Spanish Wine Tasting with DeVino

Friday March 28, East End Wines – 4pm-8pm Tasting Spanish Wines

Campos de Estrellas Brut Nature / No Dosage – 13.57 – D.O. Penedès. Just 10km from the sea, these 45 hectares have a silicate sandy soil which enhances acidity and has great drainage. In an underground cellar, the second fermentation takes place in the bottle, followed by 15 months ageing on the lees. Finally, the bottles are disgorged to remove the yeasts and the bottled is topped up with the same wine, with no sugar being added. In the Brut Nature, the acidity is more to the fore and the yeastiness from the ageing is more outstanding. This is a new favorite, pure and bright with zero dosage = super dry. Nice purity & focus & malic acid. Pretty, & the price is fair. Clean. Campos de Estrellas is made from the grapes grown on a single estate in the Penedès, close to Barcelona. In the Brut Nature, the acidity is more to the fore and the yeastiness from the aging is more outstanding. “Estrellas” are the stars, the bubbles in a flute of Cava as they rise and explode onto the palate. The aromas are fruity & citric, with complex scents of herbs like laurel leaves & orange peel. On the palate it has a well balanced acidity & a full structure. It finishes very dry.

Campos de Celtas Albariño 2011 – 17.57 – Around three hundred hectares of trellised vines, in the traditional ‘parral’ system. Albariño, the tiny bunches with tiny grapes giving a natural intensity. Campos de Celtas is made from Albariño alone, as the DO regulations dictate. A blend of grapes from slightly different soils gives a wine which has plenty of crisp acidity but also ripe pear and apple flavors. Juicy, clean, fresh lime, zip. Tasty, pretty. Classic. Needed a textbook Albariño – here it is!

Campos de Viento Tempranillo 2011 – 10.57 – D.O. La Mancha. Located in the province of Cuenca, the vineyards to the north of Mota del Cuervo are on rolling land at around 700m above sea level. The soils are deep, permitting a greater penetration of the soils. There are several different plots, altogether about 100 Ha. of vines giving small, concentrated berries. Campos de Viento Tempranillo is a pure expression of the grape variety, achieved by blending wines from different plots. Again! Grippy, coffee, mineral, leather. Lengthy. Blackberry. Juicy acid. A favorite in 2010, now 2011. The name, Campos de Viento, is inspired by the windmills that sit above town of Mota del Cuervo and can be seen for miles around. Old vine, big, ripe. Not jammy, not a boozy monster. The nose is typical of varietal Tempranillo, with a nose of fresh red fruits, like strawberries and subtle hints of fresh herbs. It shows characteristic cherry and leafy flavors, in a rather thick texture with a slightly candied note. Citrusy acidity keeps it fresh. The palate is well-structured with soft tannins & a medium length finish. Campos de Viento (windmill), Tempranillo from Ucles currently.

Viña Ijalba Livor Tempranillo 2011 ● – 12.97 – Line priced with the white – Cherry, juicy, softer, easier Tempranillo. Good to bring back. From the Rioja Alta sub-region of La Rioja. Fresh & tasty juice, clean aromas, with ripe red berry fruit & a bit of fennel frond, creamy. Dry, with round tannins and ripe fruit. (with 10% Mazuelo). This has been a big hit in the shop. We really like the balance at the low $.

Ijalba Rioja Crianza 2008 ● – 15.97 – 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. Aged for 12 months in barrel. Fruity nose with toasty vanilla. Balance of ripe red berry and cassis fruits and oak tannins. Full-bodied with ripe tannins. Designed to love bottle age this wine has a minimum of 18 months before release. Clean. Purity.

Spanish Wine Tasting with Lerin Wines

Spanish TastingFriday March 21 – 4p – 8p –

Urbina Rioja Blanco – Viura – 2011 – 14.57 – The wonderful 2011 Blanco is made from the Viura grape, & fermented & aged in stainless steel. The inviting nose of melon, apple, & pear is irresistible & leads you to a palate which is smooth-textured, flavorful & lively. Marvelous as an aperitif at the start of an evening’s entertaining – the concentrated flavors & zingy acidity will work wonders with a variety of seasonal canapés.

Valleoscuro Rosado 2012 - 10.57 – PRIETO PICUDO: Indigenous grape variety from the Benavente Valleys. It is an easily identifiable grape from its small cone shaped clusters, & deep purple/blue coloring. It produces clean wines with nice red fruit & great freshness. Nose: Clean & strong aromas with predominance of red fruit, such as strawberry, with hints of peach & blue flowers. Mouth: Fresh palate of strawberry with hints of sweet violets. Some hint of carbonic, very characteristic of the variety, & a nicely combined acidity, which leads to a round & harmonic finish.

Grupo Gurpegui Muga Berceo Crianza 200818.97 – Dark in color with a mild nose and some oak. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild fruit, some chocolate, but this wine lives in the medium length finish where the wine displays some firm tannins, some lovely dryness and a bit of acidity. This is a lovely big Tempranillo but softens with food. – The 2008 Vina Berceo Crianza has a rich, dark plum and boysenberry-scented bouquet with touches of spice and clove. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannins. It displays very good balance on the natural, refined, earthy finish, which demonstrates great persistency. This is a lovely Crianza to savor. Drink now-2017. Score – 90. (Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Aug. 2012)

Aecovi Winery Alexandro Sherry PX .375 – 15.97 – The famous Alexandro Pedro Ximenez is a full and vigorous sherry with a very sweet taste. Enjoy the light aroma of raisins and the syrupy flavor of this dark, mahogany colored wine. Jerez de la Frontera. This natural sweet wine is made from sun-ripened Pedro Ximenez grapes aged by oxidation in oak butts through the “criaderas y soleras” system. Dark mahogany color, highly aromatic with notes of raisined and dried date and fig fruit. Sweet and silky on the palate with a balance between sweetness and vinosity. Excellent companion to desserts and blue cheeses (Stilton) – you can also pour it over ice cream.

Loire Valley Wine Class Tuesday 3-16

Loire

Loire Class I – March 18 – 9 people – $35

3 spots left -

http://events.constantcontact.com/calendar/monthview?llr=murfcudab&eso=001j1sTton-xPgaudgPqRXvdQ==

Whites -

Marigny Neuf Ampelidae Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ● V – 14.97

Gueneau, Jerome Sancerre Le Clos Chartier 2012 – 20.57

(Sauvignon Blanc)

Petillant Naturel

Pascal Pibaleau Perlette Pet Nat ● NV – 20.57

(Grolleau)

Reds-

Marigny Neuf Ampelidae Pinot Noir 2011 ● V – 14.97

Pascal Pibaleau Gamay Nature NSA 2012 ● 16.97

Cousin-Leduc Pur Breton 2012 BD ● NSA – 20.97

(Cabernet Franc)

Served with food from Three Little Pigs, and an hour long discussion about the region, the wines, the winemakers, the grapes, the food pairings, the vintages, open question and answer…