This week I have been revisiting Spain in my studies. Instead of trying a classic Rioja this time, I found a Spanish, Rhone style blend with 50% Garnacha and 50% Syrah and no Mouvedre which is called Monastrell in Spain. In Arizona, we have many GSM’s (Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre blends) which is a classic Rhone style.
The Agoston 2015 is from the DOP of Carinena, near the Iberico Mountain range, and the DO dates back to 1932. It’s close to the city of Zaragoza in Aragon in the Northeast corner of Spain. The Wild Boar on the label references the animals coming into the vineyards from the forest nearby and nibbling on the fruit. Again, it reminds me of our local Arizona Javelina, though a total different animal.
This dry red wine was a beautiful color of purple/ruby and had a medium body. The nose had aromas of cherry and vanilla and the palate was fruity with notes of cherry, raspberry, vanilla and pepper. This is definitely fruit forward, more New World in style, but not as jammy as a California blend and to me more food friendly. It had 13.5 % alcohol, medium acidity and finished at around 25 seconds.
What was surprising was that even after 2 days, the wine was still quite drinkable. At under $12, this is a great, easy drinking choice.
My daughter is studying at Yavapai College in the dual Viticulture and Enology program. She had her Enology final last night and asked me to study with her and quiz her. I was amazed at how many of the questions that I knew the answers to. The depth of information that is covered in the CSW book and workbook is remarkable. There is still so much more to learn and I plan on starting over again in January. Next week my study group from Yavapai will be covering Spain, one of my favorite Countries for wine. What’s always fun with the Yavapai group study sessions is that everyone brings a bottle of wine from the country we are studying and therefore, we get to try a variety of wines from the area. Maybe I’ll write on one of Spanish varietals next week😊
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.