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 […]
2002 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial – Spain, Castilla y León (5/16/2006) Deep inky purple in color. The nose shows anise, minty chocolate, and a rich deep raspberry character. Light funky earth and pencil lead round out this wine. Rich in the mouth with high acidity and firm fine tannins. The […]
2002 Bodega dos Victorias Toro Elías Mora Crianza – Spain, Castilla y León, Toro (5/16/2006) Deep marronish red in color. The nose is blackcherry with funky vanilla-chocolate, and rich dark fruits that seem hidden behind it all. In teh mouth the vanilla and chocolate come forward with a high acidity […]
2002 Bodegas Fontana La Mancha Fontal Crianza – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha (5/16/2006) 85% tempranillo 15% cabernet sauvignon 12 months US oak Deep maroonish in color. the nose shows a rich raspberry, with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and minty chocolate. Medium tannins and a soft mid weight acidity help […]