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Spain, Garnacha, Rosé, Paniza, Cariñena, 2015

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N/ Strawberries, crushed rocks, hay, wild herbs, orange rind, and light wafts of Grand Marnier. Interesting and unexpected. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Strawberries and cream. Cranberries. Clean lines of minerals on an extended close for a rosé. http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/ N = A/A- T = B+ I = B+ Overall = B+ Also see… http://www.nextgreatgrape.com/ From […]

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Spain, Red Blend, Tempranillo, Cabernet, and Syrah, Abadía Retuerta, Selección Especial, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Sardón de Duero, Duero, 2013

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Red blend of: 75% tempranillo, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah and other red varieties such as merlot and petit verdot. C/ Squid ink, blood, and beet juice. Awesome. N/ A dark, lurid tarn (which, I love the smell of by the way). Deep mature oak notes, massive black and purple fruits, wafts of country sage […]

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Spain, Albariño, Bodegas As Laxas, Laxas, Rias Baixas, 2015

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N/ Yellow grasses, oyster shells, honeysuckle, sunbleached rocks, and green apples. Delightful and scream scream screaming for shellfish! T/ Light mouthfeel. Clean flavors of chamomile, ripe honeysuckle, citrus, crisp spring water, and tart green apples. Paired very nicely with pan seared shrimp with a garlic butter and tarragon dipping sauce and a side of steamed […]

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Spain, Albariño, Morgadio, Rías Baixas, 2015

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N/ Hay, salt, and the smell of the ocean. Cracked granite, citrus, chamomile, and light herbs. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lime juice squeezed into chamomile tea. Truly. Refreshing. Pairing: shellfish, fish, or veggie dishes. http://www.riasbaixaswines.com/ Price = $13 – $16 N = A- T = B+ I = B+ Overall = B+ This wine was a […]

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Spain, Bodega Paniza, Garnacha and Tempranillo, Paniza, Cariñena, 2013

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N/ Tomato leaves dominate. Wild and savory herb blast, with organic soil and earth, paprika, and dusty black fruits. T/ Medium mouth feel. Dusty purple and black fruits infused with notes of black soil, earth, and maduro tobacco. Rustic. Very rustic. Pair with a meat pizza, lamb, or game. http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/index.php Price = $10 – $15 […]

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Spain, Garnacha, Particular, Bodegas San Valero, Cariñena, 2013

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N/ The first thing that hits you is a blast of wild country herbs, light mint, and Eucalyptus wafts. Ripe red and black berries delight. Split flint, black soil, brick dust, and hardwoods bring the earth notes and round out a wonderful and complex nose. T/ Medium mouthfeel with clean and elegant lines of red, […]

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Spain, Albariño, Vionta, Limited Release, Rías Biaxas, 2014

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N/ Steamed hay, marine/beach/salty wafts, yellow fruits, fresh rain, river rocks, and light chlorine/ozone. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Round and very easy to drink. Yellow fruits and lean/clean mineral and rock notes. Medium acid levels. Light bitter bite. River rock close. Price = $16 Winemaker = Roberto Fuentes http://www.riasbaixaswines.com/winery/vionta/wine/2759/ N = B+ T = B+ I […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Rose, Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España, CVNE, Rosato, Rioja, 2015

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N/ Her nose leads with crushed rocks, then ample red berries and ripe red apples with skins. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Very nice acid popping flavors of ripe red apples and raspberries. Interestingly, some savory and wild herb flavors as well, which I was not expecting. Note: I would pair this wine with […]

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Spain, Viura, Monopole, Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, CVNE, Rioja, 2015

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N/ Fresh rain, spring water, white flowers, citrus, sea spray, and wild grasses. T/ Light mouthfeel. Elevated acidity with great mineral notes leads to subtle flavors of citrus, green apple, and chamomile. http://www.cvne.com/en/ct-vino/monopole/ Price = $13 N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a media sample kindly […]

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Spain, Sparkling, Cava, Brut Rose, Anna de Codorniu, DO Cava

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Made from 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay N/ Red apple, strawberry, fresh rain, hint of crushed rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly she has very nice ruby grapefruit flavors with some red apple skins as well. A mineral component is there but is a tad gentle. I wished for a little more complexity here but […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Campo Viejo, 2013

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N/ Red berries, cassis, brick dust, tobacco, crushed slate, eucalyptus, smoky forest floor, black soil. Earthy loveliness. T/ Medium weight mouthfeel. Red berries, ripe cranberry, smoked meats. Delicious wood, tobacco, and cedar notes. The flavors of sweet boysenberries without the sugary notes. Mineral and acid dancing on her close, which begs for another sip. Absolutely delicious. Flat out […]

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Spain, Rose, Rosada, Vina Real, Cune, Rioja Alta, Rioja, 2014

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100% tempranillo N/ Bright and clean with lovely fresh rain aromas, citrus zest, wet rocks, granite, and dry hay. T/ Light mouthfeel. Nice, dancing acids over a rich minerality with light flavors of red berries, honeysuckle, and pink grapefruit. She has an extended, mineral rich finish with nice mouthwatering action. For me, a true delight. […]

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Spain, Garnacha, Campo Viejo, Rioja, Fuenmayor, 2012

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This is Campo Viejo’s first-ever 100% garnacha. N/ Deep cherry, caramel, and spice notes are the first things to present. Nutmeg and sweet woody aromas follow.  Violets, lavender, and white flowers. Soft flint notes. Hints of mesquite wood smoke. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Wonderful acid popping cherries and black cherries. Raspberries and boysenberries add to the fruit […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Toro Loco, Bodegas Covinas, Utiel Requena, 2011

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N/ Plum skins, steeped rhubarb and black tea. Woody red berries and cranberry. Light chlorine and a touch of rust. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Red berries and ripe cranberry. Bright acid. Smooth, and very gulpable. Solid tannins with almost no bite. Soft and angular components interchange in a way rare for this price point. […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Artero, Bodega Munoz, La Mancha, 2007

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N/ Brick dust. Round oaks. Freshly dried hay. Blood. River rocks and flint. Wonderful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium high cleanliness. Round, sexy. Clean plums. Red berries and cranberries. Still a tad invasive tannic bite, that simply more bottle aging will likely address. (Although even simpler decanting and swirling took care of this after about the 30 minute mark). […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Rioja, Montecillo, Crianza, 2007

N/ Raw, clean meat. Strong, but lovely rosemary. Light game. Spice. Sage. Fresh leather. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Clean, but with a slight chalk finish. Light, soft, plums dusted with dry earth and a pinch of white pepper. Red berries. This wine is quite elegant with a rich, velvety, some might say “pricey” mouthfeel.  […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Rioja, Montecillo, Reserva, 2003

Note: Potent barnyard aromas performed full frontal assault upon opening of this bottle.  They needed at least an hour to burn down to a pleasant level. N/ Absolutely massive barnyard which subsided over time to reveal fig jam, raw game, blood, black earth, and mushrooms. Incredibly dynamic with varied swirling and time in the glass.  […]

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Sparkling Wine / Champagne / Cava / Cremant / Prosecco = “Sparkling Spectacular”

This following wines were part of blind tasting by the #SDWM (twitter hashtag) group – our “Sparkling Spectacular”. We were fortunate enough to have bottles of bubbles from all over the world, a dozen of which I found interesting enough to write up. The results were quite surprising.  Flat-out amazing deals exist in the sparkling […]

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Spain, Red Blend, Cabernet and Tempranillo, The Spanish Quarter, 2007

Red Blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Tempranillo N/ Warm, sweet peppers. Black pepper. Oaked red berries. Light chlorine. Stale water. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dripping berries. Bright, lovely acid for a red. So smooth, incredibly gulpable. Nice tannns but almost zero bite. Even some nice structure. Surprising and delightful for the price. The QPR […]

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Spain, Red Blend, Bodegas Castano, Solanera, Vinas Viejas, Yecla, 2005

Red blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Tintorera. Suggestion: Decant and let breathe at least one, preferably two or more, hours. N/ Black pepper bomb. Old, wet oak. Granite. Slight port. Dry gunnysack. T/ Medium mouthfeel. High acid for a red. Dried cassis. Plum liqueur. Tobacco juice. Sharp woods. Slight chocolate. Retail […]

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