Wines from Navarra continue their success in winning awards at one of the most important wine competitions. Navarra took home 18 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 Bronze medals at the Challenge International du Vin which took place in Bordeaux.
About the Competition “Challenge du Vin”:
Each spring, more than 5,000 wines from 37 countries are tasted over two days in Bordeaux – France by some 800 wine professionals and expert wine-loving consumers.
The Challenge International du Vin is the longest running major international wine competition. It is also the largest international wine competition held in France and certified to ISO 9001 (version 2008), a certification which testifies to its established high-quality approach and the application of rigorous technical standards to its organization.
Spicy, fruity Navarra wines warm up chilly spring nights
By Diane Letulle
Spring in the northeast has wavered been warm days and brisk nights, but one of the up sides to the temperature dips is the opportunity to extend the full-bodied red wine drinking season. The wine region of Navarra in northern Spain offers some bold wines that are perfect for roasts and stews to warm us up despite the calendar’s date.
I recently sampled several Navarra red wines that were perfect to ward off the unseasonable chill in the air:
Castillo Monjardin Crianza 2013 Coupage Seleccion – This was a medium body wine – but with lots of character. It had an appealing nose of black and red fruit, with a hint of strawberries, vanilla, and tar. The wine had good acidity and levels of flavor with more strawberries as well as spicy black pepper. Wines of Castillo Monjardin are widely available in the USA.
Inurrieta Puro Vicio 2013 Syrah – On the nose, there was blackberry jam, with a fresh violet note and an earthy minerality, an almost soil-like note. Despite the jamminess of the nose, on the palate, the wine had a tension; there was a drama with three major characters: acidity, tannin, and fruit. It wasn’t plush – it was more angular. Here the fruit had a spiciness with it, black pepper and clover mixed with the blackberries. The finish was long. This is a satisfying wine that would add nicely to a mix of softer wines on a buffet table, or enjoyed with hard cheeses, or with a dinner of roasted pork.