Bodegas Aguiuncho Mar de Ons Albarino 2012 – 18.57 – The difference in diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, buffeted by sea breezes slows maturation, maintains acidity and especially increases aromas. The salinity of the water increases the sugars. These vineyards produce excellent quality grapes, rich in tones. The aromas are fruity and floral, fine and distinguished. The nose has good intensity: aromatic herbs such as bay, mint, light notes of aniseed and balsamic vinegar; with apple and citrus fruit notes; a mineral base of slate.
Bodegas Virgen del Aguila Seis Circles Red 2012 – 11.97 to 9.97 – 50% Tempranillo, 40% Grenache, 10% Syrah. harvested from age-old vines in high-altitude vineyards due south of the Pyrenees. 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 2011 – 12.57 – 50 Tempranillo, 50 Merlot. Cariñena, Aragon – Nose shows cherries and other red fruit, smoke, slight herbs and floral, licorice. Smooth on the palate with black pepper, green pepper, red fruit and floral notes. Pepper and red fruit on the finish. Medium acidity. Body and mouthfeel is excellent. Juicy, light, bright, some mineral backbone, cocoa, cherry. Great QPR, had almost disappeared, and 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, and cheeses. A Robert Parker darling as well and still we like it (clocks in right at 14% alcohol).
Bodegas San Dionisio – Convento el Carmen Seleccion Jumilla 2006 – 13.57 – Dark ruby black color. Aromas of dried flowers, marinated tomatoes and cherries with a soft, medium dry sugar level, medium body and a tart blackberry, plum skin, and nut finish. A nice table wine. – From Tastings.com. Prolonged maceration in stainless before aging in European oak. Aromatic, meaty, pretty intense.