07 Feb France & Spain Tasting
Saturday, February 9
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
This weekend we’re having a bit of an old world showdown, sampling some delicious wines from France and Spain. From France, we’re featuring three incredibly pleasant, easy drinkers including a lovely sparkling rose from Alsace. And from Spain, we’re featuring a very compelling winery, a Rioja reference point, called Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (luckily, you can just say “Cune”). Don’t miss this great tasting!
NV Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Rose
On Sale $16.99
Tart apple and fresh lemon meet on the invigorating nose. The vivid palate fizzes with freshness and brings in lots of lemony brightness. The finish is harmonious, rounded, fruit-driven and dry.
90 Points, The Wine Enthusiast
2017 Guy Saget “La Petite Perriere” Sauvignon Blanc, France
On Sale $9.99
This wine offers light aromas of citrus peel, underripe mango and peach skin that show a bit more intensity on the medium-weight palate, where they marry with additional notes of banana and lemon curd. It’s well balanced and easy to like, with ample acidity and moderate length on the finish.
The Wine Enthusiast
2016 Domaine d’Andezon Cotes du Rhone
On Sale $12.99
Long-time American readers should already know this wine, as it has been a staple in the Eric Solomon portfolio for more than a decade. The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Andezon is 100% Syrah, aged entirely in tank. It’s a lush, medium to full-bodied wine bursting with ripe blackberries and blueberries. No, it doesn’t have the peppery spice of Syrah from the northern Rhône, but it does have enough cola-like spicy complexity to warrant an outstanding rating. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate
“C.V.N.E. needs absolutely no introduction. It is seen as a bastion of traditional Rioja, and older vintages are revered.”
Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
2015 Cune (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana) Blanco Seco, Haro Bilbao Monopole, Rioja
On Sale $22.99
Aromas of grapefruit skin, green apples and dried pineapple in addition to some mineral undertones. Well-composed white Rioja with poignant acidity that’s nevertheless in harmony with the texture and volume of fruit. Medium finish. Drink now.
90 Points, James Suckling
90 Points, The Wine Spectator
2012 Cune (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana) Rioja Gran Reserva
On Sale $31.99
The 2012 Cune Gran Reserva, a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, matured in barrel for two years and was kept in bottle for three years before it was released. It had a lot of freshness, with notes of red fruit and an iron-like touch, reminiscent of beef blood and meat, austere and serious. The oak is pretty much in the background. The palate is sleek and polished, with fine tannins and a soft mouthfeel. Very good balance and drinkability. 50,000 bottles were produced in this excellent but low-yielding vintage.
91+ Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Cune (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana) Rioja Gran Reserva “Imperial”
On Sale $64.99
Enticing aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries with a mineral and salty character. Iodine, too. Tree bark. Full body, fine-grained and concentrated tannins and a long and clean, salty and light coffee finish. Great balance and structure. As it should be. Drink or hold.
96 Points, James Suckling