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Bodega Coca i Fitó, located in the town of El Masroig (Tarragona) is a venture which, despite its youth, has managed to release a range of wines on the market which makes the most of the wealth and tradition of the wine regions of Montsant and Terra Alta, their unique climates and the composition of their soils. With a work philosophy targeted at expressing the terroir, Coca i Fitó wines enjoy recognition from prestigious international publications such as US magazines The Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast and have been highlighted for their diversity, and ability to combine complexity and terroir with easy-to-understand and affordable wines. The driving force behind the venture are brothers, Toni and Miquel Coca, who, in 2006 after a long career in the wine industry, decided to launch this adventure with the aim of increasing awareness about the quality of the region’s vineyards. Toni Coca, the bodega’s technical director carried out his studies at the ‘Jaime Ciurana’ School of Oenology in Falset and at the University of Tarragona. Since 1986 he has worked as technical advisor to various bodegas under DOs Penedès, Montsant and Priorat, among others. In contrast, Miquel Coca trained in the gastronomy and hospitality sectors, before dedicating himself to the world of wine via top-of-the-range wine sales on international markets. Bodega Coca i Fitó’s recently inaugurated facilities are located in the town of El Masroig, in the province of Tarragona (Catalonia) under DO Montsant. Although the bodega boasts eight hectares of its own vineyards, ranging in age from 15 to 80 years, spread around the municipalities of the Falstet Valley: Marça, Capçanes, Guiamets, Pradell de la Teixeta, and La Serra d´Almos, the bodega’s commitment to expressing the region’s terroir obliges it to carry out a constant search and selection of the best vineyards in the area, and has even led it to make a white wine under DO Terra Alta. The region’s climate, with its scarce rainfall and extreme temperature differences between summer and winter, together with the predominantly granite and chalk soils, which are generally poor in organic material, give the region’s wines a characteristic minerality and concentration. In addition, Coca i Fitó carries out an exhaustive and independent selection and handling process at every wine estate in order to preserve the unique properties offered by the individual terroirs to the full. This special handling is also employed in the winemaking process, where the bodega is at pains to avoid altering the raw material as much as possible, so that the resulting wine is capable of expressing every single nuance of its origins.

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Critically acclaimed winery Bodega Numanthia, the emerging leader of Spanish iconic wines, is proud to announce that influential Spanish wine magazine Sobremesa named Bodega Numanthia’s 2008 Termanthia Tinta de Toro as top wine in their special anniversary edition celebrating the magazine’s 300th issue.

Established in 1984 by Spain’s most prestigious wine journalists, sommeliers and oenologists, Sobremesa which means ‘dessert’ in Spanish is one of Spain’s most important wine and gastronomy publications alongside Guia Penin.

For the special 300th edition, the editors of Sobremesa organized a blind tasting of Spain’s top wines, sherries and cavas for a panel of thirty-five judges — the majority being winemakers, to evaluate their wines against each other.  Wines in the tasting represented the most renowned wines of Spain such as Aro, Aurus, Cirsion, Clos Mogador, Dalmau, Pesquera Janus, Pesus, Pingus, Unico Vega Sicilia and Valduero.

Once the scores were tabulated, Bodega Numanthia 2008 Termanthia was unanimously recognized as the top red wine of the tasting, surpassing Unico Vega Sicilia and Pingus.

“A red wine which belongs with the best. It encapsulates great structure with an elegant complexity. The combination of fruit aromas (black fruits & ripe red fruits), menthol scents and a delicate hint of wood delivers a very seductive wine. In the mouth, it is intense with firm & silky tannins. It achieves the perfect balance, revealing final notes of balsamic & toasty aromas.”- Sobremesa, issue 300, 2011

Numanthia Termanthia 2008
Suggested Retail Price:  $200.00
Release Date: May 2011
Importer:  Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines
Website: “www.numanthia.com
About Bodega Numanthia

Founded in 1998, the Numanthia estate lies near the small village of Valdefinjas, in the province of Zamora. The name ‘Numanthia’ associates the towns of Numancia and Tiermes, known in ancient times for their resistance to Roman invaders. When attacked by the legions of Scipio in 134 BC, their inhabitants resisted heroically, preferring death to surrender. Numancia thus came to symbolize tenacity and resistance, which is also a feature of the Toro vineyards that survive the extreme local climatic conditions, not to mention Phylloxera attacks.

NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire

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A brief introduction to ecological wines needs a mention to Pares Balta (Penedes DO). They currenly own five states all of them cultivated in an ecological way. The states have a great variety of microclimates and suitable for different grape varieties.

They offer guided visits where you well enjoy a charming wine tasting.

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Jordi VidalVinos  novedosos de gama alta con cierto  “caché”

La Conreria d’Scala Dei,

IUGITER SELECCIÓ 2004  ( D.O. Priorat ) Priorat de gamma alta, destaca per la elegància  además de la contundencia esperada en todos lso vinos del Priorat, también pro manterner la crinza en botella durnate tres años en la propia bodega.

Bodegas Benjamín Romeo.

PREDICADOR 2006 (D.O. Rioja)  2º marca del Contador, excepcional por calidad y precio, dentro de la nueva tendencia de vinos de estilo moderno de la Rioja

Bodega El Nido

EL NIDO 2005 ( D.O. Jumilla) Exponente de las neuvas elaboraciones  de  Jumilla, un vino contundente de Monastrell

Bodegas Escoda Sanahuja

LA LLOPETERA 2005 ( Conca Barberà) Pinot Noir complicado de elaborar en nuestras zonas, un gran vino pro descubrir. Agricultura biodinàmica

Altavins Viticultors

DOMUS PENSI 2004 D.O. Terra Alta) Excelente vino  de coupage  y de estricta y amplia selección en viña. Multivarietal  esplendido, gran  trabajo de conjunción.

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