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Ham & bechamel croquettes (3)
Marinated fried haddock
Veal sweetbreads, oloroso splash
Saffron salt-cod balls (4)
Fresh fried squid
2 thick goat cheese toasts
Anchovies & olives
Pan-fried stuffed piquillo peppers (3)
Spicy Canary Island potatoes
Crispy griddled pigs' ears
One dozen oysters; sherry vinegar mignonette; ($2 at the bar, from 5-7pm)
Local hake & mussels; saffrom fish stock
Squid ink, squid, saffron shellfish stock
Spanish mixed salad
Cured ham from Iberian pigs
Cured Iberian chorizo, salchichón, lomo; pan tumaquet
5 cheeses imported from Spain, marcona almonds, membrillo
Moorish-spiced pork skewers
Spicy garlic shrimp
Octopus a la gallega
Local clams, spicy chorizo, wine
Local mushrooms, duck egg, garlic
Spinach, pine nuts, raisins
Local Swiss chard sautéed with jamón ibérico bits and garlic
Fava beans with smoked bacon & mint
Eggplant, cheese, saffron-honey
Pastured beef meatballs, Madrid style
Lamb rack, grilled, with Norwiss fries splashed with garlic & vinegar
Roasted 1/2 free-range chicken, little potatoes, jus
Grilled adobo pork loin, fried free-range eggs, Norwiss fries
River Rock Farm sirloin, Little Leaf salad, Norwis fries
Milk caramel custard
5 imported cheeses, marcona almonds, membrillo
Vanilla cream pudding, Maria cookie, cinnamon
Basque compote of dried apricots, cherries, & prunes simmered in red wine with orange zest & cinnamon; crema
House-made dark chocolate truffles, organic EVOO, cocoa, sea salt
Tintilla de rota
Alma de Trabanco
Balvenie 14 yr
Dark sherry, red vermouth
Sweet sherry, dry sherry, egg yolk
Dry Oloroso, creme de cacao, mezcal, Pedro Ximenez, cream, olive oil, smoked salt
Dry oloroso, Manzanilla Pasada, East India Solera, cask-aged rum, orange bitters
Manzanilla, Ginbraltar gin, cornichon-stuffed gordal olive, lemon
Xoriguer gin, Fever-Tree tonic, rosemary, orange peel
Create Spanish G&T of the week, fun garnish
Oaxacan rum, Batavia Arrack, lime,cucumber bitters, pimentón-sumac salt rim
Plantation dark rum, Oloroso, Benedictine, smoked rosemary-lime syrup, lemon juice
Mezcal or tequila, fresh lime, Demerara sugar, spice
Nordés gin, lemon juice, Manzanilla, chamomile syrup, cava
Vodka, Fino, lime juice, muddled sugar snap peas, mint
Bourbon, Palo Cortado, East India Solera Oloroso, walnut bitters
Barr Hill gin, lavender infused honey, lemon
Featuring El Maestro Sierra; Capataza Ana Cabestrero; Fino EMS, Amontillado 12 años EMS, Oloroso 12 años EMS, Pedro Ximénez EMS
Infantes Orleans Borbón
Lustau/Jose Luis Gonzalez Obregón
Bing cherry, dark plum, cedar
Supple, joyous blue and red fruits; vivid clarity
Old world dark cherry, toast, and Mediterranean sun
Dark plum, violet & heather, tannic juniper
Vivacious black & red fruits: bouncy & chilled
Apple-blossoms and whisper-light, refreshment
Passion fruit & lime zest; mellifluous & bright
Citric & granitic; sea bean & maracuya
Waiting for springtime to bring us new pink wines!
Manzanilla Orleans Borbon, Manzanilla Pasada La Goya, Oloroso Don Nuño, East India Solera
The requisite bracing tang has an aura of sultry smokiness about it. Light on the palate but impossibly deep and provocative. A classic with remarkable value
Rich aromas of sourdough bread, shot through with lemon, caper, and chamomile. Complex, toothsome!
A fresh young thing shimmering with chamomile and green almond. Only 3 years old, she's still round with a fresh fruit quality you don't find in older manzanillas. Giving, supple, floral, and delectable
Aromas of wet sand, fresh almond, & light flowers. Finely wrought, ethereal, with salty, citrusy vibrance
A sultry lemon tang, a a flirtatious squirt of clam, a breathy mermaid kiss. Irresistible, quenching
Almost clear, but swimming with seashell offerings. Bristling, complex, and elegant refreshment
From a single vineyard in the uber chalky Maina vineyard comes Maruja. Juan nurtures his flor for an astounding 8 years to create a manzanilla perfumed with cornichon, acorn, iron, & dried apple. Lean & long!
Bright & wild like a Himalayan salt nugget. Shiny & toothsome, with clamshell notes. Regal!
A manzanilla of substance from the Barrio Bajo where the air is sultry and oceanic. Rich-textured with a distinct tattoo of acidity; white pepper, dried flowers, kelp and gold notes deep within. Old-school great!
An exquisite manzanilla, with aromas of seaweed and preserved lemon. Named after a gypsy barkeep, the wine is elegant, shows light fruit notes, and is the tangiest and driest of delights
Light but persistent aromas of salt box, bitter almond, & lees. Elegant sea-spray in the mouth. Iridescent like a fish scale! Quietly powerful and always perfect
A more voluptuous style of manzanilla; curvy, yet chiseled. Almond, chamomile, meyer lemon, grapes, daisy & tang
This 8 year old manzanilla is like a daring dance: the chamomile blossoms seduce the almonds who tease the daisies who twirl the sea urchins who shimmy for the fossils. Chests heaving with the energy
A seven year-old manzanilla, selected and raised with love & precision. The yeasty funk is proud; the bristling acidity is undaunted by the slight oxidation. Intriguing, sultry
Deeply layered, full of shrouds and secrets. Soft yeasts, plump olives, sharp salt, tart lemon, lush chamomile, and great tension. The flor dies off naturally here, creating a sexy, golden manzanilla
Stones slick with sea - or mermaid sweat. Remarkably pale. Smoke, tang, grace, & kelp. Old, wise, and brimming with stories
From an old solera,this manzanilla glows with antiquity. Lemon, aldehydes, white pepper, toasted almond, fresh apple and above all chamomile Much fresher in the mouth than you'd expect, with vivacity and nerve bundled in a mellow swath of linen shot though with gold threads. Forsythia and clover blossoms
Dizzingly complex, with spent orange flowers, birch, lemon zest. Toasted acorns like our hunter-gatherer forebears made. (Mine did anyway). Bright, attractive, expensive, worth it
Daisy and bronze-scented, Blanquito is energetic and charged with a sea-force. Notes of green tea, chamomile, white pepper, and iodide. Complex and very mature at ten years of age!
5 years in solera, Tio Pepe is a classic. A briny nose, with spunky notes of petrol, fresh almond, and rich olive oil. Dry, robust, & fun
Yeast, dandelions, hickory stick, shortbread. Post-rain hay, bread dough, and a lemon storm. "Filtered only enough to remove fruit flies."
Unique - the base wine is actually fermented in (very) old oak barrels, and the solera is 10 years. Lemon-pepper tang, with notes of bee pollen, apple, & braised celery. Incredibly complex - apple, almond, & olives
The signature petrol style of Lustau's finos is in full luster here, in this closer-to-the-sea expression. Olive oil, almonds, & caper shine on this full-bodied aperitivo. A whiff of smoke and another of wet sand delight
Classic and satisfying, it offers a full-bodied splash of sourdough, fresh sawdust, lemon zest, and olive brine. Long, shiny, and tense
César boasts of vineyards just 40 meters from the sea! Aromas of salty rocks and fermenting apple skins. Spectacularly fresh, yet fossilly. Tightly acidic with blossoms of beach rose and oyster shell. Astoundingly good!
An intense fino experience for the experienced fino drinker. 5 years under flor, the wine is bold, nutty, broody, autolytic, & superb. Notes of jamón bone, olives, & quince. Unfiltered and hand racked
Fresh brazil nuts, ume plum, and salted lemon. Tantalizingly complex - brass, marcona, birch, acorn, saffron... Deep yet delicate in the mouth. Selected and cared for like an heir apparent. Aging majestically
12 years old, unfiltered, and precious, like highly polished gold. Iodine, daffodil, truffle salt. Resplendent
Evolving gracefully into amontillado. Bristling ripe quince eases into a nutty, custardy finish.Sublime depth; exceptional character
Wild, so wild, with a whisper of coriander and another of green cactus. Nervy tension winds itself around an iodine and peanut core, with fennel fronds and a new penny note. Frighteningly alive, like a sea creature
Taken from 1st and 2nd criaderas rather than the fully-mature solera level, this fresh and sassy fino is the white tablecloth version of the unmarked bottles that get plunked on the wooden table at a fried fish fest in Jerez. It brings an almond flower-scented breeze and a juicy splash of pear to your palate. A unique study in fino!
An 8+ year old fino raised meticulously, and made from grapes grown in the superior Pago Añina. The chalk is palpable in the nice, even though the gloriously oxidized notes of butterscotch and cashew. Bone dry, of course, and intriguingly umami-laden. Vinous and vibrant, it feels like a snapshot of 100 years, with persistent sensations of spice and virtuosity. The grapes are harvested with higher ABV to allow for less fortification
A bronzy, profound fino that takes the genre to the next level. Redolent of almond and daisy, bursting with lemon and lees
A meticulous selection of 8 yr old fino from 3 casks of the Tio Pepe solera with miraculously vigorous flor. Toasted marcona almond, exotic yeast, ghee, seaweed from a tako su bowl
10 yr old fino-amontillado, where only the most vigorous flor can live, is magical. Oxidative yet still bright gold, Tres Palmas is that nameless land between fino & amontillado. A nutty, smutty, seductive miracle from one cask
Almost an amontillado, selected from ONE cask with flor in its very death throes, within a 51 yr old solera, Singing with citrus acidity, the wine is balanced, beautiful, salty, bitter. An impossible yet brilliant life-form!
A light and lean Siamese cat, La Garrocha bears the tidal pool stamp of El Puerto. Broody, nutty, spirited
Way too spirited to be pinned down, Zuleta is a delicate and sunlight-filled amontillado with raw hazelnut, milkweed, and hakurei turnip notes. Vivacious and pretty like all the manzanill-derrived amontillados!
César's windswept bodega allows for an indomitable freshness, and the fino origins are readily traceable here. Barely bitter, slightly saline, and a tad toasty; ringing with citrus-tinged nut-laden energy
A lighter style of amontillado, and one that recalls its fino origins with grace. Hazelnuts, brioche, assam tea, and burnt orange peel
A classic example of tangy yet serious amontillado. Raw walnut, lemon conserve, and notes of fine brandy
A bright, riveting amontillado, redolent of yesterday's fino & Seville orange. The flavor of Brazil nuts, both the rich & the bitter, feel warm on the tongue, and a glossy texture rounds out this focused and fine wine
Richly burnished by its 15 years in cask. Beautiful chestnut, iodine, dried apricot, bitter toffee
This savory, nutty sherry, whose cradle was the famed La Gitana solera, is alert with orange-tinged tension and rich with slow-roasted hazelnuts. Full-bodied and teeming with emotion
Sexy aromas of toasted almond, chocolate, and nutmeg. Silky in the mouth, with pecan, bitter orange, and a remote note of truffle. Burnt sugar and butter on the finish. A touch of PX for sweet fun
Pale Amber. Enticing, tangy aromas Almond, both fresh and roasted. The finish is intense, almost brandy-like, and lasts beautifully on the palate
Powerful aromas of toasted cashew and dried maple leaves. Made from 100% PX grapes, this amontillado is plush and sleek in texture (never fortified!) and profoundly bitter. Notes of apricot and brazil nut
Flan, caramelized orange zest, and dates are sun-splashed with acidity. Off-dry and divine, supremely elegant after 30 years in solera, with notes of hazelnuts and lovely glycerine
The arresting aromas of orange peel and shiitake alert you to the venerable amber liquid within. It is rich with the barest hint of sweetness with a voluptuous buttery quality on the mid palate that gives way to the broody bitterness that all the old sherries bear. Long, complex finish that will complete the seduction
A sleek, feline amontillado, with manzanilla roots in tact. Full yet fine, with bitter edges & a silky center. Long, graceful, and utterly astounding
Cashew and kombu in the nose, with undulating layers of lemon, salt, lightly toasted hazelnut, a kiss of umami and a drop of bitter caramel
High-toned and taut, with iodine notes revealing a long life as a robust fino. Dry & salt-tinged; satiny & rich. All the caramel notes register bitter, not sweet. A force of smoothness on your tongue
The aromas of smoke, brine, and golden raisin are powerful yet elegant. Incredibly complex, this old sherry is still lively with nervy citrus zest but profound with its layers of roasted nutmeats. The texture is both glossy & edgy. Sexy and sublime, with an incredibly long finish. From a 184 year old solera!!
The truly old specimens are bitter and sleek. This one is mind-bindingly so. Hazelnut, miso, praline, and white truffle weave a dream of time travel - each layer is a complex decade of tales. Sublime
The color is dark amber, alive with reddish glints. Toffee aromas arise. This silky, intense sherry is redolent of tangerine and toasted pecan. A heady libation that finishes with vanilla and a hint of coffee
A lean and sinewy style of palo cortado, with shimmering notes of fish scale and roasted brazil nut. Built like a sprinter
Smokey aromas of brioche toast and street-vendor chestnuts. Powerful and dry, with brown sugar and orange zest notes
Tart and nutty, this old and unusual palo cortado is dry, funky, lemony, and profound. The oxidative notes guard old stories, and a whiff of rye is tantalizing
Made from manzanilla, with passion. Wild stony & yeasty notes are buried in the heart of the rich nuts and spicy wood. The finish is so very long and sensual, you will become utterly distracted
Powerful and broody, swarthy, sexy, and muscular. Hazelnuts, burnt orange, cocoa nibs
Finely carved from mahogany and a vanilla bean, one would think, but actually born of one of the most popular and perfect manzanillas, La Gitana. This palo cortado spent 20+ years in the venerable solera, and her alluring perfume of salty-bitter-slightly sweet candied pecans is magical. Taut and sinewy in the mouth, with ripple after ripple of coffee bean, orange zest, carob, jamón
The aromas of espresso, caramel, fig, bacon, & milk chocolate are intoxicating, then the rich, slightly sweet nectar unfolds on the palate with ripples of lemon, butter, and brown sugar on toast. Hopelessly addictive
Vanilla bean, & brioche aromas. White cherry acidity balances the darker dried apricot and toasted pecan richness. Magically light, yet dramatic in nature. Bright & beautifully bitter
Sophisticated, deep, strong. The softness of plump figs is contrasted by the firmness of tea tannins. Completely dry, with bitter burnt sugar notes that delight the senses. Nurtured for 50 years in solera - long life, long finish, long on pleasure
Like a a piece of amber that glows from within, Bota 75 has its own light whose origin is old and miraculous. With the warmth of warm pecans and the acidity of Seville oranges, this beautiful sherry feels eternal on the tongue. Balsamic aromas, beautifully bitter notes, and toasted dark rye bread flavors are all polished to a high veneer like antique furniture in a museum. The perfect brown libation
Taking sublime to a whole new level, Osborne created this gem from a 1790 solera! Everlasting layers of roasted black walnut, coffee with cajeta, cocoa nibs, browned butter, and goddess blessings
Pecans hellbent on bathing in butter and brown sugar start off this maelstrom of splendid flavors of old: gleaming antique furniture, supple leather, iodine, cacao nibs, dried pineapple, sun-warmed herbs
A summery expression of oloroso - cotton not cashmere. Lightly toasted walnut, hard-bound book, flan sauce
A bitter and sexy expression of pecan pie - brown sugar, toasted pecans, and toasted butter. A sapid and sublime expression of oloroso that makes your mouth ache for more. Outstanding!!
A race car of an oloroso, with sleek lines and full-throttle power within. Toasted & salted walnuts, dark & bitter caramel. Supple-textured, with the right amount of flesh and give
Mysterious aromas of sake, mace, caramel apple and dried beach shells. Sanlucar oloroso - salty and light!
Dark walnut with cocoa nibs, old mahogany and strong tea. Taut mouthfeel, with the perfect bitter tang and a wiry charm
Fragrant in a manly way, then dry & robust in the mouth. Roasted chestnuts, dark tea, bitter orange. Handsome!
20 years old, this royal oloroso is dark & reduced, with a rich panoply of fragrances: toffee, black walnut, fig, tea
Medium caramel colored. This buttery smooth sherry is redolent of fresh nutmeg and warm, toasted walnuts. Off-dry, with calamyrna fig notes and the blessing of time. Heavenly!
Truly unique aromas of sourdough, walnut oil, fresh-hewn maple. Utterly dry, yet soft and a bit slippery with its glycerine-rich heft. Bitter in all those wisdom-filled ways of fine old sherry; pulsating with light & shadow
Reductive aromas, sleek as a mink, nutty and rich. While the younger Maestro Sierra wines are attractively lean, these older specimens are supple and feminine. 50 - 60 years old, indescribably smooth, and lightly spirited with glints of acidity. Spectacularly long finish. Only 14 botas in the solera - rare indeed!!
With all the nerve of manzanilla, but evolved into an elixir dark, savory, and sublime. Roasted black walnut, light-roast coffee beans, smoked thyme, dried currants, and the aristocratic bitterness requisite in old oloroso
Bitter almond, rich maple candy, and the unmistakeable tang of Hidalgo's manzanilla energy. Slippery, sexy, sweet
Nuanced aromas of tea, apricot, & orange. Sweet, with toasted hazelnuts, caramel, & vanilla bean. Subtle acidity balances the richness. Long and elegant, this Pedro Ximénez-enriched oloroso is a wonderful way to stoke the appetite or end a meal sensually
A warm and thick glow emanates from this dark glass, oozing raisins, dates, cream, coffee, and decadence. Ripples of sweet pleasure - carob, candied almonds, and bourbon
A sexy tight-rope walker who strikes the perfect balance between dry and sweet, supple and lean, approachable yet profound. Roasted walnuts, dark maple, caraway, toasted hops, orange
Treacly dark decadence for your robust cheeses! A lovely weight and a rich cornucopia of dried fruits are engaging
Regal mahogany with expensive dates and molasses aromas. Seductive prune and fig flavors in the mouth. This is a sweet, unctuous, and addictive treasure with depth and character, but a certain grace
Dark and sweet, with dried fig, espresso, and burnt sugar ice cream. Dreamily delightful and richly decadence!
A lemonspiked fig cloud will own your senses for a while...Caramel, dates, candied orange peel, and roasted cashew will finish you off. Superbly sweet, but still elegant
Sexy and mysterious ancho chile and chipotle aromas with notes of espresso, vanilla bean, toasted pecans, cocoa nib, bourbon
An orchard of citrus flowers dripping with honey in the nose, a cup of apricot-laced nectar in the mouth. The moscatel grape warbles with pleasure and beauty here, despite years in dark, old oak
A jumpy bouquet of lilies, lemons, and apricots. You'll feel like a bee, happy and engulfed in a thick, sunny nectar. Sweet, but completely balanced by the taut fruit acidity that dazzles its way through the rich juice. Pure and innocent
A bold and brave producer whose energy is borne out in his wines! The traditional grapes, xarel-lo, macabeu, and parellada, are grown in clay on limestone near a forest that keeps things cool, so the acidity is delightful. The wine is incredibly fresh and floral in the nose, with brilliant minerality. The fruit is elegant in this dazzlingly clean sparkling wine
A bit of monastrell is added to the xarel-lo, macabeu, and parellada blend, lending an elegant hue, a layer of complexity, and a distinctly Mediterranean whisper of ripe fruit. Ginger notes interlink with roses and autolytic funk on the nose. Incredibly compelling! Clean and bright in the mouth, with a profoundly vinous quality. Dry, deep, and divine!
Grace and beauty in the form of bubbles - enough to make you a reverent soul. There is a choir of acidity reminiscent of champagne, but also the earthly presence of rocks we love in cava. Medium-bodied and layered with fresh almond, ripe apple, golden raspberry, and your cup runneth over with such persistent and fine foam
The most sterling example of minerality finding its way from rocks to palate. A miraculous show of tight bubbles, this vin gris made from native varietals Xarel·lo vermell, Bastarda Negre and Sumoll is a structured but supremely elegant sparkling wine. It hails from the single vineyard Vinya Més Alta, the highest and rockiest on the property. Alive with citrus and profound with autolytic notes of toasted meringue. Fine, long, provocative
Bold and bone dry, this sparkling wine is a unique specimen with ashy notes underneath a bushel of raspberry and a long curly strip of red apple skin. The bubbles are full of life and drama - an applause and a rainstorm. The finish is broad and bracing, and reminds your palate that the Listan Negro grapes were indeed grown in volcanic soil!
The elegance resonates in the bubbles as they taunt you with the aromas of Spanish fruits - nísperos, figs, white nectarines. In the mouth the minerals glitter and shimmer under their lacy veil of lees. Full yet pretty, this cava loves food and conversation. Enjoy the long, lingering finish where rain, apple skin and yeast weave seamlessly
The hue is vivid cherry, with a hint of orange. Subtly fragrant with flowers, raspberries, and butterscotch. This cava is a true wine experience, full-bodied and deep, with a crowning of excited sea foam. Notes of apple, hickory, and crystalized ginger. Autolysis whispers, strawberries caress, and white pepper surprises. Earth and stones show up on the finish of this tannic, crisp cava
The nose is gently floral and subtly yeasty with notes of almond and apricot. Layered and complex in the mouth, with ginger and fresh berries speaking louder than the lees. Toast and fancy marmalade comes to mind. It is a clean mysterious wine, and finishes like an ebbing tide of fine foam and sexy brininess. Like an El Bulli creation of oyster with a spun caramel shell
Split leaps of aromas, vibrant and broad. A huge and wonderful mouth-feel follows, with quince, apples, and yeast dancing in the foreground against a smokey, nutty, backdrop. Taut and purposeful like jazz hands, with ginger and sea-foam tulle. Their 100 year-old solera, aged in chestnut and oak, is apparent in the depth and complexity of this beautiful cava
A dazzling show of pale pink bubbles. Crisp, clean, and fraught with mineral tension, this complex sparkler is both refreshing and respectable. Light toast notes, piquant pink peppercorn, and a spray of meadow flowers bring energy to your party
Blind taste this gorgeous, supremely elegant cava with champagne any day and be stunned. Ethereal in texture, with tiny but potent bubbles, the wine offers a stunning experience for the palate. The citrus notes are crystalline and perfectly complement the sapid umami qualities of autolysis. What a splendid surprise!!!
Invigorating aromas of wet steel and tart apple, with elements of yeast and olive. This true-to-terroir wine dances in a light, vivacious way on the tongue, flaunting its crisp, balanced self. Notes of white pepper and lemon thyme are bright. A teasing kiss of unripe pineapple lingers... The coolness of Galicia!
Made with the native grape variety prensal, this flower of a wine is fragrant with lilies, jasmine, and a hint of white peach. The texture is plush and pretty with glycerine, but there is a firm and exciting base of slate and chalk minerality. A graceful dance of light fruits such as melon, pear, and lychee plays out
Pure, sexy, passion fruit, focused and riveting. Angel Garcia can claim the oldest known vine of verdejo on his property, and he replants with cuttings from this "madre". Fresh and true to terroir, his wine is redolent of orange blossom and pillowed with glycerine. The daddy of all verdejos!
This 100% treixadura is one fine bottle of profound fragrance and pillowy textures. Like pussy willows in spring and honeysuckle in the summer, The Flower and the Bee shows up soft and dewy, with a myriad of tropical notes. The finish is dry with a tannic edge from those cool-climate grape skins
A charming wine full of juice and bounce made from Dona Branca and godello grapes by progressive young winemakers. The fruit is at once giving and taut, an offering of kinetic ripeness and balance. Sicilian orange, lily of the valley, meringue, and joyful cartwheels Eager and ready for anything!
100% albarin grapes, a nearly forgotten varietal, shine here, under the graceful hand of Noelia Paz. The texture is richly woven, like a fine linen in brilliant colors. Beeswax and fennel seed notes complement the ripe white fruits - peach, raspberry, cherimoya. A field day for your tongue; a balm for your brain
Pear and cider aromas promise refreshment, but the jubilee of spice and tropicalia in the mouth is as surprising as it is exciting. Cardamom, coriander, and lychee are just part of the piquant profile. Beautifully concentrated, this boundless white is deeply complex and makes your mouth water. Orange and almond blossom fragrance on the finish
Forastera blanca. A limpid volcanic pool of clear-headed aromas such as kumquat, fir, and ground cherry shimmer. The hint of saline reminds us of island culture; the crystalline character of the wine reiterates the clean perfection of Nature. Texturally complex and tropically wonderful!
The heady aromas of lychee and pineapple are laced with white lily. In the mouth, the wine is supple and smooth with a candied lemon peel center. Brilliant, soft and refreshing
100% godello grapes, estatefarmed, biodynamically. What a classy wine! Fine-chiseled features, with pear and green plum notes. The wine spent 35 days on the lees after a native yeast fermentation in conical tanks. The texture is supple and an exquisite lemony energy runs through the wine. Fleshy on the palate with a dry and mineral finish
What's better than a bottle of fresh and bouncy white wine that's made from organically grown macabeo and garnacha blanca grapes and also utterly delicious? Well, a liter bottle, of course! Floral, vibrant, and richly textured, this lovable white smells of meadows and apples. She'll make your night
What a sexy texture - if sexture isn't a word, it should be and this wine coined it. The aromatics offer gardenia and tiny pineapples from far off places, but the sensation on the palate will reel you in and have you reeling. Smooth ribbons of liquid silk bring you to a cotillion of color. Taffeta everywhere. The weight of this godello - albariñotreixadura blend is at once soft but impactful, with notes of spice embedded in the creaminess
The essence of elite tropicalia sing to your senses. The progression is stunning: aromas of dewy flowers lead to a clean but fruity mouthfeel that then broadens to a bone dry minerality on the back palate. The wine is so very engaging and unique, with the lovely contrast of ripe fruit and volcanic minerals
High-altitude and constant cool breezes set this zone apart. Parfum is aptly named: muscat, parellada, and macabeo grapes comprise this natural wine that sings with pear, citrus pith, and white tea, & ginger. Dry and crisp, this spirited wine is low in alcohol and sublimely refreshing
"Obsession" is ethereal and regal, fermented in oak with 5 months on the lees. Aromas of fresh spring forest - fir, birch, fern, things budding with life's potential... Lithe in the mouth, with notes of goat's milk butter, white peach, & kumquat. Winemaker Raul Bobet is a brave, learned pioneer in this high and wild land
Completely riveting, a magical butter cup infused with aromas of lemon curd, ginger peelings, roasted parsnip, pickled almonds, and white cherry. The texture is precious, pillowy and sleek, like well-wrought brocade. Fresh endive and lemon on the endless finish. Telmo Rodriguez (who won't tell me the cepage) coaxed this Riojan white creature to life. Stunning
Peach and passionfruit aromas give way to a rich mouthfeel, with ripe and pillowy fruit. Charged with the fragrance of a summer orchard and lit with citrus. Edged with light notes of tarragon and purslane
Profoundly aromatic with heady spices and perfectly ripened fruit. Jasmine, loquat, pear, and lemon. Bristling minerality, a mouthful of Rias Baixas. Nips of salty brine, a granite edge, and a kettle drum of resounding fruit - passionfruit & pineapple. Beauty & terroir!
A gorgeous melange of apricot and lilies, with tart notes of green apple and tangerine. The granite is clearly visible at the bottom of this slippery nectar pool. A perfect Alice Waters pear comes to mind, as does dry riesling. Made from free-run juice, this albariño is offers a charming, classic prism
Serea means 'mermaid' in Galego, and this graceful, sensual wine is aptly named. Saline and refreshing, Serea is biodynamically farmed, just 10 miles from the mighty Atlantic. Dulse and lemon oil swim playfully with the buoyant mineral notes. Velvety and complex from lees and malo
A charging pony of an albariño, racy with acidity and muscular in body. Ground granite and pointed diamonds leap from the cool pool of lemony, graceful fruit. A tart ribbon candy striped with minerals, pristine rain, hard pear, and moody ocean tones. A marvel, hailing from one of the oldest vineyards in the zone called El Palomar, planted in 1850
Here is an albariño that pulls you into a fantasy plane. Juicy but lean fruit trips prettily down a stony lane to a fairytale lake of gooseberry, saline minerals, and melon cucumber. Brilliant clarity, daring acidity, pulsating edges. Whole cluster fermentation from 35 year old vines
Eladio farms biodynamically, and believes speed is our greatest enemy; hence, the snail. When I take in the aromas of this 'snailbariño' I am transported to a tidal pool, where life teems in the salty puddles and rocks are king. Sea breeze, crab claw, kelp frond, whelk shell - it's all here. Lemon-tinged and dew-kissed, the wine refreshes your beach fantasy - so drink deeply
Yet another study in albariño divinity from Alberto & Silvia. They bottle the very soul of their wind-swept vineyard sites, and this single-parcel wine shows them to be at the pinnacle of their craft. One year of lees aging (in 2, 200 liter old oak) followed by 18 months of bottle aging allows the wine to come into its fully resolved oceanic self while still retaining the hard edges of acid and granite that make great albariños truly riveting. Gooseberry, lemon pith, conch flesh, tomato stem, wet beach boulders
Alberto Nanclares and Sylvia Prieto are masters at eking out exquisitely sculpted wines from his lovingly tended albariño vines, all trained on pergolas just minutes from the sea. The shimmering cleanliness of this wine brings to mind a breeze-rippled lake surface, all tension and motion on the surface with profound peace below. Acidity bright and bracing (no malolactic fermentation) lights up the palate with notes of gooseberry, finger lime, and meyer lemon. Chiseled, age worthy, irresistible and immaculate
From 6 precious parcels comes this startlingly magical wine. The texture is gravity-defyingly light, but with tomes to say about the fossils her old roots found beneath. Chablis lovers will love the firefly flashes of acidity and albariño lovers know that no oak was necessary to complete the diamond perfection of this wasp-waisted wine. Whole cluster fermentation (and no malolactic) adds to the dimension - weightlessly! - of meyer lemon, satsuma tangerine, sea bean, and prehistoric spring
Seductively aromatic - long minutes go by and you still hover over the glass sorting through Rebisacas's mysteries. It's the treixadura within! Lilies of the valley, tart nectarines, gooseberries, star fruit, and honeysuckle tease the nose. Like dew and ocean spray in the mouth. Luscious!
Brine and pine aromas mingle with a hint of papaya. Full-bodied and quite lush, this old-vines albarino is complex and stunning. Not as overtly tropical as some, it is deep like the nearby forest and completely refreshing with its bracing skin-tannin quality. The natural yeasts wink on the considerable finish
This is a smoother, even deeper elixir by Gerardo Mendez, the Father Nature force behind Do Ferreiro, made from old vines. VERY old vines - some are 300 years old, black and swirly vines majestic and mossy. The aromas are rainy, profoundly clean, with notes of flint, fresh pineapple, lemon, and fine lees. In the mouth the texture is a fine, slippery, silky affair, but tiny arrows of acidity dart the edges of your tongue playfully. Peerless among albariños
Single-vineyard albariño magic from the albariño master. So rooted in saline minerals you'll feel like a seahorse. Graced with fresh fruit and drawn with clean, crisp lines, it redefines the genre. Green strawberry, limpet, chervil, granite. and a spritz of lime. Intriguing
60 year-old vines fermented in stainless steel offer up an expression of albariño that is pure and lithe. The texture is silky and fine, with a cool breeze of sea & eucalyptus across balmier notes of kumquat zest and passion fruit. Exquisitely wrought by Raul Perez & Rodri Goliardo
A highly toned - not to mention highly desirable but scarce! - wine, gleaming with beams of acidity and piquant with salty fermented things. Kelp and pineapple are in a purely hedonistic relationship here, and their thrill is palpable. Savory and stunning, with a satin texture
Aged albariño from a cold vintage, with incredible tension between the supple glycerine and the taut arrow of acidity running through. This wine rested peacefully in stainless steel for 10 years, gaining in complexity and mystery. Next vintage will be 2013, which was equally cold and wet. A unique and truly sublime wine that speaks of granite and lime
A stunning wine made with tradition as its theme. No malolactic fermentation means starlit acidity. Elevage in old oak foudres (no temperature control) means a sublime, silken texture. Only native yeasts means a fresh and clean character shining with purity. Orange blossom, kefir lime, and freshly picked apple. Minerals glow throughout and the finish makes your mouth water
Grown just 15 miles from the Atlantic, these very old albariño vines have placed an offering at our feet to be reverent about. Like a goddess mother with endless powers, Muti sends up a sea mist love potion of orange flower water, gardenia, and mussel shells. After all, Muti means mom in German and the power of mothers is indubitable. The softness of the mid-palate is flanked by flickers of lightening rod acidity - a temptress tunnel of supple ripeness and taut lemon lashings. Fresh white fig, oyster liquor, hard nectarine. The the play of sun on fog in a sleepy harbor
A bristling 100% xarel-lo with a character more mineral than fruit! Lovely notes of pear and white peach are subtle, and the sterling power of calcium, wet rocks, and stone dust are what give the wine meaning. Biodynamic
A fresh expression of godello, with hints of beeswax and camomile. The wine is rich from the lees-stirring, but light and refreshing. Plump in the center with summery floral notes, incredibly appealing
Sandra Bravo's project is both tradition-resurrecting and boundary-pushing, and it is a wonder to contemplate. This is the cleanest, most elegant example of young viura I have ever tasted. Gently floral, perfectly ripe, and excruciatingly tempting, this white is a study in purity and elegance. Biodynamically farmed at high-altitudes, windy vineyards, her wine embodies fresh and cool in every way
Mallorca spelled backwards - because Bárbara Mesquida Mora likes to do things "the other way around." Biodynamic, regenerative agriculture and a whole lot of passion make this a stunning, full-bodied white. The premsal blanc enjoys some skin contact and the giró ros sees none; low-intervention winemaking, a hint of natural twang, a burst of starry citrus, a waft of tomato leaves all add up to maravilloso!
A white wine from the land of manzanilla, made from palomino grapes and the graced with the cool, sea breezes that grace the high bluffs where the wine is made and raised. The aromas are of a dew-kissed meadow, all things wild and wonderful. The texture is pretty voluptuous, and bears the varietal-specific chamomile and fresh hay notes. This is a new and exciting genre for Sanlucar, and quite limited
A fresh and bright example of xarel-lo, with glints of quince rind and lemon pith. The 24 hours of skin contact give the wine a respectable weight and a brace of tannins, with beautiful texture overall. Full-bodied and pretty
Traditional grapes are the heroes and the focus of Tomas Llabreu's noble project on this hot and touristy island where foreigners demand the obvious grapes and not the delicious native ones! Moll makes a rich and fragrant wine with notes of endive, acorn, and greengage plum, with delicate flecks of acidity
Save the indigenous grapes!!! Winemaker Tomeu Llabreu takes this very seriously, and calls this particular project Viticultura en Miniature. Giró Ros is a white grape whose skin turns grey or pink when fully ripe, and she's actually the forebear of three of the island's native red grapes (mantonegro, fogoneu, callet). Glowing like rose gold in my glass, this full-bodied white is as dry as the Levant winds careening through the vineyard and as complex as the vast cornucopia of Mallorcan fruit - lemon, fig, apricot, almond. Energetic and riveting!
A heady macedonia of tropical fruit in the nose give way to a balanced and provocatively-textured wine in the mouth. The layers splay out like rich petals, but gain depth from firmer elements such as bay, tarragon, and juniper. Part of these garnatxa blanca grapes are left to macerate four months on the skins in a nod to a historical technique known as brisat, which lends tannins and complexity. The slate minerality shines though a white Priorat with even more definition than in the famed reds, and this one is a natural beauty. Spontaneous yeast fermentation and organic farming for your sipping pleasure!
The aromas of a springtime orchard gently emerge and then blossom into a full-blown act of nasal seduction. The elegance on the palate is like the iridescence of a dragonfly - white peach, sunny lemon, and beach grass. This blend of treixadura, lado, albariño, and torrontes is simply beautiful
This stunning white is a blend of treixadura, godello, and albariño grown in the granite soils of a single vineyard in Ribadavia, and it expresses the lush, almost pillowy character typical of that place. I drink this wine when I want to feel like a bug curled up in a honeysuckle blossom. The sheer breadth of the aromatics is transportive and peace-inducing. Notes of pineapple, calamansi orange, & dewy fern drifting along on a crystalline stream
Complex, fragrant, and RARE Ribeiro. Only 50 cases enter the USA. Emilio is a one-man show (with his amazing wife, of course!) with no desire to grow. Layers, lively and full, unfold on the palate, bringing pear, chamomile, kumquat and lemon. Wild yeasts show up sexy in the lees. His small plot and his supremely elegant wine recall fine white burgundy, only lusher. Sublime!
Techniques cutting edge and old-school marry well in the wine world, and Joan Asens brings this to new levels as he wrings the most elegant wines from his biodynamic vines. This firm white is pear-scented and completely alluring, with soft tannins and a luscious mouth-feel. Fresh cider, paraffin, cherry, and oat straw
This groovy blend of godello, dona blanca, albariño, treixadura, lado, and torrontes is as exotic and manyfaceted as you'd imagine. Forty days of skin contact lend edge and mood, while the light oak presence gives a bit of creamy gravitas. The minerals from the sandy granite and slate earth light up the notes of white lily, crunchy pear, and glossy marcona almond. Puzzlingly delectable!
A curvy expression of viura, kissed all over with feather-light oak. The wine has energy - it pounces with nectarine, lemon peel, apricot. White pepper and almonds on the finish
Ins this warm vintage LDH succeeded in making a white wine that is both refreshing and age worthy. Fresh acorn, tart quince, and dried apricot blossom on the palate, and form the energetic backdrop for all the oxidative notes.. A lemon custard richness with burnished oak notes
An exceptionally broad and juicy expression from a hot vintage, the '03 is exciting in its complexity. Orange, shortbread, and preserved lemon are just part of the fortunate, flavorful ripple effect. Ever-changing in the mouth, with fresh glints of citrus embedded in the voluptuous richness. The finish will start a whole new conversation
Golden and glorious, redolent of dried peach and fresh quince. The mouth feel is pillowy and pure - slows your heart rate nicely. The signature lemon & acorn are at once bright and quaint, and the finish has intriguing ground cherry fragrance. Beautiful, rich, balanced, iconic
This wine is more Other-worldly than Old-world, so rare and special is it. Your eyes will close in rapt pleasure as you experience the aromas of dried rose, orange cream, shortbread dough, nutmeg. Then you will throw them open as you taste a completely dry wine that is nearly 2 decades old and still alive with lemony acidity. Hints of an oyster brininess and heavy minerals on the finish
A ripe vintage, long, long ago, perfectly encapsulated in this golden bottle of viura and malvasia nectar. Aromas of dried mango and lemon curd precede a mouthfeel that is plump with French butter but resplendent with citrus fruits. Angelica, pineapple, dried apricot, and lily. A picture- perfect example of winemaking that surpasses its peers to create timeless bottles of liquid art, to be enjoyed as much as pondered. A profound experience; one I've saved for you for years!!!
It is nothing short of miraculous, but this 30+ year old wine still lives a joyful life. the lemony acidity still winks coyly, the fleshy fruit still offers a sensual mouth feel, and the complexity has reached new levels. Vanilla, orange blossom, flan, lychee and toasted brioche for starters
Wow! Lime zest and melon rind have never seemed so cool, so lovely! In the mouth there's a hint of salinity embedded in the green apple splash, and the sparkle is just perfect. A lightening zap of fragrance, acidity, and refreshment
A fine spray of almond, passion fruit and ocean titillate the senses. This txakolina offers texture and depth as well as the requisite eye-widening acidity and brightness. Rich, yet spirited
A chubby-cheeked style of txakolina, Gañeta is smooth where most are linear and more mineral-driven. Fresh tart apple, lemon pith, and the tiniest hint of sea brine. Barley effervescent; quickly quaffable. (also in rosé)
"Txakoli that rests 5 months on the lees with frequent batonage," they told me. "How will all the starry minerals I so love shine through?" I thought, skeptical. Well, it turns out the minerals glitter brilliantly and the time on the lees has conveyed an incredible depth to the wine, carving more detail and precision than I've ever tasted in Txakoli. The effervescence is tiny and fine, and the fruit is a mouthwatering cool melon tinged with ginger, the world's simplest ambrosia salad. There's a pulsating mobility on the mid-palate, but that relaxes of a peaceful creaminess on the back palate. Lingering notes of ash, granite, and white peach
Hondaribi Beltza & Hondaribi Zuri made in the méthode champenoise! 12 months on the lees in this big bottle that will feel small once you start drinking. Snapping with sea aromas and charged with flinty sparks, the bubbles are grander than in a txakolina but more subtle than in cava. Utterly dry but quite seductive, with flirtatious little strawberry butterfly kisses
A supremely elegant rosado offering the sensation of completeness. The Muga's refuse to release the wine too early, allowing this lovely blend of garnacha, viura, and tempranillo to mature on the lees for a full 3 months
A ripe and stony rosé with notes of watermelon rind and fresh green pepper. The spritz-y effervescence and the sea spray notes make this wine a saline, sultry party
Pale and elegant, with rosy raspberry fruit and a tantalizingly tart finish. Lovely and refreshing
A funky, frenzied party of dried flowers and fresh red fruits, with notes of a late summer meadow. Iron ore and splashy orange acidity
As right as rain, as refreshing as a bite of cold fruit. Light raspberry with Persian cucumber and fresh pepper, spritzed up nice with those baby txakolina bubbles that make us high and happy
How does such a light wine breathe such grandiosity? Stones, spring rain, fresh strawberry, slate... Then a dazzling shower of cucumber, lime, and sea spray in a crystalline shell of exquisite acidity. Mother Nature's best dew lovingly coaxed from Hondarrabi Beltza grapes
Shimmering and tense like a tutu, this unusual rose is quite dry and rather structured despite it's pale beauty. 100% Listan negro wrought in pastel shades and light strawberry notes is a graceful ballet of muscle and flow
Winemaker Jaume Gramona noticed that one of his vineyards of xarel-lo, the champion grape of Gramona's excelsior cavas, had mutated from white to pink. Haling from the parcel of Les Solanes, Mart is a pale rose delight, with the sheer elegance of fine silk and the sexy acidity of forest berries and a still-crisp peach. Hints of pink peppercorn, lemon oil, fresh apricot. Divine enough to drink alone with your thoughts or surrounded by dishes of fishes
A ten year old rosé that the whole world is clamoring to drink? Yes! This Gran Reserva rosé spent an astounding 4 years in barrel, and behaves quite regally. Dried cherry and oak leaves emanate from this copper-hued wine, as do orange peel, dried apricot, and attar of rose. Full-bodied and alive with sleek acidity, this blend of garnacha, tempranillo and viura transcends the rosé category like 72% cacao single-origin dark chocolate transcends the candy category
Fresh and brilliant garnacha from Madrid, bouncing with exuberance, strawberry, sassafrass, and black cherry. Daringly deep for a young wine, a splash of pure grape charisma
Boysenberry and plum skin aromas, with a good grind of black pepper. Pretty lithe on its feet - I'd dance if he asked - for a Valencian wine. Fresh, yet dark and herbaceous in a way that trumpets the Mediterranean. The ripeness is balanced by a spicy acidity and a cool note of crabapple, and the tannins rock and roll
Here you have old vines garnacha from granitic soils at the foot of the Gredos Mountains turned into a lyrical wine made so deftly that the minerals are a planetarium show and the brambly fruit is a lady slipper blossom of elegance. Light in body; wealthy in character
A violet-scented pool of dark, ripe fruits that calms the overworked mind quickly. The bounce and verve of blackberry and boysenberry are lovingly tamed by a year in old oak barrels and foudres. A meaningful expression of tinta de toro, with a bit of garnacha blended in, all grown organically, with some biodynamic practices. Feel the energy of that - and let your lips smack over this fresh, purple vision!
An indigenous grape called rufete delivers you this brambly missive of cool, clean mountain air. Made from 50+ year old vines, the wine is cheeky with red currants, huckleberry, violets, and a glitter of granitic minerals. Jamón wine!
Rocks and snail shells and red currants and chalk and tart raspberry and every palate-thrill you can think of if you are a seeker of cool-climate, mineral- and acid-driven wines. Should be called 'Stimulatum' for its excitement factor!! Chilled
A red wine from Jerez? Yes! Tintilla de Rota is the sole red varietal, and it makes for an exotic, marvelous wine. Currant and passion fruit on the nose, with bright watermelon and blackberry on the palate. Masculine notes of leather and tar, plus the chalky earth of Jerez, add firey complexity
Unorthodox and organic, El Rey del Glam uses old vines garnacha from Alfredo Maestro's vineyards in Peñafiel, Ribera del Duero (calcareous clay) and Navarredondilla (granite) in the Gredos mountains. The fruit is pure, focused, splashy, and energetic thanks to expert natural winemaking, carbonic maceration, pristine vineyards. Have an enchanting, lusty, purple, luminous experience with this divine wine
Prieto Picudo is a tight and pointy little grape that is among the most challenging to grow and vinify, unless you are Noelia Paz and utterly smitten with your native varietals. Grown in alluvial clay and white stone, Trasto expresses dark plummy fruit with cinnamon, fennel, and orange oil. Although quite dark, it has a lilting, teasing acidity that balances the forest floor earthiness and black pepper grip. Noelia blends in up to 10% of the previous vintage to keep things exciting. Piquillo pepper, herbaceous underbrush, and dried blueberries also add excitement!
Made from Listan Negro grapes (with a bit of Negramoll and then some white grapes for good, traditional measure, Listan Blanco), this lovely island wine gets its implacable brightness from ideal ripening and carbonic maceration to preserve that precious moment. The 5th generation farmer/winemakers have much to do with the delectable, red-berry pizzazz of La Hollera, and I love how they let the volcanic soils glitter within all that exotic fruit. Fresh and fruited on the palate, with a very dry and tannic end
Aromas of sun-baked herbs, black raspberry, and loose black tea leaves. With the ruddiness of beet and the elegance of violet, mantonegro properly grown and harvested is a spiced, fresh, dark-fruited joy. Superb!
A RED Txakolina, cool, flinty, redolent of a Basque garden full of piquillo peppers, violets, roses, & ripe tomatoes. It is a giving, lovely wine, with firm skin tannins embracing a delicate drink of tart cherry, dried flowers, & crushed stone. A BEAUTY, with ripples that just don't stop
Way, way up in the Gredos mountains there are old abandoned garnacha vines and ambitious young winemakers making this spicy, juicy, strawberry-scented juice. Notes of forest and funk give character, and darker fruits round out this snappy wine that smacks of untamed places
The dark cherry and forest strawberry establishment are teased and taunted by little tongue lashes of wild animal funk. Stony minerals and stoic tannins underpin the splashy, shimmering fruit of 60 year old garnacha vines grown in hostile mountain terrain. The hint of spice buried in the leafy humus makes me think of an earthworm exploring a cinnamon stick tunnel
As this beachball of delight bounces your way, take in the unmistakeable taste of indigo and violet; breathe in the raucously enthusiastic fresh fruit and flowers; feel the happiness enter your soul. Organically grown in a natural reserve, these garnacha grapes are vinified in concrete, then aged in amphora and neutral foudres. Everything about this aptly named "Wild Nature" wine is natural, but the luminous freshness makes a mockery of the notorious kombuchastyled genre. A dizzying farmers' market display of blueberries, raspberries, fresh figs, dark strawberries amorously bound in a ever so raw tannin lacing. (Like the one they put over your black raspberry pint so they don't spill on the way home)
Another red wine from the land of sherry, wildly attractive with cocoa nib and rich cherry. It is tannic and broad, and but agile enough to portend tremendous grace over the next few years. The sweet raspberry fruit is balanced by tart currant notes. I love the chalk presence that I associate with manzanilla!
Made from the local varietal souson, This bio-dynamically grown purple juice is both bumptious and deep. Fresh skin and stem notes grip the wild fruits firmly, as though to keep them from flying off in their bounciness. Blackberry and wild currant with a stripe of wild herbs running through the middle
This 100% mencia is one of those wines that starts off shy and then bursts forth with character and detail. The aromas intertwine the exotic with the familiar - dragonfruit with carnations, lingonberries with rose. Fresh and lively on the palate, with earthy tannins on the back palate. An exemplary young wine from 50 year old vines
Vivacious fresh fruits dance & sing for you- wild strawberry, plum, and watermelon- with no oak to restrain their expressiveness. Light & beautiful, the wine also possesses graceful brushes of licorice and lavender. Bright cherries & a distinct schiste minerality ring on the complex finish. 80 yr. old mencía vines – what a find!
A young and flirtatious little vino that is at once pretty and earthy. Aromas of fresh cherries and grape sorbet are fun, while the slate minerality and the vervy tannins ground the wine firmly, never ceasing to excite! YUM!
This mencía has exceptional allure, grace, & purity. Grown in slate on the banks of the Sil River, these 80 year old vines deliver vivid aromas of cherry, yeast, oak leaves, & ripe tomato. "Más!" you will shout, as you partake of her dark and stony mencía mystery!
Groovy, spicy nose with woodsy notes of twigs ands fragrant autumn leaves. A forest elixir in the mouth, chock full of crabapple, pinecone, and brambly blackberry. Bold mencia enlivened by piquant merenzao (20%) - balanced and beautiful! 3 months in old oak
Composed of caiño longo, brancellao and tintilla grapes, this groovy red by the makers of Viña Mein is as sturdy as she is lovely - like a vineyard horse. Tart cherries, black raspberries, and san marzano tomatoes are ruddy with toothsome tannins. The underpinning of granite lends a cool polish to this old style made new. Love the resurrection of the ancestral varietals!
Grown on steep granite slopes, this celestial blend of mencia, garnacha tintorrera, souson, moraton, and caiño, is nymphette temptress in a forest berry gossamer gown. Nimble, quixotic and as graceful as a butterfly, this cool-climate silk slipper of a wine will shimmy its way into your heart with its wild raspberry, tart plum, spearmint, and loganberry petals
Singing in perfect-pitch soprano, these merenzao, mencía, and garnacha tintorera grapes show us the most elegant juice that Valdeorras has to offer. The whole-cluster maceration lasts for 28 days, and the myriad of fine flowers and juicy, brambly fruits is an elegant melange indeed. Red currants, wild strawberry, violet, and angelica reverberate softly, and the bass notes of old French oak strum softly. A delight!
Rodri Mendez watched his grandpa plant indigenous red varietals while most growers were ripping them out to plant albariño. Today, with these very caiño, espadeiro, loureiro, and sousón grapes, he makes stunningly delicious cool-climate reds. My palate adores the bright red fruits that are both exotic and brambly; my head, the 12% alcohol. Fresh and herbaceous, with black peppercorns and dried purple flowers, Tintos de Mar is refreshing and incredibly versatile with food
From mencia and garnacha tintorera grapes gathered from all over the Quiroga-Bibei sub-zone, Laura Lorenzo crafts this vibrant wine that is at once quaffable and mystical. Gamy notes are balanced with the cheer of fresh forest strawberry: the oak is a subtle and charming presence. Ripe yet uplifted, the wine begs for turn on the dance floor of your table
Native and brilliant, Laura Lorenzo works with growers in the ancient, scrubby hills of the Quiroga-Bibei sub zone to create this exquisitely rustic yet pretty wine. Teeming with the verve of untamed red fruits and mountain herbs, the wine is a both taut and curvy, like a belly dancer. Energetic and well-versed in pleasure. Mouratón, mencía, garnacha tintorera, merenzao, gran negro and more go into this delightful field blend
A delightfully raucous blend of sousón, caiño, brancellao, and ferrol, Eidos Ermos serves up a glass of excitement and lush ripeness balanced by the perfectly piquant acidity of cool-climate viticulture. Open wide as a fresh wind bearing Concord grapes, red raspberries and huckleberries blows across your palate. How is such energy confined in a bottle?? Cheering, satisfying, refreshing. ¡Gracias, Luis!
Dreamy aromas of violets and dragonberries warn you that you are about to indulge ins something exotic and supremely cool. This blend of brancellão, ferrol, caiño longo and caiño redondo, red grapes indigenous to the zone, is pure purple pleasure. There's a tannic edge from 25% use of stems, and a profound fragrance of wildflowers. Sexy, tart, tight
This is the wine that made my heart stop in the winery back in 2010. It wasn't ready for release yet, now it is in its prime. Pomegranate, plum and bresaola spice aromas tease the nose, then an exotic brew of carnation, baseball glove, vanilla and violet swirls the palate into a pure state of wonder. Ibérico ham and spring earth on the finish. The texture is alive like good wool. Another superb old grape!
Made from whole grape clusters of mencia, garnacha, and a smattering of local varieties, this old-school wine is cutting edge - and irresisitible. Fermented in open-topped foudres, the wine is left on its lees for 8 months, which creates dynamic texture and wild notes innumerable. The brambly red fruits seem bathed in a Galician mist, one that brings to life the spice and nerve of the wine. Red currant, caraway, cherry, thyme. Fascinating, delectable
Rodri Mendez, a true garagista, shares space with plows, tires, and a van. He celebrates the beauty of indigenous red grapes in a zone of white fame. His 100% caiño is dreamily fragrant, blooming with cherry, lusty with ripe stems, and shiny with wet stones. Pomegranate and tea roses bless your senses, and the wine smacks of the Old World with the shimmer of modern imagination!
And then there's the loureiro grape that comes in your choice of red or white, also an old, indigenous, allbut-lost Galician varietal, Here is a vivid expression of purple dichotomy - light but lush, linear but generous with its aromas, exotic but clearly cold-climate. Dragon berry and violets dream together on the palate, and anything seems possible. Dry, divine, and deep. (1 bottle of 2010 left; $150)
Only in fine Galician red wines does the term 'sour fruits' take on a meaning of 'delicious.' Mysterious. Coveted, even, for its guileless expression of Nature. Mostly 95 year old vines mencia, with other native grapes joining in this symphonic cricket chorus of wild red fruits, Capeliños is brambly, vibrant, and rose-scented. 12 months in old French oak do not subdue the wild strawberry, violets, tarragon, & lavender notes. Still foot-treaded and fermented in open-top foudre!
Another single-vineyard stunner from Guimaro! Made from 70 year-old mencia vines on southfacing slopes, Pombeiras has Burgundian complexity and Cote Rotie-esque earthy, toasty structure. Umeboshi plum and hoisin notes seem incongruent from this remote corner of Galicia, but here they are, adding sexy umami to the red currant and black raspberry fruit. 10 months in old French barrels have polished the wine to a smoldering glow of exquisitely balanced fruit scented with retama, (yellow broom, the wildflower of the surrounding slopes), leaf-burning, and rose hip jam
A charming expression of mencia, made from whole clusters farmed organically. The familiar aromas of Bierzo present smokey and earthy with rugged notes of peat, but the ripe red fruit is the loudest voice, like a melodious birdsong of raspberry, crabapple, piquant cherry
An fresh and feminine style of mencia, with cherries tart and taut. The fine nature of the wine allows the minerals to dance, and there is a wild fervor of pomegranate and wild strawberry on the mid palate. Strong and shiny like a ruby
Fresh black currant and tulip aromas are steeped in Bierzo terroir – the peat and slate we love! 2014 shows a return to a fresher style after a couple of vintages of playing with oak. Peonies, dark cherries
The loveliest cool-climate fruits your little nose can imagine all in one glass - loganberries, red currants, blueberries. The ephemeral aroma of violets is captivating, and the depth of the flavors in this here purple plunge pool is stunning. The wine has graceful weight and powerful, joyful fruit. A whisper of tannin
Perfumed with spice and violets, these black cherry and Concord grape aromas are nothing short of sublime. In the mouth the wine is feather-light but magically huge in flavor, like an enviable Burgundy. Both red and black fruits (fresh currant, blackberry, crabapple) are laced with graphite notes and peat-nuanced tannins. Profound
Ricardo Palácios only gets better as his Burgundian project in Bierzo gets older. The vines were always old and the winemaker was always a phenom, but 20 years together have forged an enviable relationship. Corullon is stunning, glittering with minerals and pulsating with dark berry notes, all perfumed in that violet-bergamot-black pepper mist that distinguishes fine Bierzo
This delicious wine has the pioneering spirit we love, and was one of Ricardo Palacios' first wines in the zone, prior to labelling separate villages and parcels. It is aging wonderfully, with its ripe black cherry fruit and old oak having married harmoniously. Smoky, woodsy, and coyly animal
The black raspberry nose is arresting and intricately perfumed with dried flowers and herbs. In the mouth, the wine proves concentrated and ripe, and beautifully laced with graphite and lavender. The tannins are young and chalky and lend a masculine grip to all this feminine, mountain flower poetry that is truly irresistible
Grown on quartz and slate soils on a southeast-facing vineyard, these mencía grapes defy categorization - they are both animal and mineral! The musky fur of the dog you adore and the glittering minerals of an old jewelry box tint this wine 'engrossing.' Its smoky nature is slightly haunting and the complexity and unmistakeable sense of place is Burgundian. Bierzo at its profound best
100% mencía grown in clay soils in the dramatic hills of Ricardo Palácios. The tart cherry fruit is round and gorgeous, with artistic smudges of cacao and charcoal. Fine tea aromas with subtle blueberry glints. Impressively broad, full, and complete in the mouth, yet graced with patrician elegance
Wild berry aromas captivate, then melt into a complex pool of ripe concentration. The wine is broad and deep with a suggestion of cocoa and a twang of tart berry. Herbaceous tannins make it even more fun!
100% Trepat - a grape to get intrigued about! It gives off charming, woodsy aromatics, with lots of dark fruit and a whiff of puppy paw that brings a smile. Dusky, broody black raspberry notes with a ping of black cherry acidity and some post-campfire earth and smoke. Dark and delicious, but not heavy
This is a Cirque du Soleil gymnast of a garnatxa! There is a madcap fruitiness - the very essence of grapiness - that remains dry on the palate thanks to the solid tannins and distinct chalky notes. 30% carbonic maceration makes you believe the wine was freshly bottled just for you. Energizing & delicious
Reviving the varietal sumoll has not been easy, but someone needs to champion these intriguing varietals that keep the wine world diverse! The aromas are unique - lambic, rhubarb, carbon - and evoke trousseau from the Jura. In the mouth a pleasing swirl of red currant, raspberry and raw cacao evolves. Haunting like a single-malt scotch on the finish. A cultural and delectable journey!
This lovely blend of merlot, tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon, and petite verdot, smells of fragrant Catalán red peppers, cocoa nibs, dried oak leaves, and blackberries. Notes of cool acidity in the mouth balance the wealth of black cherry and crabapple conserve. Stone dust and soft, old, French oak. Nice!
Made from 80-year old vines from a single, bio-dynamically-farmed vineyard (with sheep and everything!), this jammy vino smells of spiced strawberries, candied cherries, and chambord. In the mouth the berry preserves are infused with firewood and charcoal notes. Balanced acidity and a bit of oak
Old cabernet sauvignon is a wine lover's dream and here is one from a warm zone in a hot vintage. The nose is still powerful, rich with black fruits and spice, and the notes of oxidation are dreamy. In its youth this wine was as big as you would expect from such a vintage, from such a muscular varietal, made by such an experienced winemaker. Now it shows a feminine side, all dressed in velvet and satin. Blackberry and smoke are lush within the oaky tannins, and the acidity still shows up to provide balance
The epitome of juicy - the leaping fragrance of strawberry and crabapple take you by the hand, and your senses go skipping into a splash of tart blackberry and wild cherries. Luscious, naked, and giving, she offers herself up with a flirtatious, fruity wink. Best Young Wine in Rioja 2018!
Raucous and riveting like a modern dance performance, activity and motion everywhere. Whirling ruby skirts, powerfully rippled legs, and billowing ribbons of purple grape fantasia. Lip-smacking red fruits quivering with primary purity - one helluva good time. Biodynamic and sin sulfatos. Tempranillo & moscatel de alejandría from a single plot called Matagallina, fermented in amfora, it is both ancient and new
What is this nose full of plum, roasted tomato, rosemary, and lamb tartar telling us? That the organically-grown tempranillo grapes of the Luberri vineyards are vibrant, vigorous, and special, that's what!! In the mouth red cherries and currants are embroidered with a hint of oak, like a fine tapestry of autumn, complete with mushrooms, threads of menthol, and earthy roasted beets. Strawberry & cocoa on the finish
The familiar blue-fruit notes of carbonic maceration (20%) nest wonderfully with the quite primary violet, plum, and raspberry. Puppy paw and iron make it the quintessential bistro or taberna wine - listen for the subtle whisper of tannin, earth, and "order the roasted chicken"
The purest of purple fruit casts a cool and invigorating fan of aromas from the glass. Tempranillo fruit ripened slowly in the foothills of the Sierra Cantábria, grown organically and hailing from a single, revered vineyard site, sings to us in a full-throated bass voice. Dark plum, mountain black raspberries, and heady summer flowers are a full-bodied delight here, and the balance has perfect pitch. Fresh like the spring wind
Wine aromatics can only glow when the grapes are well-nurtured in the vineyard and deeply respected in the winey. This bright yet profound wine shows impeccable upbringing - fresh cherry, dark plum, sylvan strawberry. Full-bodied and shimmering with autumn's bounty, Lindes is a proud brew from Remelluri's trusted growers. Sparks of acidity light the dark red depths
Sandra Bravo is pioneering projects in Rioja with sublime results. This one comes from white clay soils at high altitude and the result is a sheer, rose-scented style of garnacha. Her wine is unintentionally stylish and quite elegant, but confidently structured. Breezy notes of wild strawberry, clove, eucalyptus, and vanilla bean. A woman to watch, a wine to savor
From a warm but not scorching vintage comes this sumptuous red that is rich but nervy. The aromas of raw lamb, red currants and juniper are Riojan and more. On the palate, plush pomegranate and taut tannins are harmonious, a sophisticated expression of tempranillo, with some graciano and a tiny splash of garnacha, all at least 30 years of age in the vineyard. A pleasure to ponder; a delight to drink
High-toned and wonder-packed! Smells unmistakably of Rioja, the dark fruit side of this beautiful land, with ripe plum flesh and black cherries. The natural world teems with purpose here: mahogany and underbrush are warm base notes, while sage and mint add herbaceous depth and charm. A plush sensuality reigns supreme; suppleness from the warmth of '05. Almond, cherry conserve, and raspberry acidity ripple on and on as the wine finishes with both grace and impact
Despite the ripe vintage and 2 years in oak, (old and American, as tradition would have it!), this wine is graceful and lively. Meat and peat, raspberries and cedar, and the unmistakeable Old World complexity. Charming and memory-provoking!
A broad-shouldered expression of all things Rioja! The smooth cherry and raspberry fruit is peppered with nervy spices and the oak is a gentle, cedar chest presence. Dark and a bit broody, she needs to be decanted and then she'll fulfill your every temparanillo-graciano-mazuelo desire
Truly classic! Red currants and wild cherries preen with integrity and the kiss of lilting acidity - no facile syrup here! The oak is quiet guidance, not a shout-out to newly hewn firewood. Laurel, cocoa, and rosewood season the pretty cranberry, dried cherry, and pomegranate. A joyful find!
Truly a classic, stately and proud. The typical aromas of cedar and and dark cherry are interwoven with some unique ones, such as juniper and peat. I love the dark depths of this wine - November's oak leaves, weighty plums, burnished mahogany. A lovely wine, with a lighter touch of oak than in recent vintages
Extremely perfumed, almost surreally so! Dark red fruits, heather, jasmine, spiced cranberry, and minted cherry cordial. Sublime in the mouth, clean, potent, pure Rioja – cherry & iron ore. The finish bears wonderful aromas of dried flowers and the stars of minerality. Since 1852 they've been making the rules!
Aromas of black raspberry and chestnut are spiked with juniper and caressed by the noble wood elevage. The mouth feel is lithe and creamy with deep intensity of fruit and a bull' s-blood meatiness. The wine has the poise and grace of a blossom with the richness and minerals of a perfect filet mignon. Lovely tempranillo purity
A galloping, muscular, decorated beauty, dark and sober, with tannins that command respect. Glints of tart red fruits keep the balance impeccable, with brambly notes of cheerfully-ripe blackberry emerging from all this gravitas. Truly noble wine!
A special bottling in an exceptional vintage that is unforgettable. The maturity and complexity of each grape is apparent in this astounding yet peaceful wine. Riojan typicity - deep raspberry, cedar, dark cherry, flirtatious spices - is of a distinct volume and brightness in this seamless, silken wine
That perfect, old-style, please-don't-ever-go-away Rioja. Smooth and rich, with the requisite dried cherry, red currant, and cigar box aromatics. Red clay and and dried thyme, with juicy notes of pomegranate and a whole lot of depth and power. Labeled crianza, this lovely wine spent 3 years in old oak barrels because that's the hallowed way at LDH! And just like that she's 15, showing beautifully, with dark earthy notes to add to the red-fruited character
Iconic and irresistible, Bosconia will always keep you sipping and swooning with her Riojan character, equal parts grace and prowess. Lilting tart cherry notes trimmed with the spice of a woodsy paradise show up effortlessly stylish. Red currants, tiny blue plums, split cedar, and rose petals will make your day better than you imagined
The current vintage is a dreamy as all the rest. Those warm cherry notes effortlessly blossoming into a bower of beautiful complexity - cacao nibs, cranberry, tart plum and iron ore. Dry, graceful, brimming with balanced acidity and as beguiling as ever
The aromas are of sandalwood, cool-climate cherries and their blossoms. The wine has a tremendously silky mouth feel and is beautifully perfumed with star anise, toast, vanilla, and tobacco. The fruit concentration is precise, the wine is dry, the care is apparent. A bottle of history and elegance made by one of Rioja's most venerable wineries
An excelsior vintage, in my opinion. Slightly cooler temperatures show the sublime elegance of LdH. The finest ripe red currants and pomegranates just won't be dulled by their old oaken cradles. There are more floral notes than spice - listen for the whispers of pansy and rose. Firm, deep, and wise, width the breadth of hundreds of years of experience - but not too serious
The best of the Riojan smells convene here: fresh cherry, roasted meat, leather wineskin, piquillo pepper, curing tobacco. The poetry of aged Lopez de Herédia is particularly eloquent here, with sun-warmed pansy, thyme, cocoa nibs and ripe, ripe raspberry finding their rhythm across your palate. There is still a coquettishness about the wine, and the potential for 10 more years of romance
Dwindling supplies make these wines more precious than ever, and they never fail to thrill. Smokey cherry notes with pomegranate liveliness lead you to your demise-in-a-glass of raspberry, truffle, old leaves, and nutmeg. Fine and silky, with venerable oak notes that caress not careen. Meaty
The gentle aromas are like caressing breezes, first cherry and menthol, then earth and roses. As always, the texture is sublime, lilting. Fine notes of acidity are like tiny sunbeam rays into a darker world of black cherry, licorice, and porcini. Iron ore is a steady life force in the wine, while nutmeg and violets and raspberries cascade lightly. Perfection
Sensual aromas of cherry, raspberry, and vanilla precede a moving experience in the mouth. The funk of home-cured sausage, the light acidity of sun-dried tomato, & the earthiness of cacao conspire to overtake all your pleasure receptors & make you a useless, stammering, delighted fool. A complex, still-ripe wine that whispers secrets of her vineyard
Dreamy, creamy aromas of cherry, sandalwood, dried tomato, and cedar bring you under a spell of perfectly made, uncompromisingly traditional Rioja. In the mouth the wine expresses its subtle power, and there are clear church bell-chimes of acidity. Taste the 120 year-old yeast strains in that salami note, feel the 9 years of barrel-time in that baby-cheek softness
The current vintage is a joyful drink of Riojan legend - supple, charming and bountiful. Redolent of of dark cherry and bright raspberry, the wine delivers the familiarity of LdH, but is its unique sultry self. Perfect plum, old cedar, fresh currants, and polished ebullience. Love
Fields of fall foliage come to mind - the colors, the complexity, the bittersweet weight of autumn - yet the pristine red fruit beckons like a summer romp. Juicy plum and black currants bleed all over the fine lace of violet, rose, and truffle. The American oak is subtle, the tannins are soft, and the desire to immerse yourself in it all, to understand it better, keeps you raising that glass again and again
Classics are forms that endure, and thank goodness for artists' committed to tradition! Rich in cherry, vanilla, and well-worn leather aromas, this gorgeous example of Old World winemaking is elegant and damn delicious. Dried tomato, fresh raspberry, black pepper, sandalwood, mahogany... Pure pleasure is the rich texture, and the savory, prime rib quality to the wine. It will bring you peace!
A hot vintage that bore many a heavy wine, 2005 was. This beauty, however, has energetic equilibrium despite the ripeness of her fruit. Raspberries in the peak of summer, plump black currant, and fancy pipe tobacco are cupped in the hand of capable old oak, smiling with milk chocolate levity and richness. Layered and aromatized like the millions of autumn leaves in an untrodden forest
Even in this historically scalding vintage, LdH made wine that show nothing but prowess and balance. In this bottle you find the wine experience you always crave, that rich texture, the perfectly ripened fruit, and the quiet command to slow down and savor your life. Dark pomegranate and cranberry notes, with a creamy element whose provenance I cannot begin to fathom
Just doesn't go around like it used to! An excellent vintage, impeccably preserved in this large bottle, more Lopez de Herédia than ever. The cherry feels deeper and broader, the saddle leather is more venerable, the subtle but purposeful oak is elegant. Fragrant like purple spring flowers after the rain, long like a ballad, and riveting like a sexy novel. Plum and cedar
A fascinating study in terroir - just 1 km. away from the Bosconia vineyard, Tondonia sits at a higher elevation and the harvest is 3 weeks later. The aromas are reminiscent of Burgundy, with the dark cherry and plum blossoms corralled by hoof and funk in a gorgeous dance of masculine- feminine balance. The texture is velvety, but the wine still feels firm, energetic. Cocoa and linzer add a bit of heft, while tart cherry acidity lends nerve and endless vitality. The bottle is just too small
The aromas are petal-soft, yet assertive. Chocolate-dipped cherries, sandalwood, a hint of roasted fennel… In the mouth there is still that sensation of subtle power, a gorgeous oxymoron in your glass. The raspberry acidity is still brilliant, confirming the Lopez de Herédia's virtual infallibility when it comes to harvesting on time and then preserving all that natural beauty for decades! Notes of cured salami, cedar, and roses on the finish
Blood and elegance conspire for your Riojan rapture! Four years in barrel has left this wine shamelessly soft and submissive, with ripe red currant and shiny pomegranate concentration. A true classic, where animal meets polish and dirty red clay lays with velvet. Perfectly balanced and still smoldering with energy!
Sweet old smells of a well-loved winery! Although reasonably new, founded by a group of Basque friends in 1973, Beronia exudes old tempranillo love, with aromas of dried cherry, ripe plum, and pie spices. Graciano and mazuelo lend dark and earthy notes. The French oak is warm and aromatic
Listen to the whispers of classic, old Rioja- fresh raspberry, dried cherry, and burnished walnut. Leaves abound, with fresh tobacco, dried thyme, and fallen oak. The red currant adds spirited acidity and the gleam of horse saddle is calming. An Old World wine to be sipped in rapture
The powerful vintage is gloriously expressed here. Dark red fruits and light tobacco twinkle effortlessly with the sweet notes of vanilla and sensual wafts of cacao. Deeply layered with Riojan terroir and glowing with complexity still
This exquisite Riojan jewel is hard to part with and easy to adore. Fine-boned and exquisitely supple, she is still a beauty. She speaks in soft yet rich tones of the raspberry and cedar lore of her old world; there's a hushed rustle of dried leaves in the background. The staying power of fine Rioja is a marvel
Venerability in a glass - cigar box, dried cranberry, cedar, raspberry, dried rose petals. Sigh. The ethereal texture in the mouth is special, and whispers of Old World wine deftly made with modern skill. The wine feels more intact and darker than its great grandparents of previous vintages, with a bit more tannin and a persevering liveliness. Pink peppercorns and red currants remind me of the 1981! Coffee and minerals on the finish. Another sigh
Here is a quintessential old Rioja, still glowing with ripe red fruits and kissed by gentle oak. Rich and burnished, the wines of Marques de Murrieta tend to deepen rather than lighten with age, miraculous as it may sound, and their characteristic cranberry preserve quality is a vermillion, concentrated presence
This fantastic vino has all the elements we love in Gran Reservas from Rioja - the ripe fruit of an excellent vintage, the lilting red berry notes that simply love resting within American oak barrels for years on end, the textured tannins, the noble wood. My favorite thing about Luberri is the purity and clarity they tease from their grapes, and that honest, translucent vibrancy shines through, even in an older wine. Remarkable and delicious. The potential for aging feels pretty limitless, tooThis fantastic vino has all the elements we love in Gran Reservas from Rioja - the ripe fruit of an excellent vintage, the lilting red berry notes that simply love resting within American oak barrels for years on end, the textured tannins, the noble wood. My favorite thing about Luberri is the purity and clarity they tease from their grapes, and that honest, translucent vibrancy shines through, even in an older wine. Remarkable and delicious. The potential for aging feels pretty limitless, too
Polished to a fine gleam with umber garnet tones, this special wine is still glorious. Delicate but meaningful, the cherry fruit is still alive, although slightly subdued by time's rust-tinged paintbrush. So hard to find these days and oh so easy to drink
I tasted this 3 years ago and it was shockingly bright and delicious still. Gran Reserva Rioja is created for longevity, remember, and 1978 Viña Real still shines. The dried cherry and oak leaf notes are admittedly more prevalent than the fresh fruit, but the tertiary aromas are mellow and lovely, reminding us with each sip why old wine is so very coveted
This is an unusual specimen from Rioja, as there is cabernet sauvignon in the blend. The black fruits are quite concentrated, the oak is overtly French, and the style unabashedly modern; however, the dreamy quality of old wine is alive and well. A dark, peaceful, delicious journey
Astounding aromas are comprised of cherry, animal hide, tobacco, raspberry and the spice of fine American oak. In the mouth the wine is decadently creamy, with a rich meaty quality, the acidity of perfectly ripened currants, and silky tannins. Deftly made from 90% tempranillo and 10% mazuelo
This beauty is just getting started, profound and ripe as ever. Full of surprisingly dark fruit and a hint of forest floor, this meticulously made Rioja was destined for an accomplished old age
Maderized black cherry aromas carry a trace of smoke & tea. An aged beauty, the wine is nicely reduced, but still alive with black raspberry & plum. Essence of cigar box, fine vanilla, and peat ground all that overripe, heady fruit. So silky! Thyme & chocolate-covered cranberries show on the big finish. One of Haro's gems, 904 transports us back in time, gracefully, beautifully
Simply astounding aromas of peat, dried plum, and pansy. This is liquid silk in the mouth (all previous applications of the word "silky" were erroneous and exaggerated!), a precious puddle of dried cherry, violets, earth, and a hint of eucalyptus. Supple and graceful like a ribbon in the breeze, the wine is ethereally complex with layers of ripe currant, smoke, black raspberry, vanilla. This feather pillow of a wine is where you'll want to rest your head forever. Timeless, hauntingly good, still lovely after all these years
'70 was a lovely vintage and here is that notorious cherry-and-old oak aroma, with notes of dried tomato, oloroso sherry, and marjoram. There are musky notes of worn, much-loved leather, and the unmistakeable Riojan notes of ferrous clay. Surprisingly full-bodied, and as elegant as can be
Ripe black fruits - prune, black cherry, dried currants - with violet and a hint of black licorice. Gorgeous mouth feel, all velvety and round, with flawless structure and balance. Subtle but lively acidity, unobtrusive alcohol, mellow oak . A wisp of clove and nutmeg spikes the smooth, ripe fruit. Quintessential Rioja, but with the volume turned up. From the best grapes of the Ygay vineyard. Only 24k bottles made
Gently reduced, gloriously refined, this tempranillo treasure is a dark cherry and perfect oak leaf marriage. It is supple and velvety now, where it used to be bold and rangy. Ripples of prune, cedar, and violets sing to you softly. Time and Rioja are a beautiful thing. An exalted vintage, harder and harder to find, shows itself gloriously here
This extraordinary wine was dubbed "El gigante de seda", the Silken Giant, and I'm not one to argue. The aromas of warm blackberries, clove, cocoa, birch, tea, cassis, cinnamon and those tiny wild strawberries could not be more complex and seductive! In the mouth the wine is enormous but contained, impressively tannic but not overwhelming. Black raspberry, black cherry crabapple jam, and fine yeast keep us firmly grounded in Rioja. Mature and exciting, Cirsion is 100% tempranillo glory not to be missed
A fresh, feminine expression of Priorat – roses, blueberries, violets. Exuberant boysenberry and plum speak of youth, while the plush, velvety texture is precocious. Ripe. Aromatic. Complex. Lovely
With fruit from Bellmunt and Torroja, this shapely, buoyant wine shines with shiste and flutters with flowers. There's a hint of leather, but the bright fruit is what gives the wine its shapely stature. The black cherry profile lends a plush quality that eventually broadens to a tannic edge on the finish
In addition to converting his own vineyards to biodynamics, Huber works with growers all over Priorat to do the same. This delectable wine shows the fruits of their collective labors in a brilliant, lovable wine that glows red redder reddest. Currant and strawberry sport a light veil of funk, like a confit of rabbit. The brilliant ruby color foretells the fresh, energetic feel of the wine. Garnacha & carinyena, 6 months in large concrete tanks, no oak. Grounded in rocks but enthralling like the wind
Brambly notes are unusual in Priorat. They are utterly enticing here, in this young and fresh wine by the makers of the grand Mas Doix. Cocoa powder, rust, and garrigue weave their way into the spritely red fruit aromas. A wonderfully vibrant and bouncy character emerges in the mouth, with tiny darts of acid that add to the energy. A perfectly timed harvest from their younger vines makes this value a delight
Blackberry jam and slate aromas are followed by concentrated raspberry flavors with essences of wintergreen berry, tea, dried leaves, and raisins. The intense layers of rich fruit are inseparable from the perfectly integrated wood. Pioneer winemaker Alvaro Palácios is nothing short of outstanding!
Made from just the indigenous varietals of cariyena and garnatxa, this wine has the prototypical wealth of black raspberry and black cherry, but the elegance born of Domenich Huber's evolution is palpable. Biodynamic practices have brought his wines to higher levels of grace, and the wines uplift one's palate with their bright raspberry, dark apple, allspice, and graphite. Expressive and complex
It's so Ester Nin - biodynamic, fascinating, complex. Elegant with lavender and wild with Concord grape, this garnatxa peluda-cariñena blend, grown in Porrera's highest vineyards, is ripe and exotic in the mouth. Hyacinth and leather tangle with blackberry and bergamot, and a sensual note of sandalwood wafts through all the layers of slate. The perfect weight and texture for the human tongue!
This wine, comprised of carinena, garnacha, syrah and cabernet sauvignon grabs your attention for the freshness it exudes in the glass. Black raspberries and plums are big and bright and keep their promise of freshness in the mouth. Exotic notes of boysenberry and lively acidity flirt with the tarry notes and fine tannins. Notes of ripe crabapple and slate minerality add another layer to the long finish
Almost impossible to believe, this is a second label. However a second label to Clos Erasmus is beyond first rate. The familiar Priorat aromas are like so many irresistible temptresses - you wont' be able to hold back. Black raspberry, rich dark cherry, and an entire shelf of Christmas baking spices beckon. The wine is ever so juicy in the mouth, with sour plum notes that ping with acidity, which is a treasured thing in this part of the world. Dafne Glorian has created a balanced and beautiful wine, bursting with currants red and black and serious with llicorella-dusted tannins
Heart-quickening aromas of sassafras, dark chocolate and black cherry bleed good things into your olfactory lobes. The wine is rich yet readable on the tongue, with dark cherries and smooth, metabolism-warming spices. A melodic and utterly enchanting wine, with black fruits on a complicated, perfumed mission
Bright and exciting, with nervy black & blue fruits that show up elegantly. Aromas of rawhide from the tannins and still others of budding spring trees from the perfectly ripened fruit underscore the masculine-feminine yinyang that I always find so intriguing in Dofi. Get down in to the depths! Full-bodied, energetic
Made by the brilliant Domenik Huber in the Burgundian style from a privileged north-facing hillside in Priorat, these samsó grapes express their granite & slate birthplace with consummate grace. Some whole-clusters and a long, slow fermentation with natural yeast create a deep, complex pond teeming with black raspberry, spit-roasted game, schist, and juniper. The samsó shows up unusually feminine here, fragrant and voluptuous, with a finish that is richly aromatic with rose and lavender
Breathtaking scents of dark cherry and natural yeasts are trimmed with cocoa and flint. Vigneron Domenich Huber, who is fanatically committed to the natural expression of wine and its terroir, created this haunting beauty in the biodynamic tradition. The wine is muscular and austere in that charming Old World way, with gorgeous minerality and restrained black fruit concentration. Lean, powerful, deep, fabulous
Those deep and dark aromas of Priorat glow with the same majesty as their heavier counterparts, but there is a finesse here that speaks of Jose Mas Barbera's goal of more luminous and less dense wines from his rough and slate-filled land. Blackberry and bayberry are rich and inviting, but a breeze of thyme, rose, and red currant uplifts the usual inky profile. Organic farming, 80 year old vines from a single vineyard, and an eclectic collection of barrels, anforae, and demi-muids for aging the wine all contribute to the incredible wealth of texture and delectability in your decanter!
A single-vineyard stunner; in every sense a gran cru! Bio-dynamically farmed samsó grapes are planted on steep terraced hills of decomposed slate in a breezy site in Torroja. The wine quivers with exquisite muscular tone while flowing like reams of silk brocade. A dark masterpiece created by Jose Mas Barbera who aerates his wine so often the minerals have the breathing room to fully express themselves. Black raspberry, rosemary, crushed stone, purple plum, allspice, hibiscus, pine bark
From centenary carinyena & garnatxa vines springs this regal, muscular beauty. Ripe black raspberries are seasoned with linzer spices: the elegance of the slate minerals feels like an urn made of precious stones. The acidity thrives, creating a deft balance in this powerful wine. The cashmere texture is seductive, with innumerable threads tightly knitting a complex work of art. Truffle, marjoram, cocoa, violet, black currant, rose
This is Dafne's most elegant work of art yet, a smooth and seamless swath of dark velvet, alight with glints of tart black currant and juicy black raspberry. The classic spice profile is what the Christmas goddesses put in their fruitcakes, I'm sure of it. Gossamer layers of sassafras, smoked apple wood, and dried cherries are just part of the complexity that make this wine an icon in Priorat. Tiny vintage
85% garnatxa & 15% syrah made in concrete. The old vines bring us deep, concentrated, dark fruit flavors of a completely cheery and uplifting nature. Both juicy and spicy, this outstanding co-operative wine is refreshing with its tantalizing acidity and grounded by earth and chocolate stirrings. Lovely weight
100% samsó grapes grown in limestone. Ready for cherry in it's purest orchard form? The riveting texture of this wine confirms it's biodynamic upbringing and probably the 28 days of skin contact, too! The oldest vines in this single-vineyard are from 1936 and the youngest from 1970. Sip the violet, graphite, menthol-scented juice and be serenely amazed at Joan Asens love and mastery
A wonderful brew by the masterful Joan Asens, full of red mystery from his red soils. Layer upon seemingly impossible layer of fragrance, surely wrought by the full lunar cycle (29 days) of fermentation. The fruit poses a perfect weight of concentration on the palate, and shows every expression of cherry - the blossom, the tree-ripened fruit, the confection made by Luxardo. Floral notes include the hushed beauty of violets, the unmistakeable blush of roses, and the tart dart of hibiscus. Simply wonderful
Sara Perez and husband René Barbier are Priorat royalty, but started their own winery in Montsant. Made from Cariñena, Garnatxa, and Syrah, Venus la Universal fulfills the couples' aim of capturing the sensuality and beauty of the goddess Venus in a bottle of wine. Ripe and voluptuous, this dark, rich wine is definitely made for loving. Full-bodied and lively, she has a supple texture and a giving soul. Black raspberry, choke cherries, Concord grape, French prunes, and a slash of earthy minerals
Sara Perez and husband René Barbier are Priorat royalty, but started their own winery in Montsant. Made from Cariñena, Garnatxa, and Syrah, Venus la Universal fulfills the couples' aim of capturing the sensuality and beauty of the goddess Venus in a bottle of wine. Ripe and voluptuous, this dark, rich wine is definitely made for loving. Full-bodied and lively, she has a supple texture and a giving soul. Black raspberry, choke cherries, Concord grape, French prunes, and a slash of earthy minerals
A rich and deft blend of garnacha, cariñena, and morenillo, this dark wine is lively yet full of attic treasures. 50 to 60 year old vines will do that! (Organically grown). Heather and wild strawberry chase the black raspberry and rosemary around a sturdy maypole of herbaceous tannins, grilled beef, and wet clay pot. Full-bodied and very meaningful!
This is biodynamic, unadulterated, tangy blue-purple juice that will thrill you with its purity. Fresh berries, Concord grape, sandalwood, and lavender breathe easy from your glass - you are in that garage of a winery, high up (850 m) in Ribera del Duero. The wine glows and blooms in the mouth with a uniquely exotic fruit and spice cornucopia, unencumbered by oak
One whiff and you are transported to a bar in Burgos twenty years ago before oak prevailed over grapes, before points meant more than tradition. Beautiful aromas of perfectly ripened fruit - blackberry, plum, and truffle. Lively, young, supple, balanced... and just so damn delicious and drinkable!
Grown organically on limestone soils in the more temperate, western part of Ribera del Duero, these tinto fino grapes show lush blueberry and black cherry fruit, with fresh, taut tannins and violet aromatics. Perfectly ripened, they possess charming acidity that balances the gentle concentration. Graphite minerality and a swirl of hyacinth end your lovely Duero experience
Classic Ribera del Duero, brimming with fresh, husky blackberries at their zenith. Plum skin, rose, and polished blueberry aromas. Attractively perfumed, like a heady moment in the forest where dark red and black fruits hang waiting for their moment. Graceful and impressive, with lots of tannin and luscious balance. And that perfume just keeps reverberating
Peter Sisseck, of Hacienda Monasterio and Pingus fame, has created a modern "co-operative" with low yields and clean fields (no chemicals!). Stunning results. PSI smells of blueberries, peat, roses, and bark. Muscled like a wrestler, it still offers feminine touches of rose, jasmine, spice box. Blackberry, cocoa nibs, and beef jerky blossom out of this chalky-dry, complex, purple wonder of a wine
Sylvan berries are enveloped in herbs and bark. Provocative thyme, pansy, and boysenberry hints, and a mouth feel that is nothing short of tremendous, make for a glass of power and glory. The finesse may make you swoon, and you'll understand why Alejandro Fernandez is one of the world's revered winemakers
The smoky, meaty aromas are followed by a broad palette of tea leaf, blackberry, and tobacco. Richly layered, the wine is a full-bodied and perfectly balanced example of experienced winemaking - and she was made to last! The long finish is redolent of forest mystery, hide, and thyme. Showing all the right notes of elegant oxidation and wizened nobility
The aromas still flout perfect Ribera terroir– blackberry, peat, and autumn rain in the woods. The seduction continues in the mouth with a smooth texture and deep layers of blackberry, oak leaves, and almond, and dried blueberries. Appropriately oxidized, but still full of intriguing notes of wild mushroom and hide, notes of rosemary and spice on the finish
Light oak lets black raspberry and truffles shine through. A wisp of smoke accentuates the concentration of forest berries, which are still alive and going strong. Chocolate nuances complete the colorful, sensual picture. This is an elegant and deeply complex wine created by Alejandro Fernandez. Beautifully aged and maddeningly rare nowadays
What an expressive example of modern Ribera, from an outstanding vintage. It is profoundly inky with beautiful aromas of linzer cookie, blackberry, flowers, morcilla, and sasparilla. The layers ripple one by one first in the nose and then in the palate for a big mouth-filling, mind-moving wine experience. Spiced plum, juniper, and espresso notes resonate on the finish. Still a beauty after 20 years
Devilishly alluring aromatics – smoke, flint, blackberry, truffle, and pork. The Ribera terroir is expressed perfectly in the mouth with ripe blackberry, dead leaves, and the requisite funk of saddle and some sweaty baseball glove as well. The wine has achieved the greatness I always knew it would, and wears its years with brick-tinged yet full-bodied elegance and in-tact acidity. It is a thrill to see your children grow up and be so successful!
This traditional wine is an increasingly rare gem. Made before the hugeris-better fashion took hold, the Gran Reservas still show their blackberry fruit and pine forest aromas with the subtlety of a well-mannered diplomat rather than the tackle of a linebacker. At 30 years of age, the aromas are quite tertiary, but completely in tact, impressive, and arresting. Limited
I promise I aged this wine as carefully as they made it! I bought it back in 2005 when it was big and earthy, yet gratifyingly bright with blackberry and dark plum. The American oak is now seamlessly enmeshed with this aging beauty, and the texture has become sexily silky. Mellow and nuanced, the dark-hued fruit flavors still beguile and the light oxidation is like a balm
This Gran Reserva spent 30 months in old American oak and has been waiting patiently for you in the bottle ever since. Dark chocolate notes and fresh tobacco are a light spice on the black fruits, and the life-giving acidity is still present. 1994 was an excellent year, and I love how this traditionally made wine is still a thrill after all these years
Aged for 3 years in French oak, both large and small, this magnetic wine is a labyrinth of lushness. Red currant, red earth, and black peppercorns enrapt our nose; black tulip, beef, and allspice put your tongue in a trance. This is a wine for delving into deeply, be it to discuss or to dine, today or in 25 years. Yoga-minded tannins and sensual forest fruits, subtly spiced and gently cupped in fine, aged wood will impress most of your senses
The blackest of berries are safely ensconced in the loving folds of fine oak and manly tannins. They express themselves grandly after a splashy decant, in bold sentences of ripe fruit and exclamation points of dark forest smells. Big, promising, special
Gloriously deep, compelling aromas of plum, rose, cedar, and black raspberry. Exquisitely delicious now, the wine was built for cellaring. The once brawny tannins have become a thrilling silk. Juniper and heather lace the black-fruit finish
Here you have velvet magic, a sublime marriage of fruit, and wood, coming together in a way that allows life to begin. Blackberry, linzer, crisped lamb skin and black raspberry are an angelic chorus at this wedding. The wine embodies both the complexity and the elemental nature of vineyard life - water, earth, air, fire - and invites peace. The final notes leave you with cherry, rose, and riverbed
Profound and exotic, grounded in Ribera del Duero, deeply into its soil, but loftily unique. The cabernet is ripe, elegant, and supremely polite. Velvety, silky, pristine, and enormously pleasing like a skilled and sensuous lover, Único is a darker garnet of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, cocoa nib, and coffee berry. Spain's heart, her leader, her pride
A charming, raisiny aroma is tinged with molasses, dried plums, & sun-dried tomatoes. This inky purple dessert wine is thick & velvety, nothing short of a sweet, grapey, paradise! The tannins are a very good influence, adding purpose, balance, and a distinct chalkiness to the wine
Grape ambrosia!! Sweet and delightful, made from the rare Tintilla de Rota grape, this dessert or aperitif wine will have you smacking your lips and smiling. Light spice notes add a bit of energy to the peaceful depths of a decadently rich wine
Late harvested chardonnay grapes - something very seldom heard of in Spain, but very worth knowing! Sweet but not cloying, this thick, rich wine captures the sunshine of La Mancha in a smooth, liquid satin. Sultanas, candied orange peel, and lemon zest
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