Tasting the Wines of Valencia, Spain
Valencia is a Spanish region that sounds oh-so-familiar but, in reality, is one which few Americans could pinpoint on a map. It’s actually a region of Spain in the east, along the Mediterranean sea — about as far away from the more famous regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero as you can get in the country.
I recently missed a tasting event where wines from this region were poured… but the organizers were kind enough to send a couple of bottles later for evaluation. Some thoughts on a pair of wines from this value-driven region follow.
NV Anecoop Reymos – A sparkling Muscat. Pear is distinct on the nose. On the palate: toasty biscuits, pineapple, and lots of Muscat-like citrusy sweetness. Not exactly a dry, sipping experience, it’s a festive fruit bomb that’s fine… in moderation. B- / $12
2009 Bodegas Enguera Megala – 60% Monastrell, 40% Syrah. Some plum and raisin up front, with a little peppery edge behind it. Blueberries are big in the middle, touched with some cinnamon and pomegranate notes. Finally, earth and mushroom touches on the finish along with all the fruit. Light acidity, but a little flabby on the finish. Worthwhile. B+ / $25