TASTE SENSATIONAL SPANISH & CHILEAN SIPPERS WITH IMPORTER LUIS MOYA
Señorío de Villarrica Rioja DOCa Crianza 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- The mid-1800s marks the genesis of Señorío de Villarrica, when the great-grandfathers of the current proprietors planted their first vines in San Asensio. Maternal grandfather Pablo was one of the first farmers to purchase a tractor in Rioja, while paternal grandfather built a winery and worked to replace the traditional wineskins with bottles. Father Florentino built another winery, expanding production and focusing on quality. It was Florentino who first began bottling wines with “crianza” (two year) and “reserva” (three year) age designations. Presently, brothers Pablo, Rodolfo, Ismael and José Miguel run the winery and vineyards. Villarrica is lucky to have inherited many old vineyards, where all the grapes are handpicked. The grape must destined to become their crianza is first fermented in stainless steel then transferred to mixed French and American oak barrels where it will spend 14 months aging, the wood imparting textual and aromatic nuances. The wine spends at least another six months in bottle and is released only when the brothers think it is ready. Once out of the bottle, powerful wild berry aromas flow freely with caramel notes from the oak aging. Silky tannins make this a pleasure to drink now with grilled lamb or barbeque pork buns.
Bancales dos Mosteiros Mencía Ribeira Sacra DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRA SACRA DO/ Varietal(s): MENCIA --- This family winery is now in its fourth generation, helmed by sisters Marta and Carmen Castro. Marta is the winemaker, while Carmen handles the administration of the estate. The striking label is an homage to the Gothic architecture of the region. Equally dramatic is the landscape – granite hillside vineyards so steep that a fall would almost certainly prove fatal! While not very hospitable to humans, the mencía grape finds these conditions quite favorable, as a taste of this cuvée will prove! Spicy, dark fruit on a medium-bodied frame is supported by dusty tannins and food-friendly acidity. A classic savory finish with light granite minerality adds complexity and makes this a great quaff with potato tortilla with bacon, shallots, and truffle oil!
Valdivieso Cabernet Sauvignon Valle del Maipo DO Single Vineyard 2013
Country: CHILE / Region: MAIPO VALLEY / Appellation: VALLE DEL MAIPO DO / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Viña Valdivieso was founded in 1879 by Alberto Valdivieso and owned since the mid 1900s by the Mitjans family. New Zealand native Brett Jackson has been the chief winemaker since 2001, contributing in part to the winery's success. This single vineyard cabernet comes from the Chada vineyard in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's best regions for producing exemplary cabernet sauvignon. The warm summers and moderate fall temperatures of the region help the grapes develop optimal ripeness with mature, refined tannins. After harvest and vinification, the wine was aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, of which 35% were new oak. Lovely dense dark red and black berry fruit displays accents of savory green bell pepper and hints of spicy chocolate on the finish. Fantastic with mole poblano!
Indret Priorat DOQ La Morera de Montsant 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PRIORAT DOQ / Varietal(s): GARNACHA+CARINENA+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- This family-owned estate was founded in 1996 by Josep Gomez and his wife Teresa. Located at the highest elevation in Priorat (approximately 900 feet), the dry-farmed grapes here ripen much later than anywhere else, resulting in a mid-October harvest. The entire process is done in sustainable fashion, with organic certification pending. Estate-bottled, from the "Barranc de la Bruixa" vineyard, fermentation takes place in concrete, with 15% of the wine then aged for 5-6 months in oak barrels.This "gentle giant" is a more elegant take on Priorat than many others from the region. Food-friendly, with palate-cleansing freshness, spicy, savory dark fruit, and broad, lingering tannins, this is great with braised rabbit with olives and herbs.