Bodega Coviñas Enterizo Cava Brut – 10.57 – Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada. Cataluña, Spain. Straw yellow with greenish hues and lively, small bead bubbles with slow release, persistent. Exotic notes on the nose with hints of tropical fruit white, floral background with pastry, clean and good intensity. Fresh and fruity on the palate, mild and fresh, balanced acidity, fully integrated bubble, touches of pear and apple.
Vina Almirante Pionero Maccerato Albarino 2012 – 18.97 – Rias Baixas, Galicia – New vintage of an old favorite for us. Soft white floral scents like jasmine and honeysuckle, bolstered by notes of herbs, grapefruit and lime zest. Pretty softened palate driven by green tree fruit, with touches of softer citrus – like lemon curd; lengthy, with with an herbal / grassy lift at the finish. Always complex and showing ample structure. Some apple and more tropical, almost pineapple fruit round it out.
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. Prieto Picudo is similar in style to Tempranillo, though a bit fresher and fruiter.
Grupo Gurpegui Muga Berceo Crianza 2008 – 18.97 – 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)