Free Spanish Wine tasting with Vintae – Friday June 1, 4pm – 8pm, 1209 Rosewood

Vintae is an innovative, young and dynamic enterprise, which elaborate wine in 6 different Designations of Origin in Spain. The initiative originates in the passion of José Miguel Arambarri Terrero for wine, an entrepreneur from La Rioja who is a connoisseur and lover of the wine world.

SW Guerilla Albarino 2010 – 16.57 – The first Albariño to be made in La Rioja. Balanced, with great fruit. Good acidity and freshness. Lengthy finish. Great for fish (try butterfish!). White fruit of melon & pear, malic green apple, mineral. Apple fruit comes through on the palate & finish. This is interesting because of how wildly different La Rioja is to the region of Albariño’s origin, on the opposite side of Spain, where there is high rainfall, high humidity, moderate temperatures, and limited sunlight. From Vintae. This was our favorite and most needed outing from a series of wines that are “guerilla” because they are grapes grown in areas of Spain that you do not usually find them in – here, an Albarino in Rioja, clear across the country from Galicia, its usual stomping grounds.

Salvaje del Moncayo Garnacha 2010 – 12.57 – Organic vineyard on the slopes of the Moncayo end of the Ebro Valley (Ribera del Queiles, Northern Spain). Juicy, with lots of brambly wild berry fruit with floral notes on the nose, tobacco leaf, pepper & baking spices, ripe, red medium weight mid-palate – clean finish. Subtle mineral finish. Brief oak aging (5 months in French barrels). 55 year old plus “wild” bush vines growing out of slate & pebbles showing very well. Loves barbecued red meats & spicy chorizo. From Vintae. We have this very popular organic wine back in – to the delight of many fans that have been floored by the quality that it exhibits for the price. Very pretty example of the grape that is made possible by the intensity of concentration brought about by the age of the vines.

Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 06 – 15.57 – From the historic village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, flanked by the rivers Ebro and Sierra de Toloño. With a little Garnacha (9%) and Graciano (4%). Mature fruit & a pretty nose, with a bit of leather and tobacco starting to emerge. Soft and elegant on the palate, with complex development of red fruit, licorice, and leather, with the oak in balance with the expressive fruit. Sweet & ripe tannins make for a lengthy finish. Gravity fed winery excavated into the side of the mountain, for great year-round temperature control. Calcareous clay delivers great acidity. Aged more than 3 years in oak & bottle. 13% alcohol. Wants some time to open up – decant early (1-2 hours). From Vintae. A classic example of the balance of Tempranillo and oak in a Crianza aged wine, which by law must see at least 2 years of aging, 6 months of which must be in oak.

Monastir Cluny s X.  06 – 25.57 – Jumping out of the glass with fruit preserves, toasty oak, cigar box, earth. Pencil lead starting to emerge. Lots of dark fruit on the palate, smoky mineral backbone,  with medium acidity. Lengthy finish, lots of pretty robust tannins still. Tempranillo, Cabernet, Merlot. Very elegant blend, really love the red fruit & dark berries. Aged 16 months in new French oak barrels. Expressive, modern, full-bodied wines for this Bodega Monasir project, out of Navarra, Spain. From Vintae. Serious wine utilizing the non-indigenous Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot to provide a modern interpretation of Tempranillo blending, like Sangiovese with the Super Tuscans.