What We're Drinking: Simon & Finca Constancia 'Parcela 23'





“Retail is detail” is a favourite quote of Christopher’s here in the office and as Operations Manager I can only agree! It was with this mind-set that the label of Finca Constancia Parcela 23 caught my eye.

It displays the exact longitude and latitude of the vineyard plot that all the grapes for this wine come from. The precise nature of the vine’s geography is important as it is not a plot chosen at random. The producer, Gonzalez Byass (IWSC Spanish Producer of the year 2010) ran three in-depth studies of the Finca Constancia vineyards to find the plot with the finest Tempranillo, hence the “Parcela 23”.

As I cracked it open, I have to admit I did wonder whether or not is was just another marketing gimmick.

You can probably guess that that was certainly not the case given I have selected it as it my wine of the moment. It’s cracking. Made from 100% Tempranillo, I thought it might be a Rioja clone but this was very much a different style. In Rioja, oak ageing plays a major part, and although this has had some oak treatment it is fairly minimal and this allows the purity of the Tempranillo, grown on this single high quality plot, to shine through.

I always try not to get too ‘wine trade’ when it comes to a tasting note (no “notes of eastern Madagascan Tonka bean” I promise) but just imagine loads of pure black cherries with some savoury herbs thrown over the top. Once you’ve tried it why not add your own tasting note.
 
To see what the other members of CellarVie Wines chose for the ‘What we’re drinking’ section and why, click on the links below.
 
Jon & Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault 
 
Eliott - Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes 
 
Christopher - Chateau de Rully 1er Cru, Clos la Bressande 2007 
 
Sophie - Gewürztraminer Alsace 2009, Martin Zahn 

Charlotte - Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 

Ben - Flagstone Longitude 

Simon - Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 

Eliott - Veramonte Pinot Noir 

Jon - ‘Piluna’ Primitivo 

Sophie - Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos de Loyse' 2009 

Eliott - Touraine Sauvignon Domaine Trotignon  

Charlotte - 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry 

Simon - Errázuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009 

Jon - Chardonnay Grand Cru 2008, Tenuta Rapitalà 

Christopher - Brookfield Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier 2009
 
Why not let us know what you are drinking but posting your comments in the section below...   

Written by: Simon Robins

Simon Robins is somewhat of a wine expert, not just in the liquid, but planning and analysis, logistics and operations management - having spent eight years working for the UK's largest wine mail order company. 

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