This Saturday we’ll be tasting some tasty wines gathered from the Spanish landscape. We have a lovely Galacian white, a very old vine La Machian Bobal, a solid value Rioja, a heavy hitter from Zamora and a dry Amontillado from Jerez. Join us.
2012 Vina Reboreda, Blanc $12
65% Treixadura, 35% Torrontés
Viña Reboreda’s vineyards comprises 40 hectares on the Miño River Soils vary from alluvial and stony near the river to outcroppings of slate, granite and chalk on the higher west-facing slopes. The Blanc is a crisp, freshly aromatic and versatile dry white wine with impressive complexity and persistence. Treixadura provides savory consistency while Torrontés adds floral and spice notes.
2011 Vega Tolotas, 11 Pinos, Bobal Old Vine $11
Manchuela lies to the northeast of La Mancha between the Júcar and Cabriel River valleys, and well above the coastal plains of Valencia and Alicante. It is the ancestral home of Bobal, one of Spain’s most interesting and underappreciated red varieties. Vega Tolosa founded in 1905, has 150 hectares of organically farmed vines, of which 100 acres is head-pruned Bobal, all over 80 years old. The wine is partially oak-aged, with varietal notes of wild mountain herbs, red fruit and minerals.
2010 Lorinon, Tempranillo, Tinto $13
Lorinon’s tinto is aged 14 months in American oak, with partial malolactic in new French oak. The wine has spice and leather notes complementing the deep blackberry fruit and ferrous minerality of Rioja’s red soils. It is Mouth-filling yet fresh, with the structure for improving in bottle for a number of years.
2006 Alejandro Fernández , Dehezia La Granga $18
Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera, having created Tinto Pesquera and Condado de Haza in their native Ribera del Duero, looked farther afield to Zamora and in 1998 started Dehezia La Granga, with planting 325 acres of old-clone Tempranillo from his vineyards in Ribera del Duero. The fully-extracted must undergoes malolactic fermentation in new oak, and a meticulous racking and aging program achieves natural clarification. The wines are bottled after two years in the barrel. Purity of fruit accompanies concentrated texture and weight, with excellent balance and expression enhanced by two years in bottle prior to release.
Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana, Napoleon Amontillado $20 500ml
Founded in 1792 by José Pantaleón Hidalgo, Bodegas Hidalgo is still owned by the sixth generation of the family, and is the last remaining family business to produce its own unblended, single-solera Sherries made from its own estate vineyards. True amontillados are naturally aged versions of the best finos, and are totally dry. The Napoleón is long, lean and elegant in style.
The aging cellar at Dehezia La Granga.