TASTE WITH LUIS MOYA
We have invited our friend, passionate winemaker and importer Luis Moya to pour some of his wines for you. Luis will guild you through a series of wines, each perfect for a romantic weekend or just about any night of the week.
Urbanite Cellars Caliberico Verdelho Lodi 2012
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LODI / Varietal(s): VERDELHO --- Luis Moya’s Caliberico label pays homage to the traditional wines made in Spain and Portugal and uses indigenous varietals found in those countries. He makes two single varietal white wines under this label: albariño and verdelho, the traditional grape of the island of Madeira. For his 2012 Caliberico verdelho, the grapes are sourced from the Suisun Valley AVA. After fermenting with native yeasts in an egg-shaped concrete vat, it then spends 7 months in a combination of stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak barrels. Expressive and textured, it displays lovely notes of citrus and melon with floral overtones. Try this as an aperitif or with marinated vegetables or fried appetizers such as croquete de bacalhau (salt codfish croquettes).
Urbanite Cellars Caliberico Red California 2012
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+CARIGNAN+GRACIANO --- Made with the three traditional blending grapes of Rioja, fermented with wild yeast, and aged in neutral French oak, Caliberico Red is light garnet in color, with bright acidity. Lean minerals mix with tart cranberry and ripe berry flavors, with a hint of smoky oak. Tempranillo and carignan provide the texture and balanced acidity, while the graciano adds weight and tannin to the finish. Serve this as the Spanish do: with cured meats like chorizo and Serrano ham, or grilled lamb chops with paprika spiced potatoes.
Bodega y Viñedos Estancia Piedra Azul Toro DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEON / Appellation: TORO DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- The Tinta de Toro region is a bit of a "sleeper region" in Spain, lesser known than areas like Ribera del Duero, and closer to the Portugese border (and the ocean.) Due to its high elevation and cooler climate, this area ripens two weeks earlier than inland regions such as Ribera del Duero. Tempranillo grown here develops much thicker skins than elsewhere, resulting in the deepest color and most robust expression of flavor possible. Piedra holds the largest parcel of old vines in the Toro DO, planted in 1968. Dark purple-tinged cherry in color, a nose of raspberry, mulberry, and cranberry is appealingly accented with mineral and balsamic touches. Full bodied and aged in stainless steel, the pure deep fruit character comes through on the palate, with more red fruit, meaty notes, and sweet tannins on a well-structured finish. A great choice for warming, cold weather dinners.
Bodega y Viñedos Estancia Piedra Roja Toro DO 2012
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEON / Appellation: TORO DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- The more muscular cousin of the Azul, one year of oak aging makes this robust and complex on the palate, with ripe red fruit complemented by notes of spice. Refreshing acidity, sturdy tannins, and an aromatic, lengthy finish make this a perfect wine for hearty stews and frigid weather!
TASTE WITH LUIS MOYA