made from some grapes that used to go to Pujanza.
Carlos San Pedro’s wines are generally a good example of modern Rioja. They are fruit-driven, expressive and round on the palate, with acidity as the guiding element helping them to be drinkable and balanced.
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
The Perano estate is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Gaiole and enjoys exceptional climate and soil. The vineyards are located 500 meters above sea level, well above the altitude common for red variety grapes, especially Sangiovese with its late maturation phase.
Luminosity and minerality with a touch of feminine elegance. A hidden gem, surrounded by sequoias, firs and chestnut trees which reveals itself to those travelling through the first woods of the Florentine mountains, with vines climbing to an altitude of 700 metres.