Vina Santa Marina Vendimia Tardia Viognier 2012
In the late 18th century Juan de Alvear was posted to Cordoba. His son, then the Mayor of Nájera, married a Cordoban and moved to Montilla where, keeping with the family tradition, he planted vines and set up a bodega in 1715. His descendents were mainly marines and soldiers who, on retirement, returned home to work in the bodega. One of the most famous of these was Diego de Alvear Ponce de Leon
They chose a spectacular site at the foot of the Lamoneda Mountain range which, according to recent research, was where the family of Roman General Maximus produced wines that were fashionable in Rome.
Twenty centuries later, this unique vineyard, and a combination of cutting edge technology and traditional methods, produces exceptional wines from a bodega tucked into the vineyards
Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.
Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.
Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.