Rojo: Spanish Reds


2016 4Kilos Wines 12 Volts Tierra de Mallorca $24
60% Callet-Fogoneu, 20% Syrah, 10% Cabernet, 10% Merlot
12 Volts is a smooth red wine with aromas of ripe red fruit entwined with aromatic Mediterranean plants and a wet soil background. On the palate it is complex, flavorsome and balanced. The fruity flavor and balsamic notes stand out. The finish is lingering and very pleasant.  Organic Was $32 now $24

2014 4 Kilos Tierra de Mallorca  $35
70% Callet, 20% Cabernet, 10% Syrah
This cuvée is aged in new French oak barriques for 14 months. A composed, silky, blue/black fruit density, there’s richness and dryness to this, but the sweet core of fruit and beautifully composed texture and balance of the finish is superb. A wine has aged gracefully, but still has a flesh, substance and fine, savory freshness. Organic  Was $50 now $35


2014 Vina Cerrada Rioja Crianza  $12
95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano
A good introduction to Rioja, the Cerrada Crianza has attractive varietal aromas of red berries, fresh strawberry leaf and some hints of spice. It is rounded and soft in the mouth, with a medium bodied palate stacked with crunchy red berry and hedgerow fruit leading into an elegantly smooth, caressing finish.  Was $15 now $12

2016 Beronia Rioja Crianza  $13
91% Tempranillo,8% Garnacha, 1% Mazeulo
Beronia’s Crianza is aged for 12 months in mixed oak barrels and one year in bottle.
The wine has aromas of tobacco, vanilla and dark fruit, with smooth tannins and a spicy toasted finish.

2014 Frontaura Domino de Valdelacasa Cosecha  $16
From Toro the Domino is very intense on the nose, red fruit aromas, strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry are predominate with dairy and well-integrated wood. Touches of eucalyptus, velvety licorice and mineral notes come out. It is smooth, balsamic and very long. It is a structured and complex wine.

2016 Lar de Maia “5”  $17
75% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache
Lar de Maía was founded in 2010 in Castilla y León by María Burgoa and Raúl Tamayo practicing organic viticulture, and original, natural winemaking.   The “5” has intense red fruit aromas (cherry), blended with hints of vanilla, coconut and licorice that continue through to the finish.  Organic

2016 Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Resalte Ribera Del Duero  $18
100% Tempranillo
A crisp, intense and fresh wine which delivers an abundance of vibrant fruit flavors with background notes of spicy oak. The palate is round and beautifully balanced with a deep fruit flavor through to a long-lasting finish.

2015 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva  $20
80% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo, 2% Garnacha
Estate fruit, 18 months in American oak. Ripe-blackberry, licorice, smoke and bourbon notes.  Stained labels, better price!  Was $28 Now $20

2009 Siglo, Rioja Grand Riserva  $20
Tempranillo – with a bit of Garnacha & Graciano
Cool and foresty in tone, this wine feels integrated, with a lovely weave to its tannins and fruit. The wine melds tannins from oak, fruit skin and seeds in notes of caraway and walnut, with a vegetal anise scent adding complexity. The texture is plump and silken, with a ping of fruit that accelerates those tannins into a savory power drive. Classical Rioja.

2014 Cune, Rioja Reserva  $22
85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo.
Floral aromas and very fruity with forest fruits intermingled with the sweet aromas of the spices from the aging in barrel during 18 months. When tasting it is a soft wine but marked by a silky tannin and fresh finish which gives us a long and complex aftertaste.

2011 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Viña Cubillo  $27
65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano
From the vineyard Viña Cubillas, whose vines average 40-years of age. The soil is from the tertiary age and is a mixture of clay and limestone. The wine ages for three years, being racked twice per year before release.

2016 Muga Rioja Reserva  $30
70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo & Graciano
A traditional-styled Rioja, aged for 6 months in wooden vats before spending 2 years in 60% new French and American oak. Rich layered fruit that is smooth-textured and concentrated.

2007 Lopez d’ Heredia Tondonia Rioja Reserva  $45
75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo
A remarkable red from a Rioja icon, López de Heredia. There’s no concession to modernity, with fermentation in 140-year-old wooden vats plus six years’ ageing in oak casks, the rest in bottle.  Spices, leather, cherries, balsamic and cigar box.  Very complex spice and berry fruit, with a long savory finish.

Monastrell, Garnacha and Other Varietals.

2016 Campos de Risca Jumilla  $10
90% Monastrell (Mourvédre), 10% Syrah
From the sunny arid part of SE Spain known in Spanish as the ‘Levante’. Intense and a deep-red Bordeaux color. The nose shows aromas of dried and some fresh fruits, red berries but also dried figs and prunes. The palate is explosive but full of soft fruit and tannins.  Organic Was $13 Now $10

2018 Nekeas Cepa por Cepa  $11
Crisp and fruity with loads of delicious red fruit. This bright and juicy red strikes a brilliant balance between texture and vibrancy.  Sourced from extremely old clones and vineyards.

2015 Viña Século, Mencia  $12
25-year-old vines from Bierzo in Northwestern Spain. Medium-body, cherry red, with aromas of of ripe fruit, vanilla, and spices. Ideal paired with chicken, grilled meats, or pasta.

2019 Xiloca  Calatayud Garnacha  $12
Intense blackberry color and aroma are captivating. Freshness and integrated tannins invite a second sip. The intensity continues in a mouth filling palate and a lingering fruit/mineral finish.

2017 Cesar Langa, Frenesi  $13
35% Shiraz, 35% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
The Langa family owns more than 70 hectares of vineyards spread over two Biodynamic farmed estates. The Frenesi has a very minerally aroma with spicy notes such as clove, cinnamon, pepper and vanilla. It has s ripe, even jam-like black fruit, beautiful tannins, a silky and round, muscular body.   Organic

2017 Anadas Care Granacha Nativa  $14
A juicy and delicious garnacha with crushed-berry and chocolate character. Full-bodied yet tight and balance with a balance of ripe tannins and flavor.  Vegan

2018 Can Blau Montsant  $15
40% Mazuelo (Carrignan), 40% Syrah, 20% Garnacha
From average 35-year-old vines. “Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way.” WA 90pts

2017 Juan Gil Monastrell  $15
From the Gil Estate in Jumilla, these old vineyards’ chalky and stony soils with poor nutrients are ideal for the growing of the Monastrell. This big shouldered old vine Monastrell sees 12 months in French oak barrels. It is rich without being jammy, structured, without being too tannic. Aromas of ripe currant, red berries, and smoked note, with a huge mouthful of crème-de-cassis concentration.

2017 Jimenex-Landi Bajondillo  $17
Garnacha with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a light, fresh, easy to drink red. The grapes are sourced from La Dehesa vineyard, in the vicinity of the winery:.  The wine, which is fermented and aged briefly in concrete tanks, displays strawberry and herbal notes.  Organic

2016 Feix Negra Priorat  $18
50% Garnacha, 50% Carineña
Red fruit aromas are topped with oaky, spicy scents of vanilla and clove. A fresh, high-tension palate features dry tannins and roughness, while plum, wild berry and oak flavors conclude on a smacking, zesty finish.

2010 La Antigua Rioja Classico Reserva  $20
60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Ripe red berries, violet and cracked pepper on the nose; a vanilla nuance emerges with aeration. Seamless in texture and appealingly sweet, offering pliant raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of mocha. Closes smooth and fruity, with subtle tannins coming in late.

2016 Costers del Priorat “Petit Pissarres”  $22
60% Garnacha, 40% Samsó
Petit Pissarres is derived from the word “Pizarra” which is “slate” in Spanish, and this delicious Priorat is almost revelatory in that it’s not nearly as massive as most reds from this fast-rising region. Intense red with purple tones. It has a very fresh aroma, full of flowers and red fruits sensations that are confirmed in the palate and finishes cheerful and lively!

2011 Vina Magaña Baron de Magaña Navarra  $23
35% Merlot, 35% Cab Sauvignon, 20% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah
Abundant notes of blackberries, crème de cassis, camphor, and flowers, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, tremendous lushness and purity, and a beautifully textured, round, generous finish.  It’s a layered, medium to full-bodied, pure, luscious and heady wine

2016 Tomas Cusine Geol  $26
60% Samsó, 30% Merlot & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
From older vines in trellised vineyard parcels with naturally low yields on stony calcareous limestone and gravel plots. Think forest fruits like mature blackberries and plum compote. Cedar, eucalyptus, dark chocolate, balsamic, licorice and black currants with elegant and sweet wood in the nose. Wide and silky entrance, with rounded tannins, powerful, structured, deep and persistent finish.  Organic

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