Bodegas Fontana, owned by the Cantarero Morales family for more than 30 years, has been a leading pioneer in making Uclés a new winemaking zone with a protected appellation status’. Jesús Cantarero, brought together a multi star team of wine professionals to produce terroir-driven, single-vineyard wines of great complexity.
The Fontana estates are located in Uclés, in the northern part of Castile region, an area famous for both its fresh, aromatic whites as well as outstanding reds from the Tempranillo grape. At a high altitude, the wines of Uclés display the fruitiness of the northern mountains with the intensity and ripe, velvety tannins of the Mediterranean. Fontana manages its estates sustainably and as integrated ecosystems, taking advantage of the low levels of disease in this dry, continental climate. No pesticides are used, organic manure is the only fertilizer applied and weed control is done by light, superficial tilling.
Tempranillo is the main protagonist of the wines produced with International varieties taking a second role ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah). The blend varies vintage to vintage.
Aging time as well is determined by the quality of each vintage. In general, Fontana makes rich and modern wines with lots of depth of flavour. The bodega works really well with new wood aging.
I had a chance to taste some of their wines in the heaven and earth wine salon from the group Charton Hobbs in Montreal, Canada. They are the importers in Quebec, Canada.
Dominio de Fontana. Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
( 70% Tempranillo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in a mix of american and french wood for 12 months)
Intense aromas of blackberries with vanilla bean and smoked spices such as paprika. On the mouth, round, ample and very long with a very persistent finale. Pair it with smoked meat sandwich.
Dominio de Fontana. Vendimia Seleccionada 2013. Tempranillo/ Graciano
( 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano. Aged in american oak for 18 months)
On the nose, aromas of ripe fieldberries, wild herbs such as tarragon and thyme, earth and spices. On the mouth, round and quite spicy. Ripe tannins with a delicious balsamic aftertaste. This wine would be amazing with charcoal grilled lamb chops.
Quinta de Quercus 2013 Single Vineyard
( 100% Old Vines Tempranillo. 30 years+, 12 months aging in American and French oak)
Quercus comes from an estate in central Castilla with that is surrounded with 300 oak trees (hence the name Quinta de Quercus) this is a collaboration between the local winemaking staff and New Zealand M.W. Sam Harrop.
On the nose, lush ripe red and black herbs. Roasted herbs and toasted spices such as black cumin, sumac and cloves. Full bodied, juicy acidity, muscular tannins and a great length. Great wine with a tira de asado a la parrilla.