at East End Wines – Friday May 2 – 4pm – 8pm –
Casa Del Aire Airen 2013 – 10.57 – Light, squeaky clean. Juicy stone fruit. Skin weight. White citrus / floral. Tasty Airen. Fringe Wine – “The nose was moderately aromatic with green apple, pear and lemony citrus fruits. On the palate the wine was on the lighter side of medium with medium acidity. There were flavors of lemon peel and lemons with pear and a bit of green apple.” Recently however, with careful handling and improved vinification, Airen has been used to create simple, refreshing, dry white wines of reasonable quality.
Bohigas Blancs Xarel-lo 2012 – 11.97 – Perfect for those who would like to try an exotic refreshing white wine that has moderate alcohol. This Catalan producer Bohigas has farming roots dating back to 13th century. The methods are organic (not yet certified). This 2012 Bohigas Xarel-lo Blanc de Catalunya (100% Xarel-lo) displays floral and mineral notes, soft acidity with bright peach flavors and an elegant finish. Xarel-lo is one of the three grapes used to produce Cava, it usually adds a smoky minerality to a blend. Pairs well with seafood and lightly spicy dishes. Although best known as a sparkling wine grape, Xarel-lo is also used in dry table wines. These are produced mostly around the town of Alella, just a few miles north-east of Barcelona. These interesting wines are highly regarded for their bracing, lemon-like acidity and stone-fruit flavors. The still wines are very textural, often with slightly vegetal characteristics on the palate.
Valleoscuro Rosado 2012 – 10.57 – PRIETO PICUDO: Indigenous grape variety from the Benavente Valleys. It is an easily identifiable grape from its small cone shaped clusters, & deep purple/blue coloring. It produces clean wines with nice red fruit & great freshness. Nose: Clean & strong aromas with predominance of red fruit, such as strawberry, with hints of peach & blue flowers. Mouth: Fresh palate of strawberry with hints of sweet violets. Some hint of carbonic, very characteristic of the variety, & a nicely combined acidity, which leads to a round & harmonic finish. Prieto Picudo is similar in style to Tempranillo, though a bit fresher and fruiter.
Bodegas Bleda – Divus – Monastrell – Jumilla 2008 – 16.57 – 9 months aging in new French oak barrels, 95%, and 5% Monastrell Merlot. Aromas of ripe black fruit, cinnamon, toffee, toast, chocolate. Velvety. Very long and persistent aftertaste. Very balanced and structured, 14 ° alcohol. Most of the vineyard is planted with Monastrell grapes. Antonio Jose Bleda Jimenez: “Monastrell is most suited for Jumilla’s environment. The grapes require a warm climate to ripen and mature and are able to withstand drought conditions. Its fruity concentration, sugars and high level of tannins give our wines an elegant and characteristic personality”. Mourvèdre wines often have wild game and/or earthy notes to them, with soft red fruit flavors.