92/100 points for our wine ZINIO Seleccion de Suelos 2011
In order to craft this wine we make use of only the best grapes from our best plots from our best soils. Andreas Larsson, best Sommelier of the World 2007 does blind tasting for all the wines, and rates the quality, with no previous judgment. We are proud of it! And you, have you tasted it?
2011 was a very dry year, only 345mm rainfall throughout the year. Hence, plants went through great hydric stress. July was a cold month but August and September were particularly hot, thus producing an early harvest. We are rendered with a historic Riojan vintage, featuring wines marked by high concentration and structure.
It is a deep cherry‐red wine ‐ fine on the palate and providing a velvety finish. It features nuances of coffee beans and toffee, well‐balanced by ripe fruit; also reminiscent of prunes, blackberry and sweet spices. A very complex wine with potential and good bottle aging till its finalRead More
An ideal accompaniment to special occasions and great company!
Maria Martinez, Winemaker Director of Bodegas Patrocinio shares her hands-on experience on this year’s Harvest in an insightful interview where she reflects on The 2018 Vintage – which offers the comforting plenty and quality all agriculturalists seek.
“The year was rife with complications due to vines affected by aggressive frost back in 2017. Therefore, our team strived to monitor vineyard development throughout the year. On the one hand, Spring provided bountiful rainfall and different plagues loomed over our vineyard, so grapegrowers kept a close eye on the vines in order to mitigate the negative impact of grapevine disease. On the other hand, a mild and benign Summer contributed to the great produce of 2018 in the end”
An outline of the topics discussed by Maria is as follows:
- How is the right grape for each wine picked?
- What phase of development is each 2018 Vintage wine in?
- At the Cellar: the use of the mustmetre, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation.
- The tasting: youthful and unoaked white, rosé and red
- Red wine: hints, maceration and intense colour hues
Our wines express the sheer purity of the grapes of Uruñuela – whose people are known as “Storks.” Based on Tempranillo, a hallmark of DOCa Rioja, we have crafted a series of wines that capture the soul of our land. They are characterised by a good selection of grapes, which translate into balanced wines with structure and a strong core of fruit intensity. Continue ReadingRead More
Great ratings for Bodegas Patrocinio’s wines in La Guía de Vinos y Aceites 2018 – La Semana Vitivinícola. Our best performing ranges have been:
ZINIO, Crianza Vendimia Seleccionada Tempranillo, 2015, 95 pts.
ZINIO 200 Tempranillo & Graciano, 2015, 93 pts.
In the context of the Institute of Masters of Wine’s international Symposium, entitled ‘Living Wine’ which took place in Rioja, Spain, Bodegas Patrocinio welcomed several wine journalists and Masters of Wine. Among these, Matt Walls, who has been in the wine trade for 15 years and recently became Contributing Editor at Decanter; he also writes for other magazines including Foodism, and Harpers Wine & Spirit; Peter Dean, co-founder for the UK premium on-trade magazine The Buyer, which launched in 2016; he has also contributed to other key titles such as The Guardian and the UK wine and spirit trade magazine Harpers.
As well, Patrick Schmitt MW, editor-in-chief at The Drinks Business, called on us. Patrick also writes for, and manages, the European and Hong Kong editions of this publication and heads up the publication’s panel tastings such as the Rioja Panel Tasting which takes place every year for the magazine. Patrick became a Master of Wine in March 2015 and for the last two years, he has been shortlisted for editor of the year in the business and professional magazine category for the British Society of Magazine Editors.
Master of Wine (MW) is the most prestigious title in the world of wine. What started more than sixty years ago as a qualification for the UK wine trade is now held by a global family of 370 Masters of Wine, in 28 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, shippers, business owners, retailers, academics, sommeliers, wine educators, writers, journalists and more.
Just as we have commented in this blog in previous entries (August 16th 2017) the lifeline of this project is assessing the behavior of the different grape varieties and the different training systems in use. Our goal is to provide hands-on experience to both staff and wine growers, a way to create synergy and build awareness of the nature of our terroir.
In this new post we wish to draw readers a bit closer to our five main grape varieties, that is Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Viura and Tempranillo Blanco. Gaining an insight into these varieties will provide our followers with the special features and characteristics of our best-known grapes.
The pictures below reveal how well the different varieties can be distinguished at their current grapevine growth stage (inflorescences well developed). Very soon the flowering stage will follow, bringing renewed enthusiasm at a crucial point in grapevine growth development.
Our commercial manager, Juan Pradell, visited three Central American countries: Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico. It was a tight itinerary with lots of meeting, interviews, training sessions, wine tasting and wine pairing events. He started off in Panama City where he stayed at one of Panama’s most exclusive hotels; then he flew to Costa Rica and wrapped up the tour with his 3-day stay in Mexico. It was a fruitful business trip where he was able to strengthen our relationship with long-standing customers and broaden Lágrimas de Maria‘s marketshare, which gradually consolidates its position as one of Central America’s best sold Spanish wines.Read More
ProWein is probably the world’s leading trade fair for wine and spirits – scheduled to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 18th to 20th March, 2018. Exclusively targeted to wine professionals, ProWein is a must-see meeting venue for professionals from viticulture, production, trade and gastronomy. The three days of intensive business activity prove ProWein to be the highlight of this year’s wine events worldwide.Read More
Bodegas Patrocinio spearheads innovation through its latest development: the production of a new type of wine, wholly free from animal-based products, i.e. a fully vegan wine.
Wine is simply grape juice transformed by yeasts (microorganisms), which allow fermentation. Nevertheless, winemaking techniques also include the use of fining agents that help eliminate proteins, yeasts and other molecules that give wine a cloudy appearance.Read More
Sunday January 21st was the closing day of major Madrid-based tourist fair FiTur2018. A hit in terms of attendees (bus-loads pouring into the venue) and economic impact, worth 260 million Euros, FiTur consolidated its position as one of the most important tourist fairs in Europe. Continue ReadingRead More