DO Cariñena, located just west of Catalunya in northeastern Spain, is not only one of the largest and oldest regions in Aragon, but also the first to have been demarcated in 1932. And if the name sounds familiar, it should, because it is the namesake of the grape varietal Cariñena, […]
Portugal equals Port wine, right?! This statement is dead on for so many of you, but this wasn’t the case if we go back a few generations. In the 1940s, there were two brands that epitomized Portuguese wine to the global market: Mateus and Lancers. Both wines were presented in […]
I would be hard pressed to find a more agreeable wine producing region than Jumilla. Adventurous, avant garde wines being made with grapes less commonly found in Spain mixed with Spanish grapes such as Monastrell that has been making its comeback for years but that always seems to miss out on the glory. A red, very sweet grape, Monastrell makes deeply colored wines characterized by a high alcoholic content and often a cherry liqueur kind of undertone.
2004 Twisted Oak Tempranillo – USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County (12/13/2006)Gorgeous color on this wine rich and deep burgundy. The nose is dense and layered in the glass w/smoky chocolate, cherry jumping out. With time this opens up to raspberry notes and some toasted oak. I wonder how this […]
1998 J. Miquel Jané Penedès Reserva – Spain, Catalunya, Penedès (11/12/2006)Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo – French and American Oak 12 monthsMaroonish with light bricking at the rim, only medium intense in color. Nose is complex with charcoal, chocolate, dark cherry though not obvious, white pepper and cloves. Minerally overall and […]
2002 Tobia Rioja Alma de Tobia Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (10/14/2006)85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, 5% Grenacha, 14 months new French oak – Deep dark reddish in color. Sour cherry and chocolate nose that shows hints of anise and rich earth aromas. Full in the mouth with a medium […]
2003 Abadia Retuerta Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León Rívola – Spain, Castilla y León, Sardon de Duero, Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León (6/20/2006)60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 months in barrelDark ruby color that has a beautiful consistency reminding me of both a texture and […]
2002 Bodegas Roda Rioja Roda I Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (4/25/2006)Inky purple with thick legs. Clean nose of earth, and minerals with some layered blackfruit. Soft int eh mouth with firm tannins and high acidity. The palate shows, rich raspberry, with minerals, and cinnamon.
2004 Bodegas Roda Rioja Cirsion – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (4/25/2006)Blackish purple in color. The nose has a jammy black raspberry quality with smoke, vanilla, and cherry flavors. Big drying tannins in the mouth that seem to take away from any fruit that is there. Spicey though hollow on the […]
2000 Alta Pavina Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Selecto – Spain, Castilla y León, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León (6/10/2006)Tempranillo/Pinot Noir BlendLight in color, reddish. Nose is pure cherries with minerals though quite restrained. Light and elegant with soft tannins and a medium acidity. […]