Francesc Ricart Cava Brut NV – 14.57 – Respects the essence of a traditional brut as it is aged in the bottle for 14 months, but is still maintains its freshness making it an easy-drinking & enjoyable wine. Xarel-lo, Macabeo & Perellada. Nice package. Floral, citrusy (tangerine), clean & pretty. Fresh, softer acid. Like it. Friendly. From Almansa, Spain. Light color, floral nose, great balance.
2012 La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo Ribera del Quelies ●– 11.97 – Organic vineyard on the slopes of the Moncayo end of the Ebro Valley (Ribera del Queiles, Northern Spain). From over 55 year-old vines. Slatey soils rich in pebbles & very low temperatures in winter. A fruity & fresh wine that has sweet tannins. Now is exactly the right time for these Garnachas to start delivering their best. Aged for 5 months in new French oak barrels.
2013 Matsu El Picaro ● BD – 14.57 – Picaro means ‘rogue’ or ‘rascal’. Tinto de Toro (Tempranillo). The grapes come from mature vines 80 to 100 years old, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile. Aromas of ripe blackberries & raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins & a mineral grip. Intense aroma with black fruits prevailing over red fruits. Mineral notes are also noticed, thus creating a fresh but complex wine. This wine is full-bodied yet leaves, at the same time, sweet & pleasant sensations provided by the ripe grapes.
Castillo de Maetierra Libalis Melante 2008 – 500 ml – 15.97 – “It is a velvety, silky, thick wine, but fresh at the same time. It is a wine born from the best grapes in Maetierra, the most mature grapes, those that remain the longest period on the vines, are bronzed, healthier & sweeter. It is our sweet wine, our dessert wine. It is the wine that best expresses the potential of the Muscat à Petits Grains variety. Tropical fruit. Muscat à Petits Grains is considered the most aromatic variety in the world, & it is also a variety from la Rioja. Cultivation had been abandoned in the early 19th century with the arrival of the phylloxera disease. Intense aromas of ripe fruit, honey & orange peel on the nose. In the mouth it is full-flavored & dense, with hints of nuts & a perfect balance between sweetness & acidity.”