Category Archives: Spain

RECOMMENDED: Enanzo Tempranillo 2009, Navarra, Spain. 13.5% ABV. Available for as little as $5.99.

First impression: Dark ruby red. Nice clarity. Great legs. Round molasses taste, yeast-roll finish. Second impression: More oak, more jammy, more pepper, less round. Third impression: Gentler, less spicy, tannic, leather. It really does have a lovely nose. This is … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 4 recommendations.

Four noteworthy wines from a recent tasting: Finca Copete, 2010 Torrontes, Argentina, $8.99. Torrontes is considered by some to be the flagship white wine grape of Argentina. This wine’s aroma is sweet, floral, and citrusy—but it’s dry, brilliant (almost metallic), … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 24 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

Prices are the retail price at the tasting venue, our local ABC store, unless otherwise noted. This time, I focused mostly on trying unusual varietals, as well as a slight emphasis on Pinot Noir, a varietal I’ve found to be … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Tres Picos Garnacha, 2009, Borsao, Spain. 14.5% alcohol. $16-21, but available for as little as $10.95.

Garnacha (Grenache) is usually used in blends, including the sought-after (and usually expensive) Châteauneuf-du-Pape. However, it’s emerging as a popular varietal. And this one, the 2009 Tres Picos, stands long, round, and tall. (Maybe that’s what those three peaks represent!) … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 40 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

2007 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. 14%. Aged in new French and American oak, 15 months. www.BodegasRamonBilbao.es. $16.99. 2008 Sterling Napa (silver label) Chardonnay. An old-California-style, big and chewy, oaky, velvety, buttery Chardonnary. Not as big as the 1980 Napa … Continue reading

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DID YOU KNOW … About Shipping Wine in the Summer

Once this summer, a shipment of six bottles of red wine arrived at our doorstep, and the heat was positively radiating from the box even before we opened it. I feared the whole shipment would be ruined, and promptly donned … Continue reading

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EXQUISITE: Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva, 2005. Retails for $19.95, available online for as little as $12.95.

We tried another Rioja within the last year and at first we were really floored at its strength and brashness, and it became a go-to red for a while. However, by the time we cracked the third bottle, it tasted … Continue reading

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