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Dinner with Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos shares the bodega with Fabio Bartolomei in El Tiemblo, Ávila province. After the lunch that I told about in another post Daniel and I decided to meet, since my hotel was in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, where he lives.

Daniel puts a lot of effort into making wines that reflect the personality of the soils, varieties and terroirs in the Cebreros region. Garnacha and albillo real are the most important grape varieties. The wines are all made in a natural way, with a low sulfur content and without clarification or filtering.

We tasted five wines in different styles, all of which performed well. El Berrakin can be considered an introduction to the Gredos area, a bright and luscious garnacha (7% cariñena) with red fruits, herbs, pepper nose. Perhaps dangerously drinkable at 14,5 alcohol. Κπ Amphorae is very different. It’s fermented and matured with skins for 11 months in clay tinajas, resulting in a complex, layered and chewy wine with ripe red fruit, herbs and a flowery component. Clos Pepi was a quite warm red from a vineyard that his wife Pepi contributed to acquire. And yes, I loved the white Κπ Real, rich and powerful, but also fresh, and with a tropical component. Κπ is by the way pronounced ‘Ka Pi’. I have read somewhere that it is short for Capitán and a nickname for Daniel himself. I have to ask him about this.

The dinner and tasting was held in my hotel Hacienda la Coracera, which was excellent and inexpensive, and hereby recommended.

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