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Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega

Casta Diva Cosecha Miel 2010

Price: $34.00 (average US retail)
Size: 500ml
Winery: Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega
Vintage Year: 2010
Highest Rating: 92pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: Valencia
Appellation: D.O. Alicante-Marina Alta

TASTING NOTES

One hundred percent Moscatel Romano (Muscat of Alexandria).Fermentation is begun in new oak and gradually arrested while still in the barrel, for bottling in April of the following spring. Elegant, ginger-spiced, honey-rich and tropically intense nectar that ranks among the greatest examples of its genre.

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PRESS

Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2010) - "Deep, bright gold.  A heady, spice-accented bouquet evokes apricot nectar, orange marmalade, melon, white flowers and honey, in addition to an exotic spicy nuance that gains power with air.  Sweet and palate-coating, with intense pit and exotic fruit flavors and suggestions of honeycomb, orange peel and fig.  Clings impressively on the finish, which leaves sappy pit fruit and floral notes behind.  Shows good energy for such a luscious wine; I'd serve this with an assortment of salty cheeses of various ages."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2010) - "A classic sweet white of the Levante, this brings clove honey and citrus together in a texture so creamy that it feels like a custard dessert. Sunny and rich."

90 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2012

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2009) - "A heavier style of Muscat with full, lush peach, apricot and honey aromas. The palate is rich and also fresh, with weighty brown sugar and honeyed flavors. Turns towards butter pecan and toffee on the finish, where acidity pops back up to keep things moving."

90 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2011

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2009) - "The 2009 Casta Diva Cosecha Miel is 100% Moscatel made from semi-raisined grapes. Deep gold in color, it offers up an alluring perfume of honey, orange blossoms, and tropical fruits. Sweet and liqueur-like on the palate, it will pair nicely with fruit desserts."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2008) - "Bright gold. Apricot, peach pit, honey and chamomile on the nose, with a subtle spicy note adding energy. Creamy pit fruit flavors are complicated by notes of toasted nuts, marzipan and brown butter, with good mineral snap on the back. Offers an intriguing blend of sweetness and energy, with excellent finishing thrust and lingering toffee and apricot nectar notes. This decadent but surprisingly lively wine would be superb with blue cheeses, foie gras or a game terrine with nuts."

93 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2008) - "The yellow gold Casta Diva is made of 100% Muscat of Alexandria (Moscatel Romano) and spends 12 months in new French and American oak before bottling. It’s a medium sweet wine with ginger, resin, and spicey peach crumble on the nose and bitter orange marmalade on the palate. Quite delicious, especially with a creamy rich cheese. Neutral grape spirits added during fermentation."

92 Points
Michael Potashnik, International Wine Review, Jun 1, 2011

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2007) - "Vivid gold color. Exotically perfumed nose offers a seductive array of honeyed pit fruits, orange peel, white flowers and baking spices. Lush and creamy on the palate, with deep, sweet apricot, orange and floral honey flavors. Juicy and palate-coating, but there's a lively quality that keeps the luscious fruit in check. Finishes with very good cling and lingering flavors of pit fruit nectar, cinnamon and clove."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 15, 2008

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2007) - "The fortified 2007 Casta Diva Moscatel offers a fragrant bouquet of peach, apricot, and tangerine. Smooth-textured, sweet, and spicy, it will match well with fruit-based desserts. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2009

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2006) - "The 2006 Casta Diva 'Cosecha Miel' Moscatel undergoes barrel-fermentation in new oak which is gradually arrested for bottling in the following spring. The nose offers up floral notes and honey along with peach, apricot, ginger, and marmalade. Medium-sweet, intense, and long, this tasty elixir will pair well with fruit desserts."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2005) - "Selected by individual bunches. The free-run juice goes directly to new French and American oak where, after fermentation begins, it is fortified with neutral spirits. Natural sugar is retained while the alcohol remains under 14%. Orange/gold-colored, it has a splendid nose of tangerine, orange, clove and honey. The wine is viscous and concentrated but without any sense of heaviness. Good acidity holds the wine together through a lengthy, lively finish."

93 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2005) - "Copper-tinged gold. Expansive, intensely perfumed bouquet encompasses ripe apricot, peach, honey, cinnamon and a resinous herb quality. Deeply concentrated and powerful, the ripe orchard fruit flavors taking an exotic turn toward mango and passion fruit, with no loss of energy. Finishes focused and fresh, with building sweetness and emerging spice notes."

93 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2006

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2005) - "Can't eat another thing after the holidays? Me neither, yet I still want a little something sweet at the end of the day. A sweet sip of Casta Diva Cosecha Miel does the trick. This "Honey Harvest" lives up to its name in its golden hue and flavors so sweet they seem to buzz. Made from muscat grown in Alicante on Spain's Costa Blanca, it's packed with exotic, sunny flavors, from almond nougat to tropical fruit with orange blossom scents. The price may seem steep, but a bottle goes a long way."


Tara Q. Thomas, The Denver Post, Jan 2, 2007

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2003) - "Deep orange-gold. Highly perfumed aromas of orange liqueur, botanical herbs, juniper, clove, ginger and licorice. Offers a liqueur-like sweetness without any heaviness. Firm acids give energy to the complex flavors of mandarin orange, peach, apricot and exotic herbs. A dense, structured, fascinating sweet wine with a very long and vibrant finish. An outstanding vintage for this late-harvest muscat of Alexandria"

93 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2006

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Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (2003) - "Great dessert wine (muscaat of alexandria), exuberant with the savor of orange blossoms, elegant , balanced, simply luscious."


Patrick Matthews, Saveur, Jun 1, 2005

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BODEGAS GUTIéRREZ DE LA VEGA WINERY INFO

Overview: Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega and his wife Pilar opted for an early retirement and rustic mountain lifestyle, becoming fanatical for the ancient Moscatel vines, grown on terraces originally designed and planted by the Phoenicians overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Alicante's Marina Alta.

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History: Marina Alta is located on the Cabo de la Nao promontory north of Benidorm, rising from the coastal towns of Jávea and Denia to nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. Southerly Mediterranean breezes leave their humidity on the southfacing slopes of the peninsular ranges, creating an insular, humid microclimate which coaxes a higher level of acidity and flavor from the produce of the region: exquisitely intense oranges and highly aromatic Muscat of Alexandria (here called Moscatel Romano despite the fact that it predates Roman settlement in the area). The Moscatel, grown in Marina Alta's ancient terraces of Greco-Roman origin, mirrors the orange's blossom in its bouquet.

Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega founded his winery in 1987, installing modern winemaking equipment inside a converted mill in the remote mountain village of Parcent. Moscatel is the local specialty.

Among Spain's most distinctive wines is Casta Diva Cosecha Miel ("honey harvest"). Late-harvest Moscatel Romano is picked by individual bunch and delivered in small boxes to the bodega, where the free-run must is sent directly to new French and American oak barricas. After natural fermentation begins, fortification with neutral grape spirit is done gradually, by individual barrel. Natural sugar is retained while the alcohol level remains under 14%. Bottling is in late Spring, resulting in an elegant, ginger-spiced, honey-rich and tropically-intense nectar which ranks among the world's greatest examples of its type.

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