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.