22 Sep Olé Imports Tasting Sat. 9/24
Ole Imports Tasting
Saturday, September 24
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
This week we’re highlighting selections from Olé Imports, an importer specializing in artisanal wines from all over Spain and Portugal. These wines are fabulous and we are excited to be able to include some bottles with age!
2015 Columna Albariño, Rias Baixas
On Sale $14.99
Fresh melon and pear on the perfumed nose, with floral and herbal qualities adding complexity. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant orchard and pit flavors along with hints of fennel and honeysuckle. The smooth, clinging finish shows a lingering pit fruit character.
2014 Orto Vins Les Argiles Blanc, Montsant
On Sale $19.99
Bright gold. Complex and deeply perfumed; evokes ripe orchard and pit fruits, beeswax, chamomile and candied ginger. The plush, expansive palate offers sappy nectarine and poached pear flavors, along with suggestions of honey and marzipan. A spine of juicy acidity adds focus to a long, mineral-laced finish and buffers the richness of this exotic wine. Made entirely in stainless steel, this wine gets its heft from eight months on its lees.
1995 Caves San Joao Poco do Lobo Arinto Blanco, Portugal
On Sale $31.99
The Arinto “Poço do Lobo” is actually a current item, available from the importer. Arinto ages well and the terroir, not far from the ocean, typically provides good acidity. So, this region does have a reputation for aging well in all colors. This is lovely. To be sure, it is fully mature–and wonderfully complex. It is not going to taste fresh or fruity or perky. But if there is any oxidation, it isn’t much. This has a fine core of acidity to still provide tension on the finish. It is surprisingly lively and relatively solid in the mid-palate. It awakens and actually seemed a bit fresher with air and warmth, with some notes of dried pear. It is not at all sweet, but its harmony makes it great to drink on its own. Or, it will go well with any number of restrained fish dishes and gentle, fatty foods. I came back to this another six or so hours later. It showed more mushroom and truffle, but its acidity was still fine and the wine was still great. It actually once again got fresher with air and warmth. How much longer does it have? That is always a fine question for wines that probably have already exceeded many peoples’ guesses by a lot. At a certain point, it becomes about the bottle. It still seems to have plenty of time left, but let’s exercise a little caution and take that in stages. By the way, the price for something this old and this good is exceptional. If it said “Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru” instead of Beiras, that likely wouldn’t be the case.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Elo Monastrell, Yecla, Spain
On Sale $34.99
(aged in 500-liter French oak barrels for one year, followed by another year in concrete vats): Ruby-red. Potent aromas of raspberry, cola, candied flowers and white pepper, with a bright mineral overtone. Fresh, energetic and seamless on the palate, displaying red berry liqueur, cherry and jolt of spiciness on the back half. Supple tannins give shape and grip to the very long, sappy finish. Made from 32-year-old ungrafted vines that are planted at an altitude of nearly 800 meters.
91 Points, Vinous Media
2011 Pinyolet Garnacha Seleccion, Spain
On Sale $14.99
The 2011 Pinyolet Garnacha (100% Grenache from a vineyard planted in 1962 on pure limestone soils) was aged completely in stainless steel on its lees. Basically a baby Priorato, it reveals rich strawberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with notes of licorice, crushed rock and earth, all offered in a medium to full-bodied, heady style. The price is a steal and the quality of the wine is impressive. Enjoy it over the next 4-6 years or longer.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
1985 Caves Sao Joao Porta dos Cavaleiros Tinto, Dão, Portugal
On Sale $34.99
Bright red-garnet. On the nose, dried cherry, rose petal, tobacco, white pepper and flint. On the palate, elegant flavors of dried red berry and fresh Rainier cherry are at the core of a swirling combination of floral notes, mineral, pipe tobacco and forest floor. Balancing acidity and excellent length.