Tag: Spain

Bodegas Juan Gil Blue Label 2016, Jumilla, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Pronounce nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices, mocha, vegetables, leather and peppercorn.

Long spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

A beautiful Monastrell blend from the house of Juan Gil. Showing nice complexity and balance with a great mouthfeel. Big bold and grippy.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

I love anything Gil makes, and this is a delicious example.

Still young and could use a few more years in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely.

I paired it with Brie cheese, almonds and crackers.

A blend of 60% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. Aged separately for 18 months in French and American oak barrels.

16.5% alcohol by volume (watch out)

92 points.

$32.

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Federico Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva 2008, Spain

This is a very enjoyable red Rioja.
Showing black and red fruits with earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, leather, cedar, leather and vanilla.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with with great complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and pickled vegetables.

Nicely aged and peaking now. Nice and engaging.

A blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. Aged for 24 in American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

Bitch Bubbly Sparkling Non Vintage, Spain 89

Dark salmon in color with light intensity.

Light nose of strawberries and citrus with small bubbles.

Sweet and fruity on the palate with raspberries, sweet strawberries, citrus, lemons and apples.

Medium finish with sweet raspberries.

What a fun sparkling Rosé from Spain this is. Sweet and bubbly and Great for parties.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, by the porch or pool.

I took it to an afternoon party, and it was a big hit. Everyone at the party loved it.

A blend of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Grenache.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

11% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$13.

Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego 2016, Spain

Light red in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose of cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light vanilla, spices, alcohol, licorice and black pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, light vegetables, chocolates and earth.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Spanish Grenache is drinking very nicely as a youngster. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and mild complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.

I paired it with a gorgeous day and of course, some cheeses 😊

15.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$10.

Juan Gil Monastrell Silver Label 2015 Jumilla, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, wood, earth, chocolates, coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and spices.

This is a great Monastrell from Jumilla, Spain. Always enjoyable by itself or with food. Fruity and spicy with a touch of earth notes.

Well balanced with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Very fruity right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

I paired it with Spanish tapas. Has high alcohol so watch out… 😃

Aged in French oak barrels.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$13.

Celler de Capçanes Peraj Ha’ abib Flor de Primavera Pinot Noir 2015 Catalonia, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, plums, cola, earth, wood, vanilla, licorice, barnyard, cloves, vegetables, spices, red candy, wet leaves, leather, dark chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, raspberries, cola, blueberries, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, bitter herbs, vegetables, pencil lead and river rocks.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins, spices and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Pinot Noir from Spain. Not fully balanced, but enjoyable nonetheless. Showing nice complexity with a spicy mouthfeel.

An above average red wine. Drinking nicely now and will in the next 2 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 90 minutes in a decanter.

A good food wine that I paired with a few cheeses. Paired really well with the brie cheese.

100% Pinot Noir. Kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$27.

Tierra de Castilla Pablo de Victoria Roble Syrah 2016, Spain

Deep purple in color, almost black, with a wide purplish rim.

Strong and fruity nose of black currants, black plums, cherries, light wood, leather, earth, barnyard, alcohol, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, light vegetables, and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, spices, dark chocolates, earth, pencil lead, light vegetables, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an enjoyable Syrah from Spain. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy on the ending.

Feels like a blend of Old World and new world Syrah. Reminds me of a Syrah from Washington State.

Needs 1 hour to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% organic Syrah grapes aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.