27 Apr Spain & Portugal Tasting
Saturday, April 29
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us for a special tasting of Spanish and Portuguese wines, including some lovely aged wines from 2004, 2007, and 2008. These are current releases that were designed for extended bottle aging. These two countries are well-known for offering incredible quality-to-price ratios.
2015 Envidia Cochina Tete de Cuvee Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain
On Sale $19.99
This beauty is unique from the moment you see it, with a distinctive bottle shape and even more personality inside the bottle. Notes of peach, lemon, and ocean air on the nose lead into a palate of stone fruit, pear, almond, and tropical fruits. It’s silky and textured from aging on the lees.
2015 Buil and Gine Wine Company “Joan Gine Blanc,” Priorat, Spain
On Sale $22.99
Dry white wine, with fruity and floral aromas in combination with a broad and well-structured palate. Its complexity reveals its notable personality. With a mineral background, it is mature, silky in the mouth and meaty.
2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tinto Cubilla Crianza, Rioja, Spain
On Sale $24.99
The first of the reds here is the 2008 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza from a cooler vintage that produced some austere and serious wines–a year with higher acidity and lively fruit. It feels effervescent and it makes you salivate. This is usually a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from 50-year-old vines that ferments in ancient oak vats, and ages in barrel for three years. This cuvée has increased its quality tremendously since the 1990s. These cooler years provide citric freshness, and a very fine texture and vibrant acidity. This is so easy to drink that it can be dangerous.This was the Rioja clarete fino–the everyday red. It’s both elegant and powerful. Very good value, too. 99,000 bottles produced.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Sierra Demanda Aplanta Red Blend, Portugal
On Sale $9.99
70% Aragonez, 30% Alicante Bouschet. Dark garnet tinged purple. On the nose, lush blueberry, plum and red cherry aromas, overlaid with slate mineral. On the palate, a core of red cherry and blueberry fruit is wrapped with hints of fresh tobacco, black pepper and spice. Plush and refreshing all at once.
2007 La Coartada Gran Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal
On Sale $24.99
This awesome aged red blend (Tempranillo, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon) comes from biodynamic vineyards in Alentejo. Aged for 4 years in new oak, another 3 years in stainless steel, and 6 months in bottle before being released from the winery. Despite what seems like an old vintage, this wine is young and vibrant, with notes of strawberry, sour cherry, black plum, black tea, and rose petals, with a slightly spicy, citrusy finish.
2004 Lopez de Heredia “Vina Tondonia,” Rioja, Spain
On Sale $39.99
“The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that’s possible-umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence. 260,000 bottles produced.”
94 points, The Wine Advocate