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El Castro de Valtuille Bierzo 2006

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Color, Country, Red, Spain, Uncategorized

Bierzo is a recent discovery for many of us.  I like the darker, richer qualities of the Castro  –  other Bierzos are brighter and shinier.  This one has the briar and turf qualities of, say, a Rhône wine but with that characteristic Spanish bitterness.  And qualities of light and high brass which can only be [...]

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Dinastía Vivanco Reserva 2004

November 21st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Color, Country, Red, Spain

We could divide the taste of wine into five parts: sugar which we call fruit, acid for balance, alcohol — experienced as texture and heat in the mouth, tannin from the skins and stems, and oak from the barrel. Of these flavors, oak is the only one added by the vintner. The others result from [...]

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2008 Luna Beberide Bierzo

November 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Color, Country, Red, Spain

Asturii scrutador pallidus auri – “Pale seekers after gold”– Lucan, Pharsalia Bierzo was once the home of the Astures, fair-haired Celts (“pallidus“) who lived in stone forts and raided the occupying Roman force for centuries.   From their isolated redoubts, these stubborn indigènes fought bitterly, men beside the women, long after most of the Iberian peninsula [...]

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b.v. Noe Coupage Rioja 2008

April 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Color, Country, Red, Spain

In the thirteenth century, the Spanish priest Gonzalo de Berceo, writing in the Suso monastery in Rioja, chastised the ungenerous in his poem  “Signs of the Last Judgment.”   Cuando el porbreziello     a vuestra puerta vino Pidiendo en mi nombre     con ábito mesquino Vos dar noli quiesiestes     nin del [...]

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2007 Parés Baltà “Mas Petit”

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Color, Country, Red, Spain

Here is a cabernet on holiday.  Parés Baltà “Mas Petit” 2007 from the Penedès region a few miles southwest of Barcelona.   The wine is a blend: primarily cabernet with 16 % Grenacha.  This is cabernet which has escaped the more formal restraints of the Bordeaux expression. The taste is pink cherry, a little candied, [...]

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Barranc Dels Closos 2006 Priorat

January 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Color, Red, Spain, Uncategorized

Priorat is a county in Catalonia, compact and very hilly, a few hours south of Barcelona.  The name comes from the Carthusian monks who owned much of the land from 1163 until 1835 when their vineyards and holdings were expropriated.  Their monastery was governed by a prior; his domain was a priorat. Priorat wines are [...]

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Blanco Nieva Verdejo 2007

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Spain, White

Blanco Nieva Verdejo 2007. Here is another Spanish wine — a white made from the verdejo grape in Rueda just northwest of Madrid. This is hot central Spain. The grapes are harvested at night for freshness. Verdejo has grown into one of Spain’s leading white wine varieties. Blanco Nieva arrives with a rush of botanical [...]

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