Category: Avanteselecta

La Mala is one of the best tempranillo´s wines in Spain

La Mala 2011 has been considered one of the 40 best tempranillos in Spain according to the article published in the magazine Decanter by Pedro Ballesteros MW and Sarah Jane Evans. The article reviews the history of the tempranillo grape in Spain and the ease with which this type of grape can be mixed with other varieties, highlighting the most important quality of the tempranillo grape, its ability to transport expressions from the terroir to the wines. In addition, its ability to reach its splendour after many years of ageing, a quality reflected in the 40 best tempranillos in Spain, is also noteworthy.

The article highlights the aromatic character of this wine and its pleasant finish that remains in the mouth for a long time. La Mala is thus once again among the great wines, not only from Ribera del Duero, but, in this case, among the great Spanish wines. Mala represents the maximum expression of minerality in the Atauta Valley. A perfect balance between the delicacy of the tannin comes from the sand and the power given by the 10 cm. of clay before the roots are stuck in the limestone rock. This is the most unique wine from Dominio de Atauta.

 

Quesería 1605 gets one gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the World Cheese Awards 2018

Two of the innovations that Quesería 1605 will launch on the market this month have obtained an important recognition at the 2018 World Cheese Awards that have been held this weekend in Bergen, Norway. The jury composed of 230 experts from 29 countries has awarded a gold medal to La Casa de la Aldaba Lactic Fermentation Traditional Herbs and a silver medal to Haldudo Trufado. On the other hand, the Manchego cheeses from the 1605 Selección collection have been awarded again. Silver medal for 1605 Selection 4 months and a bronze medal for 1605 Selection 7 months.

These awards are especially important because this year the record in the number of participating cheeses has been broken with 3,471 cheeses from 41 countries.

The new cheeses that this month will launch the Quesería 1605 are the result of a desire for innovation and the search for new products endorsed by the quality that characterizes this small dairy located in the town of Herencia (Ciudad Real).

La Casa de La Aldaba Lactic Fermentation Traditional Herbs and Five Spices

La Casa de La Aldaba Lactic Fermentation Traditional herbs is a cheese made from a mixture of herbs called ‘Jarramarra’ that contains garlic, cumin, oregano, pepper and salt. This cheese, which will be marketed in a 250 gram format, will be accompanied by another cheese with the same characteristics, but made with five-spice powder composed of anise, cinnamon, pepper, fennel seeds and cloves. In both cases it is a usual way of production in other countries, but very innovative in Castilla La Mancha.

The other important novelty presented by Quesería 1605, which has also been recognized at the World Cheese Awards 2018, is a cheese made from raw milk from the sheep with which Quesería 1605 usually works, and black truffle from La Alcarria (Castilla La Mancha) that has been incorporated during its production to the cheese. It will be released in the format of 3 kilos, 1.5 kg and in wedges of 250 grs. “With the silver medal obtained at the World Cheese Awards 2018, this cheese comes to the market with an important support and reaffirms the quality that we were sure we had achieved, ” says Fernando Rodríguez Aldudo, Managing Director of Quesería 1605.

The cheeses of Quesería 1605 have been obtaining medals in the different maturations during the last three years.

Selección Especial 1605 obtains the Silver Medal at the 9th edition of GourmetQuesos

Selección Especial 1605, the aged cheese made by Quesería 1605, which is located in the heart of La Mancha, in the town of Herencia, has been recognised as one of the best Spanish cheeses at the 9th edition of GourmetQuesos

 

Selección Especial 1605 obtained a Bronze Medal during the 9th edition of GourmetQuesos Madrid, where over 600 types of cheese from all over Spain participated in 15 different categories.

Selección Especial 1605 is made in Quesería 1605, which is located in the village of Herencia (Ciudad Real), and it is one of the most special and innovative cheeses that is currently being made in Castilla La Mancha.

Made from 100% Manchego raw sheep milk, it is a mature cheese whose ripening is monitored at all times until it cures for one year, obtaining a smooth, buttery cheese with a wide expression. Selección especial is a very risky venture by Quesería 1605, as only a few pieces are chosen by expert maturers to reach a minimum ripening of 10 months and thus be recognised as Selección Especial 1605.

This medal is, yet again, a confirmation of the increasing quality and stability that is almost impossible to reach by a high-end artisanal product. Thanks to the hard work and effort invested by Quesería 1605, this small cheese factory has become a reference in the industry worldwide.

This award is added to the collection of prizes that Quesería 1605 has won both nationally and internationally. The prestigious North American magazine “The New York Magazine” selected Queso Manchego 1605 amongst the 50 best cheeses that can be found in the North American market, also being the only Spanish cheese on the list. In addition, the North American gourmet chain Di Bruno Bros has placed 1605 within what they call Legendary Cheeses, taking it to the same level as the Parmigiano by Giorgio Cravero, Gouda by L´Amuse or Comté by Marcel Petite.

Quesería 1605 is located in the elite of cheese world at the World Cheese Awards 2017

• It is the only dairy that has obtained a gold medal, both in curing and semi-cured, in the category of D. O. Manchego cheeses
• 1605 Semicurado has been proclaimed as the best Manchego sheep cheese in the category of artisan sheep cheeses in which it competed with references from around the world
• The medals obtained by Quesería 1605 position it as one of the international benchmarks in the sector.

Quesería 1605 is consolidated in the elite of cheese world after the two gold and one silver medals obtained at the World Cheese Awards 2017 that have been held this weekend in London. Located in the small town of Herencia (Ciudad Real), it is the only cheese factory that has obtained two gold medals for the two maturations (4 months and 7 months) submitted to competition within the category D. O. Manchego. These awards are joined by the silver medal obtained by 1605 semicurado (4 months) in the category “Small-scale Artisan Sheep Cheese”, where cheeses from all over the world competed, making it the best Manchego sheep cheese in the world. those presented in this category.

The awards, organized by the British company Guide of Fine Food, are the most prestigious internationally in the cheese sector and in this edition the jury, made up of more than 100 experts from around the world, has tasted more than 3,000 references . The contest maintains throughout the process strict rules that guarantee and guarantee the prestige of the contest, so that the tasting of the jury is completely blind, so that at no time the judges can see neither the mark, nor the provenance or the producer of the cheese they are evaluating.

The two gold medals obtained by 1605 Selection 7 months and 1605 Selection 4 months join the Silver medal that already obtained 1605 Special Selection (10 months) last July in the “Guide of Fine Food” contest organized by the same company. These awards place the entire range of cheeses made by Quesería 1605 as the undisputed reference in the cheeses of D. O. Manchego internationally.

For its part, the silver medal, achieved by 1605 Selection 4 months in the category of Sheep Cheese Artisans of small farm, positions Quesería 1605 as one of the best sheep’s artisan cheese factories worldwide, since in this category their cheeses competed with some of the most prestigious winemakers worldwide from Ossau Iraty, to Pecorino or Roquefort.

To Fernando R. Aldudo, General Manager of Quesería 1605 “these medals suppose a recognition to the work of all my team that, day after day, we try to give the best of ourselves, to place our
cheese factory as an indisputable reference in the sector; In addition, serve to thank the confidence of all those who have bet on our cheeses before these awards.

Quesería 1605 is one of the habitual ones in the lists of winners in the cheese tastings inside and outside our borders. Since the appearance in 2015 in the prestigious “New York Magazine” as one of the “50 best cheeses in the world”, he has obtained Gold medals in Gourmetquesos Madrid, or in the Manchego Cheese quality contests.

Quesería 1605 is a small artisan cheese factory that is Avanteselecta’s commitment to enhance and maintain the tradition of Manchego cheese. It is located in the Finca Sierra La Solana, in the heart of La Mancha, where there is a privileged natural landscape with a harsh and extreme climate that favors the growth of a very rustic vegetation that serves as food for its La Mancha sheep.

Gold Medal at the 30th Manchego Cheese Quality Contest

The 58th edition of the National country fair was held just a few days ago. This event was attended by thousands of visitors, and it has become the most popular fair.

Among the multiple activities carried out at the fair, the thirtieth edition of the Manchego cheese quality competition was held, where Quesería 1605 was awarded the Gold Medal for its 1605 Selección cheese in the category of semi-cured artisanal cheese. The number of samples presented by the cheese factories participating in this competition amounted to 49, which considering that the number of cheesemakers within the denomination of origin is not much higher, it was an extensive representation.

This prize is special, as our 1605 Selección cheese is a different kind of cheese to what the general public is used to in terms of a Manchego cheese. It maintains it traditional Manchego essence, but acquires a series of nuances that make it different to those considered a traditional Manchego cheese. This is why a jury composed of very important figures in the industry recognising our Know-How and special cheese within the Denomination of Origin of La Mancha makes us feel extremely proud.

To this award, we have to add the Gold Medal obtained in 2016 for the 1605 Selección cheese with a ripening period of 7 months in the mature artisanal cheese category.

Avanteselecta wines among the best scored in Guía Peñin 2018

 

 

 

 

  • 1730 Amontillado, by Bodegas Álvaro Domecq, is the best-rated wine in the D. O. Jerez with 97 points. The wines made by Viñas del Cenit lead Tierra del Vino de Zamora. Venta la Ossa Tempranillo and TNT obtained the highest rating in PGI Castilla, and Naiades 2014 is the third best-rated Verdejo in the D. O. Rueda.

 

Avanteselecta, a company committed to quality that makes wine in the main Spanish Denominations of Origin, has been endorsed yet one more year by Guía Peñin 2018, whose scores have been made public just recently and will be officially presented on 23 and 24 October at the 17th edition of the Salón de los mejores vinos de España in Madrid (Ifema’s Pavilion 2).

In this edition, Salón Peñin 2018 will present the wines in three different categories: Podium Wines, with ratings between 95 and 100 points; Unique Wines, with 93 or 94 points; and Excellent Wines, between 90 and 92. Avanteselecta has three wines made by Bodegas Álvaro Domecq in the highest category, Podium Wines: 1730 Amontillado (97 points), 1730 Oloroso (96 points) and 1730 Palo Cortado (95 points). The winemaking company has 15 wines in the category of Unique wines, in which it has at least one wine in all the winemaking areas in which it has presence. In the Excellent Wines category, it has a total of 10.

Another important aspect underlined by the Guide is the excellent value for money of Avanteselecta wines, awarding 9 wines the maximum rating in this category. Some of these are also among the best rated, such as 1730 Amontillado by Álvaro Domecq, which in addition to having the best rating in the Denomination of Origin is the only one with 5 stars for value for money. Venta La Ossa Tempranillo is also the best rated in its winemaking region with 93 points and the only wine with this score that has also received 5 stars.

The best-rated Avanteselecta wines have been those made by Álvaro Domecq S. L. in the D. O. Jerez. 1730 Amontillado, with 97 points and five stars for value for money, received the highest score in the Denomination of Origin, consolidating itself among the elite of this winemaking region. In addition, 1730 Oloroso Vors and 1730 Palo Cortado are also among the best wines in the area, with 96 and 95 points, respectively. Fino La Janda’s 93 points also stand out.

Dominio de Atauta, in the D. O. Ribera del Duero, is yet again recognised by the guide with all its wines receiving above 93 points: Parada de Atauta 2014, Dominio de Atauta 2014 and Llanos del Almendro 2012. La Mala 2012 and Valdegatiles 2012 have obtained 94 points.

NAIADES, THE THIRD BEST- RATED VERDEJO IN THE D.O. RUEDA

Bodegas Naia, in D. O. Rueda, has positioned Naiades as the third best-rated Verdejo in the Denomination of Origin with 94 points. Naia has received 91 points and five stars in terms of value for money.

Another of the best-considered bodegas by Guía Peñin 2018 has been Bodegas Mano a Mano, awarding the wines Venta La Ossa Tempranillo 2014 and Venta La Ossa TNT 2014 the best ratings in V.T. Castilla: 93 points. The publication also highlights the excellent value for money of the bodega’s wines by awarding four of the five wines the best rating in this category.

Viñas del Cenit’s wines continue to lead one more year the ratings in Tierra del Vino de Zamora, where the 2012 and 2013 vintages have obtained 93 points in Guía Peñin 2018, the highest score awarded to a wine in this winemaking region. The same note was merited by Vía Cenit 2014 and the special edition of Pago Las Salinas Magnum 2004, presented on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the bodega, which is reached in 2018.

In D.O.C.a. Rioja, Obalo Reserva 2011 merited 93 points, maintaining the score it has obtained in recent years. On the other hand, Obalo Crianza 2014, with 92 points and five stars in terms of value for money, is another of the wines made by Bodegas Obalo highlighted in Guía Peñin 2018, and it continues its upward progression by improving its classification by one point when compared to Guía Peñin 2017.

In Rias Baixas, Nora da Neve 2015, the barrel-fermented Albariño made at Viña Nora, has obtained 93 points, maintaining the score it has obtained in recent years, which Nora has also achieved with its 90 points.

Avanteselecta makes wines in the main Spanish Denominations of Origin and creates projects with a marked personality, very much linked to the area in which they can be found but with a shared philosophy: a line of work that is respectful with each of the local varieties and the search for exceptional terroirs.

Wine Spectator highlights Naia and Obalo Reserva in its Spanish wines selection

The new Wine Spectator’s issue has been recently realeased and it includes a list of recommended wines by Thomas Mathews’. After tasting more than 725 wines he has made a report in which he highlights Obalo Reserva 2010 as Top Wine scored with 93 points  and Naia 2016 as Top Value with a score of 90 points.

“Big and bold, this red shows plum, licorice, tar and coffee flavors. Austere but harmonious, in a savory style, with muscular tannins giving this formidable structure”, says Mathews about Obalo Reserva 2010.

In Naia “toasy and smoky notes frame pear, melon and almond flavors”, describes Mathews.

Pazo de Monterrey 2016, La Celestina 2014 and Venta La Ossa Syrah 2013 have obtained the gold medal at the 2017 Mundus Vini International Awards

Pazo de Monterrey 2016, La Celestina 2014 and Venta La Ossa 2013 have obtained the gold medal at the Mundus Vini International Awards, organised in Germany and whose results have just been made public. These awards are one of the most prestigious internationally, and it is especially relevant in central European countries.

The competition has a jury made up of oenologists, winemakers and wine distributors, sommeliers and expert journalists from around the world that perform a blind tasting of the over 6,000 wines that have been submitted to this edition.

The medals obtained once again endorse the quality of the wines and they add to the different national and international awards recently received.

Pazo de Monterrey Godello 2016, made in Bodega Pazos del Rey, in the D. O. Monterrei, expresses the essence of the Mediterranean and Atlantic characteristics present in the Verín Valley. The 2016 vintage especially emphasises the finesse of the white flower aromas while maintaining the typical freshness of this variety.

La Celestina, a new wine recently launched to the market by Bodega Atalayas de Golbán, is a wine committed to the style of Ribera del Duero wines, and it incorporates the exclusive personality of Soria’s side of the Ribera, from where it originates. Made from vineyards ranging between 60 and 80 years of age near San Esteban de Gormaz, very close to the Atauta Valley, this wine is mature and elegant with a finesse typical of the great Ribera del Duero wines.

On the other hand, Venta La Ossa Syrah, made by Bodegas Mano a Mano, has also been awarded an important prize by the jury. This wine, exclusively made with the Syrah variety, expresses how well the variety has adapted to the soils and conditions present in Castilla La Mancha and shows the innovative vocation of a winery that has committed, since its inception, to the quality of a wine area as extensive as Castilla La Mancha. It is a strong, greedy and mineral wine. Very suggestive.

Robert Parker positions Llanos del Almendro among the five great wines of Ribera del Duero

The magazine Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) has just released the last tasting of Ribera del Duero wines, in which Luis Gutiérrez, in charge of tasting Spanish wines for the American magazine, has positioned Llanos del Almendro 2010 among the 5 great Ribera del Duero wines, with 96 points. This wine is one of the three estate wines made by Bodegas Dominio de Atauta, whose aim is to show the different expressions of the Tinto Fino variety in the Atauta Valley, located in Soria’s side of Ribera del Duero.

Luis Gutiérrez says that it is a “subtle and harmonious wine, perfectly integrated with the wood and with notes of Mediterranean herbs”. He especially highlights that it has “an elegance and freshness that very few wines possess in the region”, and he wraps it up by stating that it is “simply a magnificent wine”.

Among the elite wines of Ribera del Duero are also La Mala 2010 and Valdegatiles 2010, which complete the bodega’s exclusive collection of estate wines. La Mala 2010 has obtained 95 points and Valdegatiles 2010, 94; these scores position both wines in the highest part of the ranking set by the magazine.

About La Mala, Luis Gutiérrez states that the 2010 vintage is “the best one bottled up to that date”, and emphasises the finesse of its tannin and its considerable acidity and great balance. On the other hand, he describes Valdegatiles as “a powerful, mature wine with a great concentration and balance”.

Dominio de Atauta 2013, the wine that perfectly embodies the complexity that the Atauta Valley can offer through a countless variety of soil compositions, orientations and depths, has received 92 points. About this wine, Gutiérrez emphasises its mineral character and significant freshness and integration of the wood.

Regarding Parada de Atauta 2014, which is a wine with a pleasant and intimate character that completes Bodegas Dominio de Atauta’s offer, Luis Gutiérrez highlights that “it is an impressive wine, like all the 2014 vintage wines made by Dominio de Atauta”.

Selección Especial 1605 obtains the Silver Medal at the 8th edition of GourmetQuesos

Selección Especial 1605, the aged cheese made by Quesería 1605, which is located in the heart of La Mancha, in the town of Herencia, has been recognised as one of the best Spanish cheeses at the 8th edition of GourmetQuesos

 

Selección Especial 1605 obtained a Silver Medal during the 9th edition of GourmetQuesos Madrid, where over 600 types of cheese from all over Spain participated in 15 different categories, out of which three from Castilla La Mancha were selected among the best in Spain.

Selección Especial 1605 is made in Quesería 1605, which is located in the village of Herencia (Ciudad Real), and it is one of the most special and innovative cheeses that is currently being made in Castilla La Mancha.

Made from 100% Manchego raw sheep milk, it is a mature cheese whose ripening is monitored at all times until it cures for one year, obtaining a smooth, buttery cheese with a wide expression. Selección especial is a very risky venture by Quesería 1605, as only a few pieces are chosen by expert maturers to reach a minimum ripening of 10 months and thus be recognised as Selección Especial 1605.

This medal is, yet again, a confirmation of the increasing quality and stability that is almost impossible to reach by a high-end artisanal product. Thanks to the hard work and effort invested by Quesería 1605, this small cheese factory has become a reference in the industry worldwide.

This award is added to the collection of prizes that Quesería 1605 has won both nationally and internationally. The prestigious North American magazine “The New York Magazine” selected Queso Manchego 1605 amongst the 50 best cheeses that can be found in the North American market, also being the only Spanish cheese on the list. In addition, the North American gourmet chain Di Bruno Bros has placed 1605 within what they call Legendary Cheeses, taking it to the same level as the Parmigiano by Giorgio Cravero, Gouda by L´Amuse or Comté by Marcel Petite.