Bodegas del Aguila Seis Circles White – 2012 – 11.97 – 90% Viura / 10% Chardonnay – Tangy, with melon and apple. High altitude vineyards due south of the Pyrenenees. D.O. Cariñena (Northern Spain). Low (11.5) alcohol, juicy acid. Dry & sunny days, cool evenings, slate soils. Citrus, pineapple, Viura floral notes. Great aperitif and pair with lighter preparations of white meats, fishes, and Asian goodies.
Bodegas del Aguila Seis Circles Tinto Red – 2010 – Down from 13.97 to 11.97 as we wind down the vintage… Tasty & good. Clean, brambly. Sweet cherry, plum fruit. This delightful Spanish red offers spice & pepper notes on the nose, along with aromas of ripe berry, black cherry & currant, blueberries, all of which is reprised on the smooth, fruity palate, which is soft, generous and lightly spicy. The supple texture, ripe fruit & hints of pepper make this a great all-purpose red that will match a wide variety of menu items, though it is soft enough to be enjoyed by itself.
Bodegas Solar de Urbezo ‘Dance del Mar’ – Cariñena – 2011 – 15.57 – Tempranillo – Merlot – Juicy, light, bright, some mineral backbone, cocoa, cherry. Great QPR, had almost disappeared, then got a WS 90 in 2005, bounced back. Very fruity, with berries & dark cherries, soft & elegant tannins. Clean finish. Great with charcuterie like smoked terrines, game, red meats, roasts, cheeses. A Robert Parker darling as well, and still we like it (clocks in right at 14% alcohol).
Resalte – Balsion Roble – Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero – 2009 – 20.57 – 3 months in French and American oak. Sweet & juicy fruit, then scrubby tannins and mineral. Good pricing for Ribera del Duero. Younger vines (around 10 years old). Going for fresh fruit – gravity flow, controlled temperature fermentation, 20 day maceration. Softness and some length added by a brief stay in barrel. Tempranillo shines through with vibrancy – I like it. Markedly fruity, easy drinking, fresh.