Monday, March 07, 2011

Legado Muñoz - Garnacha (2009)

Legado Muñoz
Vino de Tierra de Castilla - Bodegas Muñoz - Noblejas, Toledo, España (2009)

Smooth and silky. First breath is of sweet hillside jasmine. On the tongue, there is a sharp fruit forward meeting, followed by a mellow velvety violet edge. Lovely.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Señorío de los Llanos - Crianza (2006)

Señorío de los Llanos
Valdepeñas - Crianza
Denomin. de Origen, Bodega los Llanos (2006)

A good basic table wine that did not disapoint. Built on a Tempranillo, it shares its slightly acidic character.

Monasterio de las Viñas - Garnacha, Tempranillo (2009)

Monasterio de las Viñas
Garnacha, Tempranillo
Campo de Cariñena, Aragón, Spain (2009)

Robust, nascent character with slightly higher acidity. This wine has a lovely purple to red colour, reminiscent of a fine velvet. Its bold fruit captured the sentiments of the evening well.

Raimat - Abadia (2006)

Abadia - Crianza
Codorníu Winery, Penedès, Spain (2006)

Loads of blackberry, cherry, and licorice. This wine is simply devine (even better is the 2005 vintage!).

Its medium to full heavy weight paired very nicely with our ragu. This wine has a lovely rich red colour and a smooth finish. It is more concentrated compared to other Riojas I have tasted.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Conde de Caralt - Vendemia Seleccionada (2008)

Conde de Caralt
Vendemia Seleccionada - Tempranillo, Garnacha & Monastrel
Catalunya, Spain (2008)

Nice blend! Lightweight, fruity, and aromatic. Not too acidic after decanting.

Don Simon - Tempranillo (2009?)

Don Simon
Tempranillo (Seleccion)
Tierra de Castilla, Spain (2009?)

Fruity and aromatic, this tempranillo was a nice little wine. Easy, smooth, and tasty.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Solepeñas - Tinto (2009?)

Feliz Solis - Solepeñas
Tinto - Vino de Mesa
Andalucia, Spain (2009?)

A little table wine picked up at the grocery store. I was not expecting mucho, but how I underestimated table wines in gereneral in Spain. Even the inexpensive ones are worth mentioning! This one is a traditionally made table wine and has the typical dark red colour and medium bodies red-fruit. In particular a little grenadine. It went well with fish, cheese, and salad.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Campo Viejo - Tempranillo (2009?)

Campo Viejo
Tempranillo, Rioja (Denominacion de Origen Controlado)
Logrono, Spain (2009?)

Undated bottle of wine I picked up at the grocery store in Jerez de la Frontera. Worth every Euro I spent on it, and more! Rich, ruby red wine with great legs. Dry and fruity it paired very well with a local goat cheese.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Domaine Drouhin - Pinot Noir (2006)

Domaine Drouhin
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA (2006)

Sharp nose after pouring that soon mellowed out into a lovely combination of cherry and sassafras. It continued to be bright, lush, and round, exactly as was anticipated. Very lovely and very easy to love.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Concha y Toro - Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (2005)

Concha y Toro
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Private Reserve
Do. Maule Valley, Chile (2004)

Rich golden colour and very bold sweetness to the nose after pouring. The first sip is like smooth liquid amber, like a succulent, sweet and juicy fruit dipped in honey. It burned the insides of my stomach and my mouth begged for more. Full-bodied, sugary, and complex - good late harvest consequence.