Wines of Spain
The Palacio Quemado winery is located in southwestern Spain near to the border with Portugal. It is a collaborative venture between the local Losada-Serra family and the Alvear family who have been in the wine and sherry business since 1729. The wines carry the Ribera del Guadiana appellation. The original vines were mostly Tempranillo but others have been added since. These include the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah but also some varieties which will be familiar to drinkers of Portuguese wine such Trincadeira and Touriga Nacional. This Crianza has been made with 95% Tempranillo and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has spent more than 9 months in American and French oak. With an intense garnet colour, and dark berries on the nose, it is a full-bodied, well-balanced wine with a long smooth finish Ideal with red meats, sausages and rice dishes such as paella and risotto.
Palacio Quemado Reserva is another blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French and American oak for 16 months and a further 20 months in bottle before release. Dark ruby in colour, with aromas of black fruit and toast, it is full-bodied, well-balanced and fruity with an elegant and long finish. Should age well and would be ideal with meat lasagna, stews, game and other red meat dishes.
Tempranillo (40%), Syrah (40%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) are used in the making of La Zarcita. Following fermentation, the wine spends 8 months in a mixture of new and old French oak barrels from the Allier, Vosges and Never forests. Dark cherry in colour there are aromas of black fruit and toast. Fruity and well-balanced there is a persistent fruity finish with notes of spice and soft tannins. Enjoy with grilled meats, pasta with roast vegetables, and grilled fish.
Made from a blend of several local grapes, Los Acilates spends about 12 months in French oak barrels after fermentation and a further 12 months in bottle before release. Dark cherry-red in colour, there are elegant floral and fruity notes on the nose with a hint of spices. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and well-balanced. There are notes of cherry and blackberries and a long finish with silky tannins. A perfect accompaniment to red meat dishes, roasts, poultry and cheese.