26 Jul Spain & Portugal Tasting Sat. 7/28
Saturday, July 28
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Come by this Saturday and taste new arrivals from Spain and Portugal!
2017 Pios Branco, Duoro DOC, Portugal
On Sale $12.99
This wine has great body with citrus and minerality flavors, and a distinct salinity. Alcohol is surprisingly well balanced with just ripe tropical fruit notes. Reminds you of Albariño on the nose and then is a bit more rich on the palate.
2016 Terroir Historic Priorat Blanc, Spain
On Sale $24.99
The 2016 Terroir Históric Blanc is a blend of 75% Garnacha Blanca and 25% Macabeo aged in concrete vats for some six months. They use organically grown grapes that come from their own vineyards and from other growers. It has light skin contact, as it’s the traditional “brisat” style, which gives the wine structuring tannins and some herbaceous and spicy notes (they even use stems) that go very well with food and results in slightly lower alcohol. The 2016 vintage is fresher than the initial 2015, which is when they started this project with the idea to deliver affordable wines that have a traditional profile, wines from the Mediterranean but being careful with alcohol. This has 13% alcohol, which is the minimum allowed by the appellation of origin. It’s tasty and soft, a tad fresher than the 2015. 6,000 bottles were filled in March 2017.
91+ Points, The Wine Advocate
2014 Pios Tinto, Duoro DOC, Portugal
On Sale $19.99
Ruby center, deep with bright red velvet edges. Floral and plum aromas with attractive resin notes. In the mouth it is compact and full bodied, with black fruits tones, spices and minerals, highlighted by the acidity that leaves a fresh finish. Provides a great example of the components each grape brings to the blend. Touriga Nacional- floral, blue fruit; Touriga Franca- black fruit, tannins; Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo)- red fruit, acidity.
2015 Celler Capcanes Mas Donis “Old Vines,” Montsant DO, Spain
On Sale $12.99
The deep ruby/purple colored 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines is billed as a poor man’s Priorat from Importer Eric Solomon, and I certainly can’t disagree with him. Blackberries, blueberries, peppery, hints of violets and some minerality all emerge from this juicy, ripe, sexy red that’s an undeniable joy to drink. The wine is a blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah, brought up all in concrete tanks.
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Vinsacro Dioro, Rioja, Spain
On Sale $23.99
The top of the range is the 2015 Vinsacro Dioro, a wine that is only produced in excellent vintages. It’s a blend of 40% Vidau (the old field blend) plus 45% Tempranillo and 15% Mazuelo, from a slope in the south of the Monte Yerga called Cuesta la Reina, from a big, 120-hectare plot that has been with the Escudero family for generations. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel with a long maceration. It matured in new French (70%) and American oak barrels for 18 months. It’s still very young and a little shy, with a reticent nose where the lactic and spicy aromas are intermixed with earthy and dark fruit aromas. The palate is full-bodied but perfectly balanced, compact, powerful and serious, with abundant tannins, extract and clout. This should develop nicely in bottle, given its stuffing and balance. An excellent, modern version of a classical Rioja. 20,000 bottles were filled in June 2017.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Bodegas Abanico Hazana “Vinas Viejas,” Rioja DO, Spain
On Sale $11.99
A custom cuvée made by Eric Solomon and Rafael de Haan, the 2015 Hazana Vinas Viejas is a classic, old school styled effort based on 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano aged 10 months in French and American oak. With medium to full-bodied richness, excellent concentration, and lots of chocolatey dark fruits, new leather, dusty earth, and graphite notes,it’s one hell of a wine for 14 dollars.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck