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Altos de Losada [guest wine post by Susie]

Posted in pictures, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , on June 20, 2015 by xi'an

[Here is a wine criticism written by Susie Bayarri in 2013 about a 2008 bottle of Altos de Losada, a wine from Leon:]

altosThe cork is fantastic. Very good presentation and labelling of the bottle. The wine  color is like dark cherry, I would almost say of the color of blood. Very bright although unfiltered. The cover is d16efinitely high. The tear is very nice (at least in my glass), slow, wide, through parallel streams… but it does not dye my glass at all.

The bouquet is its best feature… it is simply voluptuous… with ripe plums as well as vanilla, some mineral tone plus a smoky hint. I cannot quite detect which wood is used… I have always loved the bouquet of this wine…

In mouth, it remains a bit closed. Next time, I will make sure I decant it (or I will use that Venturi device) but it is nonetheless excellent… the wine is truly fruity, but complex as well (nothing like grape juice). The tannins are definitely present, but tamed and assimilated (I think they will continue to mellow) and it has just a hint of acidity… Despite its alcohol content, it remains light, neither overly sweet nor heavy. The after-taste offers a pleasant bitterness… It is just delicious, an awesome wine!

Segovia

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , on November 4, 2009 by xi'an

IMG_6385 On the last day of our visit to Madrid, Ana drove us to Segovia to show us this old town north of Madrid and this was a tremendous surprise: not only the Roman aqueduct was quite impressive, having stood centuries while keeping its graceful shape, but the whole historical city was a real pleasure to explore. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage.

IMG_6315The view of the Alcazar from the old Templar chapel in the late afternoon light against a dark stormy sky was unforgettable and so were the various buildings of the city basking in the evening light.

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The  austere Templar roman chapel of La Vera Cruz was built on an unusual dodecagonal shape that corrresponds to the twelve arches in the building. It also has a central two-storied room that served as a pillar for the typical roman ceiling, again with twelve sides, and the whole building reverberates from centuries of worship that reminded me of the original crypt at Mont-Saint-Michel (Notre-Dame-sous-terre) with its primitive preroman structure which is another UNESCO World Heritage.

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The streets were quite busy for a Sunday afternoon, especially on All Saints’ Day. The tallest buildings seemed to house in their towers many crows which were flying and quarrelling around them, akin to their Norman counterparts on my childhood abbey…IMG_6376