Straight forward tasting notes from this weekend. It rained most of the weekend and sadly on Friday my back went out. So I’ve been lying around having others bring me wine and food, come to think of it maybe my back needs to go out more often! Enjoy the notes,
Till soon, Ryan Opaz
- 2000 Monasterio de Tentudia Vino de la Tierra – Spain, Extremadura (10/30/2005)
Light reddish purple in color. The nose shows wood smoke, minerals, ripe raspberries, some chocolate, cranberry and a earthy mustiness. In the mouth the acid and tannins are of medium weight and don’t interfere much. Sweet raspberry, light earth, minerals, oak, and some light spices all come together on the palate.
The finish lasts for a good 10 to 15 seconds, and overall this wine shows as a pleasant weekend quaffer.
- N.V. Mont Marcal Cava Semi-Seco Reserva – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Cava (10/30/2005)
Lightly golden with yellow hints, and medium to large bubbles. The nose is musty with creamy almond aromas and a strong presence of honey. In the mouth the bubbles are a bit big, though it does have a creamy mouthfeel with only a slight sweetness. Flavors of honeycomb, citrus, and raw nuts are surrounded by a lightly earthy richness. Flavorful and enjoyable cava from a lesser known region.
- 2004 Palacio de Bornos Sauvignon Blanc Rueda – Spain, Castilla y León, Rueda (10/28/2005)
Very clear golden yellow. Nose is incredible with jumping out of the glass with citrus like grass clippings and light green pepper, green pear and some minerality. In the mouth it shows a firm acid that gives way to a crisp yet lingering finish. Wow, fresh cut pineapple, pear, grass clippings, and some white flowers(daisies?)….Really nice and alive with a haunting finish that makes me come back for more, in many ways this reminds me a cross between Californian lushness and New Zealand structure. Keep an eye out for Sauvignon blancs from Rueda, while Verdejo is king and rightly so, the Sauvignon blancs I’ve have really are amazing. This wine is also made in a [late harvest sweet style->http://bodegasdecastilla.com/bornos_osc/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=40]. I’ve had it twice while out eating tapas, and I feel it is even a more natural expression of what this grape can do in these conditions.