Lomas del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 13.57 – Casablanca, Chile. Sourced from Loma Larga vineyards, Lomas del Valle wines are oak-free, having a generous fruit expression, freshness & great natural acidity; this wines represents the commitment of Loma Larga with its terroir. The interest in wine in the Diaz family goes back to the nineteenth century.
Damana Verdejo 2009 – 13.57 – Peñín Guide 2011 rating – Tasting notes: Color: bright straw. Nose: fresh, fresh fruit, white flowers, expressive, varietal. Palate: flavorful, fruity, good acidity, balanced – Score: 91. Located at Olivares de Duero there are 22Hs. of vineyards with all the natural & technical elements which are necessary to produce modern quality wines trying to find nice expression of the terroir.
Lomas del Valle Pinot Noir 2011 – 13.57 – Dark red wine with a young, modest nose. Medium bodied delicious wine. Carried by its fruit & making quite a big number out of it. Very pleasant. Fresh, juicy cherry, soft spice, impressive balance. This amiable Pinot Noir hails from the seaward slopes of the Casablanca Valley, where the cool climate adds lean length to the ripe grapes. A touch of oak adds some moderate, gingerbread spice, but the fresh, friendly fruit is the main attraction here. A nice value Pinot Noir for lighter fare. Serving Suggestion: Classic hors d’oeuvres: bacon-wrapped scallops, tiny quiche, Caprese crostini, Spanakopita, little risotto cakes.
Damana Tempranillo Crianza 2007 – 19.97 – 96% Tempranillo, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot – D. O. Ribera del Duero – Tempranillo – from estate vines with 15-25 years of age are cold soaked for five days for color then fermented in stainless steel for 14 days. The wine is then split into two lots for malolactic fermentation with half of it put in huge 5,000 liter French oak tuns to complete malolactic with some exposure to oxygen. After ML it is mellowed in a combination of French (90%) & American oak barrels for a year then bottled with no fining & the lightest possible filtering. Damana has a deep cherry red color with violet hints on the rim, intense notes of strawberry & plum but also anise, vanilla & tobacco notes on the nose & a long smooth finish. Grilled meats please!