Ribas Wine Tasting

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Wines Tasted

◊   1 White   ◊

Ribas Blanc 2014

◊   2 Reds   ◊

Sio 2013
Ribas Negre 2012

Ribas tasting

Wine tasting at Bodega Ribas is really like going over to a good family friends’ place. It is a loving and welcoming environment. Even though it is one of the oldest wineries on the island, you feel their desire to evolve with the times and keep current. It is a wonderful juxtaposition. They are driven to perfection and dedicated to the Mallorcan authentic grapes. A must on the Mallorcan Wine Trail!


#1
Ribas Blanc 2014
Grapes: Prensal Blanc 87%
Viognier 13%

Ribas Blanc

Comment:
Tawnee: This is a beautiful colored white-fresh, delicate and clean. It is summer sunshine in a glass. It is a great combination of sweetness and citrus flavors, perfect for sipping on the patio while watching the kids or for combining with a great summer lunch of rice and fish.

Merie: The Ribas 2014 is a fresh, light, clean and crisp young white wine. The grapes are harvested by hand, and then again hand culled for perfect quality. They are gently pressed at low pressure before a long fermentation in Stainless Steel tanks at low temperatures to retain the subtle aromas of these unique grapes. The wine is 12.5% alcohol in strength. Enologist Araceli helped us understand the aromas: Prensal Blanc gives a delicious white fruit and citrus nose. The taste was crisp, and white-fruit, like pear and citrus, with a slight desirable-bitterness. Our guide Sylvia told us the Viognier gives characteristic complexity and smoothness as a balance and complement to the bright Prensal Blanc.


#2
Sio Negre 2013
Grapes: Manto Negro 50%
Syrah 25%
Cabernet Sauvignon 15%
Merlot 10%

Ribas Sio

Comment:
Tawnee: There is something beautiful knowing that a bodega honors their heritage, and this line of wines is named after the grandmother of the family Ribas – Concepsio thus Sio! This was my favorite wine we tasted. A very bold wine, it fills the mouth as a deep rich smooth velvety carpet unrolls for royalty. There is a hint of sweetness that mixes with some spice that makes it a perfect compliment. This wine is a great combination for grilled meats either on the BBQ or on the open fire.

Merie: Next Sylvia poured the Sio Nerge 2013. What a marvelous wine! Sio is aged 12 months in Oak barrel: 50% in new French oak, and 50% in second year French oak after it has aged their Ribas de Cabrerra wine! These vintners really know how to delicately weave their magic! Sylvia opened a new bottle for us and it needed to breathe; but then as the tannins softened, a great, complex flavor developed. The aromas were of ripe black fruit and spices, and the flavors almost tobacco and later to chocolate; Stunning!  Araceli told us that in her view the 2013 was not quite ready – that the 2012 would be better now.


#3
Ribas Negre 2012
Grapes: Manto Negro 50%
Merlot 25%
Syrah 20%
Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

Ribas Negre

Comment:
Tawnee: The Ribas Negre 2012 has a beautiful deep red cherry color. The aromas match the color being full of red and black berries. This is an excellent stable wine that has just the right amount of tannins.  A great compliment to a long lunch. Great for combining with lamb chops or rabbit in the autumn or winter.

Merie: Last, Sylvia poured the Ribas Negre 2012. It is aged 12 months in oak barrel: 75% French oak and 25% American oak for the different flavors they provide. It has 14.5% alcohol strength. Again, these grapes are all hand picked and then further hand selected. The fermentation is at a moderate temperature to preserve the desired aromas of red fruit from the Manto Negro, and the smooth tannins of the other grapes. The aromas are rich but light, almost chocolate, oh I was stretching to figure this out! I DID know that the flavor of this wine is so good, robust but not forceful. A true gem. Aracelli tried a taste and quieted: as today is unbelievably hot, she felt it had over-opened in our glasses – but I thought it was perfect.


Note: Because it was sold out we didn’t get to taste their signature red: Ribas de Cabrera 2012 which is 55% Manto Negro, 40% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and aged 12 mo in 100% new French oak.


Desconfio de la gente

As we paid for the bottles of wine and T-shirts we had decided to buy, we noticed a special edition wine they made this year called: “Desconfio de la Gente que No Bebe.”   The English translation: “I Don’t Trust Anyone Who Doesn’t Drink.”   It has a unique label with a skeleton sitting in a chair and takes its inspiration from Humphrey Bogart.  We couldn’t resist. We splurged and decided to buy it. It is a first year vintage and is Ribas’ tribute to the Manto Negro grape:  95% Manto Negro and 5% other grapes. There has been a lot of controversy over the Manto Negro grape as it can be a difficult grape and some think it cannot stand alone.  Well, Ribas took the challenge and has created this rare wine. We look forward to uncorking it on a special occasion that will do honor to the passion and dedication to making this wine.


Ribas thank you
Thank You Sylvia and Araceli!

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José Ferrer Wine Tasting

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Wines Tasted:

◊   3 Reds   ◊

Pedra de Binissalem Negre 2013
Reserva Veritas 2007
Veritas, Vinyes Velles

Jose Ferrer multiple lines

There is no shortage of wines to choose from for tasting! With five different lines of wines produced at José Ferrer, we wanted to taste them all! However, we must have told Miguel we are red-centric, because we only tasted red wines today. In retrospect, of course we should have tried a white and a rose, because it is hard to understand the full spectrum of the winery when you only taste one type. But, one really can’t taste everything as a drop-in; and we were going with the flow – as one does!

Putting our glasses beside a plate of Quelly biscuits and Mahon cheese (great authentic Mallorcan products for our tasting), Miguel poured, and we dove into a sea of red.


#1
Pedra de Binissalem Negre 2013
Grapes: Mantonegro
Cabernet Sauvignon

Jose Ferrer Pedra de Binissalem

Comment:
Tawnee: I am so happy to see that a major producer on the island is getting into organic wine! We had to try this red! It was delicate, with ripe berry tones and a distinct finish.

Merie: The first wine was the Pedra de Binissalem, Negre 2013. This deep red wine is organic, from their own Vineyard at Finca Sa Pareteta which is registered Ecological. It is a blend of Manto Negro and Cabernet grapes. They cool the bunches of grapes before squeezing, and maceration and fermentation are done in stainless tanks before following with 6 months in new American and French oak barrels. This wine has aromas of berries and ripe fruit, with the chocolate and coffee notes of French oak.


#2
Reserva Veritas 2007
Grapes: Manto Negro
Callet
Cabernet Sauvignon

Jose Ferrer Veritas

Comment:
Tawnee:  I was happy to be able to try a Reserva on the tasting list, as usually they do not open them. This was a solid wine. The name is perfectly chosen – Veritas in English means “the truth.”  It would be good served with a traditional meal of Mallorcan lamb chops, fried garlic and French fries.

Merie: Next we tried The Reserva Veritas 2007 red. Fermented in stainless, aged one year in French and American oak, then aged in bottle over two years before sale. It is made from 60% Manto Negro, then Callet and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a very rich, almost smoky wine, with aromas and flavor of ripe fruit.


#3
Veritas Vinyes Velles
Grapes: Manto Negro
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Callet

Jose Ferrer Veritas Vinyes Velles

Comment:
Tawnee: This is my favorite wine of all that we tasted, and I like the label with the big V! V for Veritas (the truth). It is a solid wine with a good rich flavor in mouth. Vinyes Velles means “the old vines” and that is where this wine comes from – José Ferrer’s oldest vines. Knowing this adds to the enjoyment of drinking it, it is deep rooted and full of heritage and wisdom.

Merie: Finally we tried the Veritas red. All the Manto Negro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Callet grapes in this wine are hand chosen from old vines. Held in French and American oak for one year. It is rich, with smoky almost roasted, aromas and flavor.


Here is the rub: There is some quality about these reds that wasn’t to our taste. We are wondering if the grapes are pressed too ripe, or if a short fermentation period leaves some residual sugars, or maybe the tannins are too smooth… we really don’t know. These wines are rich and robust and have a ripe fruit quality; however, there was something different about them that was consistent in all. Further education is needed!


Jose Ferrer Miguel

Thank you Miguel!

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Macia Batle Wine Tasting

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Wines Tasted:

◊   1 White   ◊

Blanc de Blancs Dolç 2010

◊   2 Rosé   ◊

Rosado 2014
Margalida Llompart Rosé 2014

◊   3 Red   ◊

 Crianza 2012
Crianza 2010
Margalida Llompart Negre 2012

Macia batle bottles

Macia Batle knows how to do a tasting! Isabel was extremely informative and knew her wines and their production. It was wonderful to learn so much about the wines while enjoying them. As we went along, each wine was paired with a specific cracker and topping. It was delicious to follow Isabel’s suggestions, and then to try our own pairing ideas as well. It is striking how much a pairing accents the wine! We suggest always tasting the wine alone before pairing, both to know the wine, but also to see how it develops. We were asked at the beginning if we preferred whites or reds and we, of course, said REDS!  That is why we didn’t try a dry white first – and only tasted the sweet white after the reds.  Live and learn.


#1
Rosado 2014
Grapes: Manto Negro
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Merlot

Macia batle Rosado

Comment:
Tawnee:  Rosado – the Spanish translation of Rosé. The blend of these four grapes creates a traditional rosé color and a slight sweetness to the wine. I noted soft aromas of apple. I would drink this wine chilled in the early afternoon on the terrace while reading a good book. It is very fresh.

Merie: We started with the Rosado 2014, a blend of Manto Negro, Cabernet, Syrah, and Merlot. Legs of sugar and alcohol glistened down the glass. 13.5% alcohol, tart, clear and young, with a fruity scent. We tried it with both black and green olive oils and spreads with great effect. A super rosé at a good price.


#2
Margalida Llompart Rosé 2014
Grapes: Manto Negro 100%

Macia Batle Margalida Llompart Rose

Comment:
Tawnee: I love to see tradition honored, and using the grandmother’s name for a bottle is beautiful. Normally in Mallorca you name your children after their grandmothers. This is why there are so many names repeated in families here on the island. This Rosé has aromas of cherries and contains 13.5% alcohol. Its delicate flavor matches the subtle rose color created from the Manto Negro grape. It is a wonderful appetizer drink on a summer’s day.

Merie: The Rosé Margalida Llompart has a photo of the grandmother as the label — somewhere we learned there is a tradition of honoring the mothers by naming a good wine after them! This wine is 100% Manto Negro so is lighter in color than the Rosado blend. I found it slightly more acid or tart, very fresh and lightly dry.


#3
Crianza 2012
Grapes: Manto Negro
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Merlot

Macia Batle Crianza 2012

Comment:
Tawnee: This is a smooth bottle of red. It is has lots of ripe berry flavor and good body. I enjoyed it.

Merie: Next we tasted the Crianza 2012 red which is 50% Manto Negro and 20/20/10 Cabernet/Syrah/Merlot, with 10 months in Barrel, and then 14 in bottle. It is 14% alcohol, showed more legs. Interestingly, it is the same blend of grapes as the Rosé Llompart – but it sits with its skins longer for the deep red color and tannins they give. It is smooth, elegant, and soft. And we were told the longer it ages in bottle the better it gets for special occasions.


#4
Crianza 2010
Grapes: Manto Negro
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Merlot

Macia batle Crianza 2010

Comment:
Tawnee: What a difference just two years can make! I really loved the body in this red. It had solid tannins and a great finish. I would say it is worth it to buy a more recent bottle, and keep it to open a few years down the line.

Merie: The Crianza 2010 is the kind of red I want at my table!  A very balanced red which would go well with any meal.


#5
Margalida Llompart Negre 2012
Grapes: Manto Negro
Cabernet
Syrah
Merlot

Macia Batle Margalida Llompart

Comment:
Tawnee: With aromas of bacon, this red wine has 14% alcohol, strong tannins, deep color, and great body. I love that we were able to try almost the whole line of Margalida Llompart wines.

Merie: This is a stellar red, strong and rich, but never heavy. The high alcohol content suggests there were a lot of sugars in the grapes, but no unwanted residual sugars here! It is nicely dry and perfect for hors d’oeuvres or a great meal.


#6
Blanc de Blanc Dolç 2010
Grapes: Prensal Blanc

Macia Batle Dolc

Comment:
Tawnee: A lovely sweet white wine. It would be a lovely drink on a cold winter day, served ever so slightly chilled after a meal. Delicious.

Merie: The last tasting was the Blanc de Blanc Dolç 2010.  This lightly sweet wine is a Prensal Blanc. Interestingly, it doesn’t taste like the aroma. The scent is almost white-raisin sweet, while the flavor is more tropical and fresh.


Note: We were not able to taste the Red Reserva because there were only 10 bottles left in the winery stock. Good wines move fast! It is a Crianza with 2+ years in oak and 2+/- years in bottle. They carefully reserve the best grapes for this signature wine, the same blend of 4 red grapes as in the other reds we tasted.

While pouring the last tasting, Isabel said that at Macia Batle there is innovation and constant growth mixed with a love of the local grapes and a huge respect for wine and art.   That says it all!


Macia Batle Isabel

Thank you Isabel!

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Son Vives Wine Tasting

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Wine Tasted:

◊    2 Whites    ◊

Juxta Mare 2014
Fusio de Blancs 2014

◊   1 Red   ◊

Negre

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Celler Son Vives has the most picturesque tasting area with views of the sea and terraces lined with Malvasia vines. It would be bliss to be able to watch the sun set while sipping on a chilled white. Son Vives makes two native Mallorcan grape mono-varietal wines, their Malvasia dry & sweet, one white blend, and one red blend made from grapes that come from the warmer, dryer center of the island.  Our tasting guide, Mariona, was informative and a pleasure to have helping us. We are thankful that she took the time to have a short visit with us late on a Friday summer evening. Cheers!


#1
Juxta Mare 2014
Grapes: Malvasia 100%

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Comment:
Tawnee: I always love tasting a mono-varietal wine because it helps me to really understand what the flavors of the grape are supposed to be like. This wine has fruitful aromas and is subtly dry with a distinct finish! Yum.

Merie: Lightly dry, with hints of ripe fruit and honey, the bottle sweat invitingly from the perfect chill. This Malvasia grape is the signature variety of Banyalbufar, and the reason for being here. Apparently Son Vives also produces a Juxta Mare Malvasia Dulce, but it was not offered in our tasting.  Juxta Mare means ‘Beside the Sea’ in Mallorcan:  The coastal climate is so important to the grape, and the sea views critical to the way of life!


#2
Fusio de Blancs 2014
Grapes: Malvasía
Chardonnay
Prensal Blanc

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Comment:
Tawnee: This wine has a beautiful color and I like the name. A fusion of whites – with all white grapes! Also, it has been in oak which is not common for white wines. However, not my favorite, but that doesn’t surprise me as I don’t like Chardonnay very much.

Merie: Next Mariona poured the Fusio de Blancs, which we had enjoyed earlier in a local cafe on the main street of Banyalbufar. This delicious wine is made from Malvasia, Chardonnay, and Prensal Blanc grapes, and fermented in oak barrel.  The Chardonnay and Prensal grapes come from the center of the island in Sencelles and Santa Eugenia because they do not grow well in coastal Banyalbufar, and require the hotter, dryer inland plain.


#3
Negre
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Syrah
Manto Negro
son vives negre

Comment:
Tawnee: I love red wine! Their Negre has a good fruitful aroma and a dominant presence in mouth. I enjoyed this wine more knowing that Son Vives is being resourceful and adding a red wine to their wine production by having a plot of land in the center of the island.

Merie:   Last, we tasted their red Negre 12 Meses. It is a Crianza aged one year in oak – hence “12 meses” – and made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Manto Negro grapes.  It is produced entirely in Banyalbufar, but the red grapes are grown in the island’s interior wine country, near Santa Maria.  A perfectly good red, (which normally I prefer), but today the Whites ruled and no coincidence that they contain the rare and wonderful Malvasia grape.


Bodega Son Vives sign

Thank you Mariona!

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