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 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)
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.