Last week I enjoyed a Spanish wine tasting at our local wine shop: Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar. https://www.facebook.com/mrbillswinecellar/
Spanish Wines ~ Lots to Love!
I found a new favorite and renewed acquaintances with a couple of old favorites.
Senda Verde Albariño
My new favorite: Senda Verde Albariño. This bright freshness of this wine reminds me of another of my favorite wines: the Vinho Verde wines from Portugal.
Notes from Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar: Senda Verde is a collection of artisanal wines from unique regions in northern Spain that follow the 43° N parallel, stretching from coastal Galicia eastward along the northern coastline. In contrast to the rest of Spain, this area is lush and green from oceanic and geologic influences. The region is referred to as “España Verde” (Green Spain). The grapes are sourced from the vineyards situated in the Salnés Valley and the ORosal area, within the D.O. Rias Baixas appellation. Vines are arranged in the “emparrado” and “trellis” systems. Bright and aromatically complex, notes of ripe apricot, apple and wild flowers. Fresh and crisp with persistent lush textures on the palate. The finish is fruity and with mineral nuances. Aged on the lees for 4 months. $13 – $15 range.
Here’s a couple of links about Spanish wines and more specifically Albariño:
Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad
My favorite Cava! With the pewter base and family crest on the bottle…so pretty in a gift basket. And now I’ve made the connection…the producer, Segura Viudas, is part of the Freixenet family of wines that includes Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma which is one of my favorite California sparkling wines. The non-vintage Reserva Heredad is the label’s top offering, made only from 67% Macabeo and 33% Parellada grapes. Aromas of smoke and honey and flavors of apples, dried fruit, and nuts. Creamy and crisp, it finishes clean and bright. Perfect pairing with almonds and walnuts to begin the meal. $30 range.
Juvé y Camps Pinot Noir Cava
100% pinot noir, this pretty pink sparkler has notes of strawberry, warm bread and rose petals. Very fruit forward and a bit too much minerality for my taste, but I’ve heard great reviews about it from others who drink a lot of Cava. Fine bubbles and a long, creamy finish. $17 range
2014 Vega Sindoa ~ El Chaparral (Old Vines)
This was my favorite red in the tasting because it had notes of raspberry at the beginning that remind my of Pinot Noir.
Notes from Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar: Although the Valley of Valdizarbe has always been considered one of the best areas of production in Navarra and viticulture there is centuries-old, it almost disappeared due to the depressed prices of grapes and extreme weather conditions. This winery is one of the first to bring the vineyards back to the valley by the hands of an energetic winemaker, Concha Vecino. This is a wine made from old vine Garnacha, between 70 & 100+ years old, from 40 parcels on the hills that surround Añorbe. Floral qualities add complexity to the nose and fade into the red berry aromas, which continue on the palate. The wine has terrific body, good acidity and underlying, earthy minerality. Aged in French oak for nine months. ~ 91 points Robert Parker $16 – $20 range.
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