Spice Up Your Saturday With Some Spanish Reds!
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~ Selections To Be Tasted ~
2014 Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos Prima
Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos owns 55 hectares in the villages of Villaester and San Roman de Hornija, planted mainly with Tinta de Toro, the local clone of Tempranillo. It has adapted to the local climate by growing smaller berries which in turn lead to deeper color and more intense aroma and structure than typical of Tempranillo.
James Suckling 91 Points: Lots of grape-skin character with hints of licorice and hot stones. Concentrated and rich, yet there’s an underlying freshness. Polished tannins…Drink now.
2013 Hugas De Batlle
Coma de Vaixell
Emporda-Costa Brava, Spain
La Costa Brava, the rocky, rugged coastline that runs along Spain’s north-eastern shore, is far better known for its lovely seaside resorts and wave-lapped beaches than for its wines. Yet just inland stretch the rolling vineyards of the DO Empordà-Costa Brava. One of Spain’s smaller Denominations of Origin, it has just under 3,000 hectares under vine and has earned a reputation in recent years for planting a wide range of local and international varieties.
Wine has been made here since the 5th century BC, when Phoenicians first colonized the coast. The DO has never been one of Spain’s best-known, but the exciting wines being made here in recent years aim to change that.
Winemaker Notes: Bright red with a bluish tinge. A different, perfumed, very fruity nose recalling red berries like strawberries or raspberries mixed with a hint of toasted oak. It is a very drinkable wine, entering the mouth smoothly with, above all, a very strong reminder of the same fruits or flowers and aromatic herbs as the nose. Explosive in a way few young wines are, but with pleasant, fresh sensations due to its acidity that will keep it light for quite some time.
2011 Casa Gran Del Siurana Cruor
Cruor is one classic wine! Garnatxa, Samsó and Cabernet Sauvignon are chosen from the different parts of La Fredat. This property’s varied terrain produces Garnatxa which ripens in the sun, morning and afternoon, providing clusters both from cool and hot zones. Such a varied selection brings with it elegance and complexity.
Vinous 93 Points: Black fruit aromas, spicy and balsamic, with some coffee, chocolate and smoky notes. Full in the mouth, full bodied, with a good structure and an elegance with clean tannins. Long after-taste.
2005 R. Lopez de Heredia
Vina Tondonia Reserva
Rioja Alta, Spain
It all started in the middle of the nineteenth century when French negociants visited the Rioja region to find alternative sources of quality grapes to transform into wine, since the phylloxera epidemic had decimated their vineyards. Founder, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic student in the art of wine making, followed closely in their footsteps.
Don Rafael fell in love with the region and especially the area around Haro, the mythical capital of the Rioja Alta region. He observed that there was a magical combination of soil and climate that would offer the perfect environment for producing wine that would eventually become world famous. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia bodega (winery), the oldest in Haro and one of the first three houses in the Rioja region.
Decanter 96 Points: Traditional Rioja at its ageworthy best, the Tondonia red is a cuvee of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo. Leafy, gamey and sweet, with tangy acidity and a volatile lift.
James Suckling 94 Points: Lovely depth of fruit to this mature red with chocolate, dark tea and bark. Purple flowers and violets. Full and very silky and refined. A beautiful traditional wine to get to know.