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Castilla y León
Bodegas Adriá, Vilafranca del Bierzo (León)
Viña Barroca Mencía Tinto 2010 Bierzo 13.5% 12/750ML $14.99 SRP
Good with grilled and roasted red meats, charcoal-grilled lamb chops, chorizo, rice dishes, pasta dishes, pizza and cheeses
Viña Catajarros Rosado 2011 Cigales 13.0% 12/750ML $13.99
A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha Tinta, 10% Verdejo, 5% Alvillo.
Appearance: Pretty, bright, strawberry-raspberry rosé (please don't call my rosados pink).
Nose: strawberry-cherry fruit with hints of spices such as cloves and cinnamon.
This is wine that begs for a second bottle. I would not hesitate to cellar this wine for three to four years.
Spanish Artisan Wine Group Stars from Ribeira Sacra: The most awesomely beautiful wine region on earth
"Tasted the new Holy Grail of Ribeira Sacra producers yesterday - Don Bernardino, Decima, Sabatelius, Toalde, Cazoga - just insanely good, low octane fireworks."--John B. Gilman, Publisher of View From The Cellar
(Click on above link to see notes on five great producers.)
Finca Teira Blanco 2011 (D.O. Ribeiro), 12.7% alcohol 12/750ML $19.99 per bottle SRP.
Treixadura (65%) , Godello (20%), Torrontés (15%).
Exclusively from free-run must from selected grapes from the Miñoteira y Portela vineyards. 92+ points.
Teira X 2010* (D.O. Ribeiro), 13% alcohol 6/750ML $26.99 per bottle SRP.
Valdeorras: Spain's Great White Hope in The Valley of Gold
Excerpt: ". . .Some people have already made up their minds about godello. Gerry Dawes, who has been writing about Spanish wines for decades and who recently went into the importing business, has called godello “Spain’s emerging hope as an equivalent to the great white Burgundies.”
Adegas O Barreiro, Seadur (Ourense)
O Barreiro 'A Silveira' Godello 2010 12.5% 6/750ML $19.99 SRP
Pretty, brilliant green-gold. Whiffs of white peach. Fine, racy, acidity with restrained white peach, stone fruit and bitter almond flavors. Its tartness is balanced by lovely fruit and moderate alcohol, which makes it an exceptional food wine. In the third glass, it's raciness is somewhat reminiscent of great Savennières and the quality, flavor and finish is as good as many white Burgundies.
“When Gerry discusses his albariños his voices rises and his enthusiasm goes into high gear, as does the prose in his tasting sheet on albariños from members of the Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas.
The association, he relates, is “A group of small grower-producers who rebelled against commercial wine styles in Rías Baixas and produce their own unique wines using native yeasts.” He continues: “Each wine is distinctly different from the others. There are 14 members of this association. I have six of them, with probably four more to come. Why? These wines are among the greatest white wines of Spain, that’s why.”
Can Festis, World-Class Champagne Quality Artisan Cava From Catalunya
Three exceptional elaboración artesanal (artisanally produced) Cavas from the cellars of Jaume Giró et Giró.
Terra Remota Caminante White and Camino Red
The vineyards are farmed with the maximum of respect for the environment and are now in sixth year of ecological cultivation. Delicious First-Rate Wines From Marc & Emma Bournazeau.
Heretat Navàs (Red Wine) 2008
History and tradition join with innovation to create the wine Heretat Navàs Vi Negre under the direction of the great Catalan winemaker Joan Milà, a great aficionado of the history of this house and this land. Joan Milà, who died in a traffic accident in January 2010, vinified this wine in 2008 and guided it through until it was bottled in September 2009.