It is true to say that Dos Claveles Vino Joven from Bodegas Toro Albala has been on a journey with us.
The first time that we tried it was at the Feria del Vino de Tinaja y la Gastronomía de Montalbán back in March. Read about our day out here.
On returning to visit to Bodegas Toro Albalá, for a third time, a few days later we had the pleasure of trying it again with Valentina Pitton who we met on our 1st visit in May 2016 here.
On this occasion, we were truly honoured and privileged to spend time in the company of Antonio Sánchez Romero, renowned oenologist and proprieter of the bodega, and his friends. They meet daily at at 1pm in the gazebo in the grounds of the bodega to enjoy some fine wine, put the world to rights and even sing a song or too. We would like to thank all of them for the warm hospitality that was extended to us.
Our next encounter of Dos Claveles was at the XXXIV Cata del Vino in Córdoba in April and finally we managed to bring a bottle back home to Scotland to review. So truly a journey and one that we have enjoyed and hope to continue.
A History of Dos Claveles – A Conservation Story
In 1970, Bodegas Toro Albalá started an initiative to recover a species of carnation that was practically extinct, el granaíno “blowout”, and is considered the largest, elegant, reddish and fragrant of all the Dianthus.
Since then the winery has grown thousands of cuttings per year and these are offered free to those who request them.
To ensure sustainability two pots of cuttings are given and this is the origin of the name Dos Claveles (Two Carnations). Today, they are present in most Andalucían patios.
Our Tasting Notes
Made from 100% Pedro Ximénez grapes, this 2016 vintage Vino Joven (young wine) has an ABV of 12%
Nose: Tropical fruits, pineapples and green apple – quite tropical.
Palate: Pineapple and mango – very fresh and slightly frizzante.
A perfect wine for enjoying on a summer’s day in Andalucía or sunny Scotland.