The Date and Time: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:15AM to 1PM
The Event: a tasting of "The Wines of Navarra: WOW", held in conjunction with several dinners around town at Patria and other places.
The Venue: Patria
The Target Audience: wine media and sommeliers, agents.
The Availability/Catalogue: wines are generally not available yet in Ontario, although the companies here had agents who could do private orders and even consignments.
The Quote/Background: Jordi Vidal of the Consejo Regulador Denominacion de Origen Navarra was in town to lead a seminar, along with Barry Brown, President of the Spanish Wine Society. In general, Navarra exports 27% to the UK, 25% to Germany, and 0.2% to Canada. Local grapes (Iberian grapes) comprise 63% of the wines by volume. It was only in the 1980s that continental varieties were introduced (chardonnay, merlot, cabernets). Vineyard hectare totals are at 11,500. 30% of Navarra wines are rose, always saignee. The rest are reds (60%), dry whites (9%), and sweet (1%).
The Wines: I did not try all the wines. Prices are also vague.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bodegas de Monjardin Reserva Seleccion 2008 [Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Tempranillo]MCO
-Bodega Principe de Viana Garnacha Viñas Viejas 2013 $12 John Hanna
-Bodega Principe de Viana Edicion Limitada 2013 $18 John Hanna
-Bodega Otazu Senorio de Otazu Chardonnay Oak Fermented 2009 Chalk Slate Gravel
-Bodega de Monjardin Chardonnay Barrique BF 2012 MCO
-Bodega Ochoa Reserva 2007 $25 HHD Imports
-Bodega Ochoa 8A Origens Stunning Stones Reserva 2007 HHD Imports
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bodegas de Monjardin Tempranillo Clasico MCO
-Bodegas Inuerrieta Norte 2011 [50%Cabernet Sauvignon, 50%Merlot] Tandem
-Bodegas Inuerrieta Cuatrocientos 2011 Tandem
-Bodegas Inuerrieta Altos de Inurrieta 2009 $24.95 Tandem
-Bodegas Tandem Macula Reserva 2006 [Merlot-Cabernet] $30 Hobbs & Co
-Bodegas Tandem Ars Nova 2010 $22 Hobbs & Co
-Bodegas Tandem Ars Invitro 2011 Hobbs & Co
-Bodega Otazu Senorio de Otazu Cabernet 2008 Chalk Slate Gravel
-Bodegas Albret Chardonnay 2013 Azureau
-Bodega Albret Vina de mi Madre 2009 Azureau
-Bodega Irache Reserva 2007 $22.95 USC Group
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Inurrieta Orchidea Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The Food: breakfast croissants and danish, coffee.
The Downside: it was early, and later the microphone went off and on.
The Upside: a chance to taste some new wines from Navarra.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.