Arindo Old Vine Verdejo 2012 – 10.57 – 90 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2013 – (20% of this wine was aged for four months in large French oak casks): Green-tinged straw. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, with complicating notes of anise and chalky minerals. Dense and powerful but light on its feet, offering vibrant lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. Closes with a subtle smoky quality and superb persistence, leaving tangy citrus zest notes behind.
Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell 2013 – 7.57 – “Monastrell from organic vineyards. This wine was produced under organic regulations established in the European Union as well as in the U.S. NOP certification. The vines are planted on chalky soils without irrigation and very low yields, with an annual rainfall below 12 inches. There is no room for chemical products or synthetic pesticides in our daily work. Honoro Vera exhibits great aromatic complexity, richness, and length, over-delivering in a big way. Drink over the next 4 years.” —winemaker
Cellars Can Blau – “Blau” 2012 – 13.57 – Brilliant ruby. Lively red berry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of mocha and licorice. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering fresh raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Shows very good energy and focus, finishing with lingering spiciness and a note of tangy berry skin. Blend: 50% Cariñena, 25% Syrah, 25% Garnacha. “Brilliant ruby. Lively red berry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of mocha and licorice. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering fresh raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Shows very good energy and focus, finishing with lingering spiciness and a note of tangy berry skin.” – 90 Points International Wine Cellar
Atteca Garnacha 2012 – 15.57 – 100% garnacha, aged for ten months in French oak; 15% alcohol): Glass-staining purple. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, licorice and cola. Juicy, minerally and sweet, with very good depth of flavor and slow-building smokiness. Finishes quite long, with fine-grained tannins and lingering spiciness. This wine is deep and rich. Red fruited with morello cherry and red plum, but balanced with mint, orange peel, and sassafras. The tannins are soft, the acid juice, and the finish is long and smoky.
Friday Night Tasting Lineup
- Cava – Brut Nature / No Dosage Campos de Estrellas D.O. Penedès. Nice purity & focus & malic acid. Pretty, & the price is fair. Clean. Campos de Estrellas is made from the grapes grown on a single estate in the Penedès, close to Barcelona. In the Brut Nature, the acidity is more to the fore and the yeastiness from the aging is more outstanding. “Estrellas” are the stars, the bubbles in a flute of Cava as they rise and explode onto the palate. The aromas are fruity & citric, with complex scents of herbs like laurel leaves & orange peel. On the palate it has a well balanced acidity & a full structure. It finishes very dry. - Our Price: 13.97
- 2011 Campos de Sueños Verdejo D.O. Rueda. 84 grape growers own a total of around 400 hectares in this ‘golden triangle’ of perfect soils. Tasty, like it – So good we brought it in even though we have quite a bit of Verdejo representation at the moment. W.E. “Oily & pinched on the nose, with cactus & nettle aromas. This feels like a cool stream on the palate, with green-fruit flavors including lime, kiwi & apple. A note of pithy grapefruit controls the finish.” Lively apple notes on the nose are balanced on the palate by zesty citrus & a firm minerality. Campos de Suenos (songbirds). - Our Price: 13.57
- 2010 Campos de Risca Monastrell / Syrah Organic D.O. Jumilla. Although most vineyards are not registered, viticulture in the region is practically organic by default. Nice & concentrated. Berry fruit. A favorite. Monastrell, resistant to drought, with straggly bunches of small berries. The berries themselves have thick skins & high acidity, so they need all of that sun to ripen properly. In recent times, small amounts of Syrah have been planted too. Risca being the limestone rock which is prevalent in the region. - Our Price: 13.57
- 2012 Campos de Viento Tempranillo D.O. La Mancha. The name, Campos de Viento, is inspired by the windmills that sit above town of Mota del Cuervo and can be seen for miles around. Old vine, big, ripe. Not jammy, not a boozy monster. The nose is typical of varietal Tempranillo, with a nose of fresh red fruits, like strawberries and subtle hints of fresh herbs. It shows characteristic cherry and leafy flavors, in a rather thick texture with a slightly candied note. Citrusy acidity keeps it fresh. The palate is well-structured with soft tannins & a medium length finish. Campos de Viento (windmill), Tempranillo from Ucles currently. - Our Price: 10.57