Baturrica, Gran Reserva, DO Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, 2007
DO Tarragona has welcomed modernisation and international varieties to the vineyard. Permitted black varieties are currently cabernet sauvignon, grenache, merlot, monastrell (mourvedre), pinot noir, carignan, syrah and ull de llebre (tempranillo). There are two vineyard areas, one inland with a more continental climate on the banks of the River Ebro, at 200-400m, with calcareous alluvial stony soils, the other on the coast with a Mediterranean climate, at 100-200m, with calcareous soils.
This wine: A blend of tempranillo (known here as ull de llebre) and cabernet sauvignon, aged for 24 months in oak and 36 months in bottle before release, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Lidl, about £4 (2014).
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of warm stewed red and black cherry, rich ripe red plum, and whiff of violets, warm spice, dried herbs, liquorice and tobacco, and a touch of dark chocolate.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol and medium (-) body, with a medium (-) intensity, with flavours of stewed red fruits, warm spice – cinnamon and a hint of vanilla, and liquorice. A medium (-) length with a clean lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with a balanced structure of acidity with tannins, which are a little too drying, and so out of balance with the fruit intensity, though alcohol is harmonious with the whole. Developing, with some intensity and interesting complexity on the nose, but this does not follow through to the palate, which shows modest intensity and concentration, and a disappointing length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now, not suitable for further ageing.