Spanish Wine Tasting: Castillo de Enguerra Reserva 2010 Red Organic (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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I do love my sake and craft beer but I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to taste a good wine!
Moreover, the fact I’m for Bourgogne, France, does not limit  or hamper whatsoever my scope. A good wine is a good wine! Full stop.
And once again I found myself tasting another an unusual nectar in the company of my good friend, Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa in her castle, La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

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Castillo de Enguera 2010 Red made by Bodegas Enguera in Valencia, Spain!

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Bodegas Enguera was funded in 1999 with two fields in the Valencia area covering a total of 160 ha where grapes are organically grown at over 650 meter altitude:
Tembla Nino, 60%
Monastorere, 25%
Syrah, 15%
This particular wine is a blending of the above grapes matured for 12 months in New French casks (60%) and second-year American oak casks (40%).
Alcohol: 14 degrees

SUITABLE FOR VEGANS!

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Clarity: Opaque and dense but very clean.
Color: Very dark red
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Red fruit, cassis, dry prunes, dry figs, spicy herbs.
Taste: Dry and fruity attack.
Complex: black fruit jam, confiture, black pepper.
Gives the impression of eating red grapes.
Complex to the point of insistingly inviting for another and another sip. Will intrigue you with new facets every time.
Stays long enough in palate for true tasting before departing on notes of spicy black pepper and dry coffee beans.

Overall: Eminently enjoyable red wine. Complex, spicy but gentle on the palate for lack of acidity in spite of basic dryness.
A well-balanced red wine very easy to pair with dishes.
Suggested pairings: blueberry sauce venison, Korean BBQ/yakiniku, simmered pork/buta no kakuni, Chinese cuisine.

Retailed at 2,380 yen for takeout.
Sold at 900 yen per glass or 3,880 yen per bottle to be drunk on site.
Very good value!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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