"Full ruby. Heady aromas of red and dark berry preserves, with a smoky overtone and hints of vanilla and candid flowers. Plush and expansive in the mouth, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavours braced by zesty acidity. Finishes smooth and long, with lingering smokiness and very good energy." 90 Points, Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
A native variety of Galicia, home of Albarino, even though this is from Bierzo, North West of Spain right on the ''Camino de Santiago'' the path followed by pilgrims for centuries. This is already one of the new darlings of top restaurants and sommeliers worldwide, a wine that offers outstanding value and versatility. Pale green in colour with a bouquet of lime and pine nuts, on the palate it offers beautiful freshness, minerality, racy acidity with focus and purity. Perfect on its own even better with food, especially shellfish, if you haven't tried it yet, you really should because at the price, this is unequal.
Wildly aromatic with notes of wild red fruits and spice. The Syrah brings some flesh and freshly ground pepper to the mix, whilst the subtle seasoning of Moristel, Garnacha Blanca and Bobal (locally known as Provechon) add gentle notes of lemon thyme and other Mediterranean herbs. A classic field blend from 5 parcels that redefines the concept of Old Vine Garnacha in Aragon.
Made by Noel Robertson M.W. originally from Scotland but based in Spain for over the last 20 odd years. He basically specialises in getting very old vines, low yielding, with spectacular concentration and depth. This is basically what this is, old vine Syrah which is impeccably rich, powerful and concentrated, almost reminiscent of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the 2009 is drinking beautifully now, full bodied, expressive with great power and clarity and even though it is approachable now, it will also cellar for the next 5 years plus.
ES LO QUE HAY – It´s what there is / It is what it is / That´s how it goes. A common Spanish expression but one I like to reserve for the few old high altitude Garnacha vineyards that survive in Aragon . What you taste in the bottle is a true expression of what there is in the vineyard. It´s as simple as that. It has an impenetrable purple colour with a bouquet of pronounced aromas of crushed violets and zarzaparrilla. Intense yet refined with lifted, perfumed fruit and wild mountain herbs. Full bodied, with rounded tannins, crisp acidity and a long mineral finish. High altitude ancient vineyards at 1000 to 1100 metres above sea level with ´pizarra´ slate and quartzite soils. Completely dry grown and unirrigated this is an inhospitable continental climate with extreme changes of temperature were mountain herbs, almonds, cherry trees and Garnacha form a breath-taking patchwork. Low annual rainfall of 200-300mm and the remarkable soils produce fine and elegant Garnacha which is punctuated by intense black fruit flavours with complex mineral, smoke and ‘garrigue’ notes. This is a pure unoaked Garnacha which is fermented in open top fermenters then aged on fine lees for 20 months before release. It is what it is ES LO QUE HAY!
For this one we go north east of Spain to the region of Catalunya, Tarragona to be precise just inland from the Mediterranean sea in Priorat one of the most focused and forward looking areas in the world that have been making full body wine with great intensity and minerality. Made from mainly Garnacha and Caranyena both traditional varieties of Priorat, this offers a full bodied, mineral and concentrated structure with great minerality and freshness. The tannins are substantial but they are ripe and on the whole, the wine offers great balance, profound and very full bodied. This is something that should ideally be drunk at around 15-16 degrees as this helps it to bring out the mineral notes and the freshness. Excellent with game, aged cheeses and generally speaking, robust food. It can also be cellared for a further 7-8 years.
This is made from 45 year old vines in the continental inland climate of Calatayud in north eastern Spain. Completely unoaked with extensive lees aging to give it complexity, aroma and depth. The wine exhibits a mouth filling and caressing structure with beautiful vibrancy yet remaining very clean and accurate, full bodied and expressive yet not sweet or flabby. Ideal with fish, casseroles, white cheeses and definitely white meats such as pork. Drinking very well now.
Made from 100% old vine Granache from very high altitude soils and a mountainous vineyard, tiny yields which makes it extremely concentrated, full bodied and impeccably clean, focused and fresh. Even though it is a very full bodied wine, in some ways in style of a Barolo, it still remains very textural, succulent and perfectly balanced. Starting to drink quite well now but will also cellar for another 8-10 years.
A stunning full bodied, fully matured Spanish red from Campo de Borja which is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Garnacha. This is a very similar wine to the Ermita de San Lorenzo which has been our most successful Spanish wine over the years, however once you try it you will know why! A full bodied wine with classic spicy and leathery flavours from the Grenache coupled with the structure and depth of the Cabernet Sauvignon and at 8 years old is drinking magnificently and at its price, just unbeatable!
A top producer in Rias Baixas in Galicia where the historic Albarino has grown for centuries. This is the old fashioned Albarino, fermented and aged in lees from the varieties of Caino Branco and Loureira which are revived native historic varieties that have been revived over the last 30 years. The result is a full body, concentrated with depth, structure and minerality. Able to age however is beautiful now and perfect with fish, shell fish and white meats as it is consumed in its region.
Escobera is a wild plant that thrives in this dry and arid region hence its perfect conditions to ripen Monastrell and Syrah. This is a stunning 2001, one of the best vintages in Spain ever. Beautifully cellared, this is drinking superbly now, full bodied with soft velvety tannins great structure, complexity and length. You’ll almost be forgiven for thinking that you are drinking an aged Chateauneuf-du-Pape. At its price it is an absolute steal. You’ll need to be quick as there is very little left!
A thoroughly modern and stylish new breed of Monastrell and Syrah. From the region of Jumilla which has been producing outstanding and well priced wines for the last 10 years. Immense colour, ripe and vibrant with a perfume of fleshy fruit and spice, the wine delivers a superb balance of structure, acidity and length. Ideal with BBQ meats, cheeses etc. This is another perfect example of some of the outstanding quality red wines being produced in Spain over the last 10-15 years. Drinking now.
Dark ruby red with an intense and complex nose of spicy wild plums, prunes and roasted peppers. Vibrant and elegant on the palate with good structure, balanced acidity and firm polished tannins. It is full bodied with a lingering, silky finish. Enjoy this wine with hearty dishes for the coming 5-10 years.
Full-bodied red wine with deep colour, aromas of cassis, sweet strawberries and raspberries and sage. Good structure and balanced acidity with firm, polished tannins. Enjoy this juicy red on its own or with roasted or grilled red meat or game bird dishes. Enjoy this award-winning wine simply by itself or accompanied by tapas, red meats served with rich sauces, grilled or barbecued red meats or small game birds and semi and fully matured cheeses.
You would not normally associate Chardonnay with Spain however there are always exceptions to the rule. This is a beautifully balanced, soft, textural with depth and structure Chardonnay that at $14.95 you would not expect to get. Made from 100% organic fruit that the vineyard has used since its inception in 2005 which is the normal format for all their viticulture and wines. Excellent with white meats and fish, and beautifully drinking now however even better in a couple of years.
Made from 25 year old vines in the little commune of Marca with soils composed of granite and chalk. The wine varieties are Rousanne, Marsanne, White Grenache and Pedro Ximénez. On appearance it has a golden, with a tinge of green, colour followed by a bouquet of toasted brioche, fresh citrus and a touch of aged sherry. Highly expressive and aromatic. The palate is elegant, with great acidity and a perfectly balanced with a long and refreshing finish. A gastronomic white wine. Drink now or over the next 4-5 years.
When it comes to old carignan vines, these people know what they are doing. This is a highly concentrated, complex and rich wine that exhibits black fruit, crème de cassis, Asian spice and a touch of pepper. The bouquet is a Garden of Eden, floral with a perfume of pine nuts and wild dark berries that intermingle with almost dusty, mineral elements. Drink now or over the next 10 years.
"Espectacle is a new project jointly owned by Rene and Isabelle Barbier, Fernando and Marta Zamora, and Christopher and Charlotte Cannan. The wine is sourced from a single vineyard of 100+-year-old Grenache vines located at La Figuera on the northern edge of the Montsant D.O. The vineyard is tended by Rene Barbier's Clos Mogador team and vinified in one special 4000-liter oak vat at Celler Laurona. Just over 400 cases are produced annually. The 2004 Espectacle del Montsant is deep crimson-colored with a sensational bouquet of mineral, espresso, lavender, violets, and black cherry. This leads to an opulent, nearly exotic wine with remarkable depth, complexity, and layers of sweet cherry-flavored fruit. It is as pure an expression of Grenache as exists anywhere on the planet and certainly the greatest example of Montsant ever produced." 99/100 Wine Advocate
Pago de Cirsus which is owned by Inaki Nunez has been, at various times, chosen as one of the best 100 wineries in the world by the prestigious magazine Decanter as well as being awarded 31 gold medals at prestigious international wine competitions.This is from Navarra and made from a blend of Tempranillo and Syrah. The Seleccion Familia, or family reserve, is normally aged for 3 years before release almost in the tradition of Rioja Gran Reservas. Powerful, intense and full bodied with great purity and precision, lots of dark berry, black truffle and pepper. Approachable now however this is one for the cellar for the next 5-10 years plus.
If you wanted a superb example of excellent value for money when it comes to bubbles, this is it! This, believe it or not, will give many Champagnes at $60-$70 a run for their money! Made from a blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Chardonnay which are fermented separately before blending, and then bottled and aged on its lees for 2 years which is longer than most Champagnes nowadays. The palate is smooth, silky and beautifully textured, with outstanding depth, power and beautiful refined bubbles. If you are unfamiliar with Cava, we strongly recommend that you try some. You will be impressed!
One of the classical varieties of Rueda that can be aged or consumed relatively young, it exhibits beautiful perfume of flowers, saffron and thyme, crisp and flinty yet very full body, no oak and perfect with fish, shell fish or white meats.
Ribera del Duero is synonymous with one of the greatest regions in the world. Pago de los Capellanes has been producing outstanding quality wines from the normal Crianza to the Gran Riservas. 2014 is a very good vintage which at the moment is displaying very dark colour, full body and great structure, complex and rich and even though a little on the young side, approachable now or will cellar for up to 10 years.
Reserva Especial has no vintage, as it blends harvests, and it represents a very old Spanish custom and brings together the balance of different vintages. The 2009-release is a blend of the 90/94/96 vintages it has a dark cherry tone that is opaque and full of colour. It is elegant on the nose, with notes of pencil shavings, smoke, coconut, cherry liqueur, creme de cassis, spice box, licorice, and caramel. On the palate, there is fabulous concentration, silky texture, and opulent, powerful flavours, and an impressively long finish. Drink 2008-2027.
Very few people can take credit for revolutionising a major wine region. Baron Philippe de Rothschild in Bordeaux, Robert Mondavi in Napa Valley, and now another to add to the list is the young 65 year old Alejandre Fernandez, creator of the world famous 'Pesquera' from Spain's Ribera del Duero area, south-east of the Rioja region.
"This supple red offers an alluring mix of fresh and mature flavors, with notes of black cherry, tobacco, cedar and smoke. Beautifully balanced and elegant, with light, firm tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2018." -- 91 points Wine Spectator
At 13 years old you would think that it is time to drink and even though it is beautiful now, it will keep going for another 10 years. The same blend as the Reserva but aged longer and from the best parcels in the vineyard. Full bodied, almost animal like with lots of herbs, saffron and cured meats. Great length but mostly beautifully balanced with lovely texture. A wine that is magnificent now but will age for 10 years plus. Decanting is advisable.
When it comes to Rioja, there are very few regions in the world that can match the vast variety and style of this region. This is a Gran Reserva 2007 which is starting to drink very well now however like most cases in Rioja, will also cellar for another 7-8 years no problem. Gamey, spicy and leathery on the nose with a deep garnet red colour followed by a full bodied, well balanced and deep red. As mentioned it’s approachable now but don’t be scared to put a case in the cellar as it will only get better for the next 5-6 years plus.
2006 is another wonderful vintage in Rioja that at 14 years of age is still youthful and will keep improving for the next 10 years. Made from a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo with aromas of aged ham, cocoa, roasted nuts and game. Extensive aging in American Oak leads to a very full bodied wine with great intensity and power yet with caressing soft velvety tannins and extremely long finish. Approachable now but will also cellar for a further 10 years.
Bodegas Pintia is owned by Vega Sicilia. Pintia is located further west along the Duero River inside the warmer D.O. of Toro. The estate owns 96 hectares of land. The first vintage released was the 2001. As for the 2007 Pintia, it is 100% Tinta de Toro aged for one year in new French and American oak. Opaque purple-coloured, it offers a complex perfume of grilled meats, pencil lead, spice box and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied, ripe, layered wine with intense flavours serious complexity and phenomenal length, will cellar well for 10-15 years plus.
Yet again we find that Spain is delivering unmatched value for money wines, their different regions are like a boiler room of ideas, innovation and creativity. In the last few years this particular Bodegas has been creating wines that are rated internationally alongside and higher than the very top Bordeaux and Burgundy yet at a fraction of the price. Made from 100 year old ungrafted vines planted at high altitude and yielding less than 1.5 tonne of fruit per acre. The wine was aged in new French oak for 18 months and bottled without fining or filtration. This comes from the area of Toro which is one of the upcoming areas in Spain. It is without doubt a revelation when it comes to the production of modern Spanish wine. The wine is concentrated, lean and focused with impeccable pedigree and definition. The quality ratio of this wine is unsurpassed, easily on par with any second growth from Bordeaux at roughly half of the price. The reviews speak for themselves. Will cellar for 10 years plus.
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