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Señorío de Sobral Albariño Rias Baixas 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Proprietor Alberto Lago’s family has been committed to making wines from the albariño grape for over a century. The winery itself is located in the subzone of Condado do Tea, along the shores of the Miño river, in a 15th century castle which once belonged to the Horsemen of Malta. This area has a unique microclimate with soils of clay and river stones which both help retain moisture and warmth, influencing an expression of albariño that is like summer breeze in a glass. Pleasant citrus and mineral notes give way to smooth, balanced texture and a long finish. Just a slight chill on this wine really complements the delicate aromatics. I’ve never seen an oyster beg to be eaten, but I’m sure it wouldn’t mind being slurped down with this bottle.
Cellar Rendé Masdéu El Follet Syrah Rosé 2016 – ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: PENEDÈS / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERÀ DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- The Rendé family has some serious winemaking credentials with history in southern Penedès traceable to 1604. And it’s still a family affair. Brothers Rendé Masdéu, Josep Maria and Joan decided to modernize the winery in 1991 with major infrastructure improvements and renewed focus on wines of quality. “El Follet,” made of 100% organically grown syrah has an enticing ruby color and is packed with ripe and juicy strawberry and cherry aromas backed with floral and tropical undertones – less “summer breeze” and more “summer lovin’”. This is gulpable on the porch or in the park, and ready for Spanish-style garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo) and fried potatoes with smoked paprika aioli (patatas bravas).
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 produce 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 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.
Señorío de Villarrica Rioja DOCa Reserva 2011
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- Villarrica’s Reserva bottling uses grapes from two vineyards with vines planted in 1970 and 1950. The fruit from these mature vines gets fermented in stainless steel, then transferred to French and American oak barrels where it spends the next 24 months developing complexity and textural maturity. Released after another 12 months in bottle, this Reserva delivers subtle fruit and umami-rich flavors that are ready to be partnered with a plate of awesome mature cheeses: Manchego Curado, Mahón Curado, and smoked Idiazabal to name a few!