07 Mar Best of Spain Tasting!
Saturday, March 9
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We’re sampling all through Spain with two tables of amazing wines! Meet Inma Rodriguez from one of Ribera del Duero’s best vineyards, Balbas! We’ll also have a BONUS table with bubbles from Cava, Priorat reds, and more! Spain has more vines in the ground than anywhere else on Earth, and we’re showcasing some of the country’s best!
Table #1 with Inma Rodriguez of Bodegas Balbas
2017 Bodegas Balbas Rosato, Ribera del Duero DO
On Sale $14.99
This rosé is light orange-pink with a nose full of red berries, tangerines, and red flowers. It’s dry and mineral-y in the mouth, but shows great ripeness, with loads of fresh red fruits and honeysuckle and even a touch of blood orange. The finish is bone dry, silky, and long. It’s extremely easy to drink, with everything needed to handle rich foods while still delivering straightforward drinking pleasure.
2016 Balbas “Barrica,” Ribera del Duero DO
On Sale $14.99
Aged for five months in new and used French and American oak barrels. Opaque ruby red color with dark berry, anise, and incense aromas and notes of cracked pepper and wood smoke. Ripe and expansive on the palate, offering plush, silky tannins. The finish is exotic and smoke-tinged. Amazing value here.
2015 Balbas “Crianza,” Ribera del Duero DO
On Sale $24.99
This wine is aged 18 months in new and used French oak. It’s got a knock-out nose of candied dark berries, roasted coffee beans, and incense, with a mineral nuance adding complexity. The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon really works here. In the mouth the tannin is ripe, with plenty of blueberry and cherry-cola flavors, while remaining surprisingly fresh thanks to juicy acidity. Smoky oak notes carry through the full bodied but elegant finish.
2012 Balbas “Reserva,” Ribera del Duero DO
On Sale $36.99
This beauty is aged 24 months in new French oak. It has an explosive nose of blackberry, cassis, licorice, and graphite… almost Brunello-like! In the mouth, there are notes of spicy cherry and fresh flowers, with an exotic overlay of smoky herbs. It’s round, with sweet tannins, powerful cherry and dark berry flavors, a creamy texture, and slow-building mineral flavors. Finishes with mocha and cured meat on the broad, very long finish. Pretty remarkable stuff, especially for under $40!
2015 Celler Masia Can Tutusaus ‘Tutusaus’ Gran Reserva Brut Nature, Cava D.O.
On Sale $16.99
Made exactly as Champagne with 0 grams of added sugar. All of the vineyards are in the sweet spot of the Alt Penedès. Fleshy, dry, and focused with citrus, honeydew, and yellow apple flavors, unique spiciness, and a subtle ginger note.
2017 Ca N’Estruc Blanc, Catalonia D.O.
On Sale $12.99
The grapes here are Xarel-lo, Garnacha Blanca, and a touch of Macabeu. All done in steel with native yeasts. Bright, fresh, and loads of great fruit. This is built for sushi or other light fare. It’s super dry and crisp, with a great floral note on the mineral driven finish.
2015 Belondrade Verdejo “Quinta Apalonia,” Rueda DO
On Sale $18.99
Lots of lemon skin, lemon grass and green apples. Medium-bodied and fresh with some fruit and a pleasing finish. Drink now.
90 points, James Suckling
2015 Celler Cecilio Billo “Ona,” Priorat DO
On Sale $17.99
Deep ruby with expansive aromas of black currant, dark cherry, and licorice with exotic touches of smoke, vanilla, and violets. Concentrated but still super fresh on the palate with great clarity to the juicy black and blue fruit and floral flavors. Finishes smooth, mineral driven and long, with notes of dark chocolate and ripe tannin that show up late. This punches well above its weight!
Turmeon Vermut “Original” Rojo
On Sale $17.99
Aged in 80-year-old barrels for an average time of 20 years solera aging. Loads of spices and violets with dried fruit, figs and prunes. In the mouth it has great intensity and silky tannins. Perfect for sipping or a truly world class Manhattan.