April 2017 - Wine of the Month
The letters ‘gfe’ stand for ‘Gil Family Estates’ (Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares). They name a group of relatively small wineries scattered throughout the Spanish geography that have joined the Gil family group since 2002. This way they can offer a wide portfolio of Spanish wines from different backgrounds and with different characteristics, but all of them with a common denominator: all the wines are produced with native grape varieties from each region, they have a refined image and are good value for money, attributes that we as customers actually appreciate.
Bodegas Tridente are placed in Villanueva de Campeán (province of Zamora), in the center of the so-called “Tierra del Vino” (literally, Land of Wine). The small sized winery was particularly designed to produce red wines exclusively, especially those made with Tinta de Toro grapes (also known as tempranillo in other regions), which have traditionally been cultivated in the region. Tempranillo vineyards are mainly planted on a top layer of gravel over very sandy soils.
The fermentation of Tridente tempranillo is carried out in stainless steel tanks. When malolactic fermentation is also achieved (malolactic fermentation tends to create a rounder, fuller mouthfeel), the wine is moved to French oak barrels for a period of 15 months.
The result is an intense full-bodied flavourful wine, with predominant toasty and cocoa notes.
Sight: deep purple colour with garnet reflections.
Nose: fine and complex, with a medium-high intensity. Ripe black fruits and cocoa with toasted and spicy notes, along with a balsamic and mineral background (graphite).
Taste: smooth, fruity and pleasant. Tasty, with a presence of ripe black fruits (creme de cassis). The tannins are round and the taste is balanced. Lingering finish.
It pairs with rice, pasta, vegetables, mushrooms, stewed meat, sausages, roast meat, red and white meat with sauces, and short or medium matured cheese.
Those of you who usually read my wine articles have probably noticed that I am a Juan Gil wines enthusiast, and now that there is a wider range of available superb wines, produced by the Gil Family Estates group, I would like to share with you the joy of discovering them.
Alcohol content: 15.5 Serve at 16 ºC.
Average prince: 11.60 €
You can find it in any specialised wine shop and also on the Internet (http://www.bodeboca.com, www.vinosparaserfeliz.com, www.decantalo.com, ...).