Hi all, I am going to take certified exam under Europe chapter next week. As here we will all received the book sales and service for professional to take the course, I wonder if someone has the same reading difficulty as I do, for Rioja wines.
text correction received by email:“ White and rosé Gran Reservas must be matured for four calendar years following the harvest, including a minimum of 12 months in barricas. The barricas are oak and hold 225 litres.”
the Rioja regulation here:
“Gran Reserva Blanco/Rosado: min. 4 years, including at least 6 months in oak (remainder must be in bottle or oak)”
May someone kindly advise it is 6 or 12 months in oak? Thank you very much!
Here is the corrected entry (I did originally post reserva requirements). Sorry - my Spanish is rough.
Vinos blancos y rosados: Envejecimiento en barrica de roble y botella durante un período total de cuarenta y ocho meses, como mínimo, con una duración mínima de envejecimiento en barrica de roble de seis meses.
White and rosé wines: Aging in oak barrels and bottles for a total period of forty-eight months, as a minimum, with a minimum duration of aging in six-month oak casks.
Thank you Greg! Was worrying I get the wrong memory!
I think that is for the Reserva level. For Gran Reserva it says, "Vinos blancos y rosados: Envejecimiento en barrica de roble y botella durante un período total de cuarenta y ocho meses, como mínimo, con una duración mínima de envejecimiento en barrica de roble de seis meses."
However, on the U.S. version of their website, they say, "Gran Reserva wines: Selected wines from exceptional vintages which minimum ageing period is 60 months: at least 2 years in oak casks and 2 years in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 4 years, with at least one year in casks."
So I am still not sure if it is one year or six months in oak.
Sarah Jane Evans MW... chime in?
Use your trusty GuildSomm Compendium App. Screenshot attached.
AND we have this handy illustration (for red wines):
Thanks both! I have read the nice drawing for red, didn’t know that website and app has different content. Exploring the app now.
I probably will ask the master on Monday workshop before exam then, thank you!
The app has the same content that you'll find in our Compendium (here, or under the "Expert" tab above), with a slightly different interface, and the Review section is the same as what's on the site (your scores will be tracked on both platforms). The Wine of the Day, however, is unique to the app!
Very kind and helpful of you Stacy, thank you!
There was a brief period (I believe between February to October of last year) when the Reserva and Gran Reserva for whites and rosés was essentially the same and made for no end of confusion. Some bad info might still be lingering around however, including on Rioja's website. Appears it's been fully rectified with the most recent Pliego de Condiciones.
What hasn't been rectified for whites and rosés is the old joke of what's the difference between Reserva and Gran Reserva? A Gran Reserva is a Reserva you couldn't sell...
That's pretty funny. And, possibly, true in many instances!
So the calendar is the total aging time, right? For instance, Spanish Reserva is not four years but rather three years total with one of those years in oak. Is that correct? This is something that has always confused me.
Did you got the right answer now?