The Vineyard Wine Market

Spanish Coto de Hayas Tasting

This coverage of our Drop In style tasting Thursday, June 21, 2012 is courtesy of BottleReport.com.

It was a drop in style tasting that introduced some new wines to the market that are very reasonably priced. If you are looking for some Old World Wines that lean toward a New World style these wines are very much worth a try.

Chuck Adkins, of Continental Beverage, was on hand to educate the tasters on how the Spanish wines are named and how the grapes are used to make some nice blends. For example the Rosé has some Cabernet added to tone down the acidic Garnarcha.

My favorite was the Tempranillo Carbenet. A nicely balanced wine to my palate. No heavy minerality that I often taste in Spanish wines.

If you like a nice earthy wine that has a bit more dryness to it then you should try the Castillo de Fundejalon Crianza.

Now this is not a small winery. Bodegas Aragonesas has 8,600 acres of cultivated grapes and produces 1.5 milliion liters a year. Several of their wines are obviously for export because they don’t mention several of these wines on their website. Lucky us.

Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Coto de Hayas Chardonnay 2009
  2. Coto de Hayas Rosé of Garnacha Cabernet 2010
  3. Coto de Hayas Crianza 2008
  4. Coto de Hayas Tempranillo Cabernet 2010
  5. Coto de Hayas Garnacha Syrah 2009
  6. Castillo de Fundejalon Crianza 2008

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Coto de Hayas Chardonnay 2009
Nice light Chardonnay. This is an old World Chardonnay. Definitely not a California Chard.
From: Campo de Borja, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Aragonesas
Cost: $9.99
Year: 2009

Coto de Hayas Rosé of Garnacha Cabernet 2010
Nice fruit forward start with a hint of acidity toward the finish. Nice summer sipper.
From: Campo de Borja, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Aragonesas
Cost: $9.99
Year: 2010

Coto de Hayas Crianza 2008
Ruby red color of medium intensity with violet tones, clean and bright. Medium intensity, complex aromas of ripe fruit and spices. Smooth, full tasting and harmonic with the tannins from the oak, with a pleasing complexity that lingers on.–From their Website This wine has some nice vanilla notes. Not overly oaky. But to be called a Crianza in Spain, said Chuck, a wine must remain in an oak barrels for at least a year. Strong oak flavors are very much desired by the Spanish palate.
From: Campo de Borja, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Aragonesas
Cost: $10.99
Year: 2008

Coto de Hayas Tempranillo Cabernet 2010
The color is deep red with violet tones. The aroma is fruity and potent, reflecting the varieties, against a spicy background afforded by the “crianza” on the lees in oak casks. On the palate it is full -tasting and well structured, smooth and subtly complex. The taste lingers on for a long time.–From their Website
From: Campo de Borja, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Aragonesas
Cost: $10.99
Year: 2010

Coto de Hayas Garnacha Syrah 2009
Cherry red color with violet hues, very clean and bright. The intense aroma is a blend of subtle fruit and balsam, pleasantly complex and denoting high quality. Full, well-structured, lingering taste, rich nuances, long aftertaste.–From their Website

This wine is very jammy. The aroma is of very dark jam. If you like the mouthfeel of a dark and intense wine this one fits the bill.

From: Campo de Borja, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Aragonesas
Cost: $9.99
Year: 2009

Castillo de Fundejalon Crianza 2008
This wine is a blend of selected grapes from vines more than 30 years old (Garnacha) and 20 years old (Tempranillo). Presented in a Bordeaux bottle with parchment wrap. The grapes used are Garnacha 75 %, Tempranillo 25 %. A six months crianza in American Oak Casks, plus a minimum ten months aging in its own bottle. Very clean and bright; of ruby red color with crimson tones. Medium intensity, its complex aromas are a fine blend of spicy and ripe fruit scents. Smooth and full-flavored in harmony with the tannins afforded by the oak. The taste lingers on for a long time.–From their Website
From: Campo de Borja, Spain
Winery: Bodegas Aragonesas
Cost: $9.99
Year: 2008