N.V. Alvear Montilla-Moriles Oloroso Asuncion – Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles (6/1/2006)Rich golden color with brown core. Carmely nose with fresh nuts, and pure vanilla bean aromas. Great acidity in this wine with a light sweetness that is balanced well. Sweet roasted nuts with touches of salt and cherry undercurrents give this […]
N.V. Alvear Montilla-Moriles Capataz Fino – Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles (6/1/2006)Almost fully clear and lacking in color. The nose a a delicate peach aroma with restrained mineral notes and a faint nuttiness. Ethereal. Softr and creamy in the mouth with light salt notes, and a medium acidity. The finish and palate […]
N.V. Alvear Montilla-Moriles Amontillado Carlos VII – Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles (6/1/2006)Light gold in color with hints of brown that move throughout. Caramely nose with brown sugar, maple syrup and roasted nut flavors. Salty with a strong acidity and roasted nut flavors. Hazelnuts, coated in honey and roasted with a touch […]
2003 Alvear Pedro Ximénez Montilla-Moriles – Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles (6/1/2006)Light honey color. The nose shows brown sugar, raw oak and candy like nuts. Viscous and thick with a high acidity that balances it nicely. Dry fruits, prunes, raisens, and a bit of oak on the finish.
1998 Alvear Pedro Ximénez Montilla-Moriles Reserva – Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles (6/1/2006)Dark rich brown color. The nose is a bit restrained and needs time to fully open where nuts, wood, and light vanilla aromas make their way to the surface. Very sweet and yet it has an acidity that I rarely […]
Cien Vinos, or in English – 100 Wines, is located in a neighborhood called La Latina in the center of Madrid – an area for which the tapas fiends frequent often. It is a small, cozy, den of gastronomic decadence that’s a bit hard to find if it weren’t for the bronze plaque outside the front door which tips you off that it isn’t someone’s apartment building. As you step inside the double doors, you’re greeted with warm lighting, hundreds of wines and a friendly atmosphere. What particular element that makes this place so inviting is the way they’ve chosen to display the menu and wine list.
N.V. Brianda de Aragón Cava Brut Nature Reserva – Spain, Aragón, Cava (5/20/2006) Pale golden in color, very light. The nose is earthy with a woodiness that could be mistaken for cork, but give way to light wood, yeast and minerals with a touch of citrus. Nice bubble structure though […]
2004 Tilenus Bierzo Enbejecido en Barrica de Roble – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo (5/17/2006) Deep marronish color, very clear. Chocolatey nose with some pepper, clove, cinnamon, and deep red fruits. The nose really is earthy with a loamy feel to it, unwilling to give up it’s information right away. […]
2001 Bodegas Roda Rioja Roda I Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (5/16/2006) Deep rich blood red in color. The nose shows strong anise, deep black cherry notes, raspberries and cinnamon. I want to keep my nose in this glass all night long. A succulent and rich wine that is […]
2001 Traslanzas Cigales – Spain, Castilla y León, Duero Valley, Cigales (5/16/2006) Deep maroon in color with flashes of red at the rim. The nose shows funky earth with cherries, blueberries and mint. Fine firm tannins with a medium acidity. The palate is clean an simple with anise, blue and […]