Friday, December 22, 2006

Estella National Competiton

The Second National Organic Wines competition was held in Estella (Navarra) on the 24th November. 24 Cellars presented 64 wines from throughout Spain. The Pinot Noir - Merlot Clàssic 2006 and Xarel·lo Clàssic 2006 were selected for the final receiving a Silver and Bronze medal respectively. These two young wines underline the quality of the 2006 vintage.

The tasting was judged by thirteen well-known tasters from Navarra, Rioja, Aragon and Madrid who chose the medal winners from 27 wines that reached the final.

Evena (The Navarra Viticultute and Oenology Station) analysed the winning wines to ensure they met the required criteria and on 30th November the prizes were awarded at the Casa de Cultura d'Estella.

Both the tasters and Julián Subervola, director of Evena and head of the tasting team, agreed that the quality of this years' wines was very good.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Mundus Vini

Albet i Noya, were awarded a gold medal for Reserva Martí and a silver medal for Núria, at the Mundus Vini International challenge, Germany?s most important wine event.

Reserva Martí is produced from the oldest vineyards that we have at Albet i Noya, a blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. It is aged in casks of new French oak, thereafter held in bottle for two more years.

Núria, is an unheard-of blending in our country, which combines the principal variety Merlot (95 %) with Caladoc (3 %) and Petite Sirah (2 %). It is aged in casks of French Allier oak for 14 months.

By chance these two wines received awards the year before in reverse order, when Núria was awarded the gold medal and Reserva Martí won the silver. This year 4495 wines from 31 countries were presented.

The tasting assessment system used is that of the International Oenologists' Association (UIOE) which has been specifically developed for international tasting.

This competition is one of the leading wine competitions held in the world, together with the Paris, London, Montreal and Brussels events.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Harvest and new web

Coinciding with the start of the Verema (yesterday we picked the first Pinot Noir grapes) today, we are publishing our new website.

Apart from the cosmetic changes, there are also a number of new resources: you can download high resolution images and search our database for reviews of Albet i Noya's wines amongst other things.

We think everything is working perfectly, but if you come across any glitches, please drop our designer a line, and we'll put it right.
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