Bodegas Ca N’Estella
5th June 2007
Septembers Restaurant, Blackpool

Presented by C&O Wines and Efrem Mallol, owner of Bodegas Ca N’Estella

The estate was established in 1963 and lies around 30km south of Barcelona.  All the wines are made from estate-grown fruit, harvested at night.

NV Cava Brut, Rabetllat I Vidal, Penedes, Bodegas Ca N’Estella
This is a blend of 40% xarel-lo and 60 macabeo.  Fairly clean and round with good fruit.  A bit lacking in character, though.  Good/Very Good.  85/100

2005 Chardonnay Clot dels Oms, Penedes, Bodegas Ca N’Estella
This spends 40 days on its lees.  6000 bottles were produced.  A minerally nose with no obvious oak.  Crisp, very minerally fruit on the palate.  Again it lacks much character and very much feels like a wine made to a recipe.  Interestingly, it doesn’t improve with food, and indeed is better drunk on its own: food seems to bring out a not entirely pleasant acidic streak.  Good.  84/100

2005 Rosado Clot dels Oms, Penedes, Bodegas Ca N’Estella
10-15,000 bottles are produced of this rosé, which is made from free run juice from 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot.  It has a very deep colour.  There’s sweet blackberry and cherry fruit on the nose.  The palate is full, with sweet red fruit.  There’s a touch of coarseness on the palate, but it has decent balance and great length.  Very Good.  87/100

2003 Merlot Clot dels Oms, Penedes, Bodegas Ca N’Estella
5600 bottles are produced of this 100% merlot.  The nose has hot, sweet black fruit with strong vegetal notes.  Rather thin and weedy on the palate.  Lacking fruit and character.  A bit hot, and with poor structure.  OK/Good.  80/100

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Clot dels Oms, Penedes, Bodegas Ca N’Estella
2002 was the second vintage of this wine, of which 5000 bottles were produced.  It has a hot minty nose with some weedy black fruit.  Decent palate, but unexceptional.  Good.  84/100

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