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Wine Spectator: "Ripe plum and chocolate flavors have a slightly candied character in this round, supple red, backed by sweet-tart acidity and light tannins that give way to a fresh finish. Drink now. 8,500 cases imported. (TM, Web-2016)" K&L Notes: In the region of Cariñena, the Garnacha grape variety finds a lovely expression, one which is less high octane and lighter on its feet than in some of the neighboring regions. This easy drinker is a terrific bargain for anyone looking for a house red or a wine for a celebration.
The best Cabernet Sauvignon under $10 that I have tasted in nearly 9 years of working here. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer) This was produced from a 30-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the Vino de la Tierra de Castilla appellation (a large swath of land in the region of La Mancha), this Cab has delicious, balanced dark currant fruit, and a subtle influence from a six-month stint in American oak barrels. This nicely priced Spanish Cabernet has been a staff favorite for two vintages running.
Jesús Puelles is one of the most talented vignerons in Rioja. Hailing from a long line of vineyard worker/owners, Puelles knows the terruño in his little slice of land in the Rioja Alta town of Abalos. Most of the grapes for his red wines come from his own 20 hectares, which are north-facing and located at 600 meters in altitude, affording the visitor with one of the most dramatically beautiful views of Rioja's main mountain ranges: the Sierra Cantabria mountains immediately to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda mountains to the south. This white win... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Ercavio Roble is pure Tempranillo that followed a classical vinification, fermentation in stainless steel, malolactic fermentation in cement and a short aging (six months) in used French barriques. The nose is very classic, too, nicely crafted, fine with a nice combination between berry and spice with subtle oak. It has a commercial profile in a very pleasant way. The palate shows very good volume and a fine texture with elegant tannins. It tastes like a much more expensive wine. This is superb value and a faithful representation of Tempranillo ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced from a non-irrigated, single vineyard planted with 100% Monastrell. Aged in both tank and French oak, it comes from 60-80-year-old vines planted in limestone soils at a relatively high elevation of over 1,600 feet. Its opaque purple color is followed by copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, camphor, licorice, white flowers and a chalky limestone/dusty character. Full-bodied, rich and well-balanced, it is an in ...Read More »
This delicious, SOUR cider is wildly popular in San Sebastian, where locals down it by the glass with pintxos (tapas). Redolent of apples (no surprises there) on the nose, the palate is tangy, very slightly fizzy (think txacoli or Vinho Verde fizz, not sparkling wine fizz), only 6% ABV and a joy to drink. That having been said, it's really quite tangy, and not for everyone. However, if you are a fan of either A) hard cider B) geuze, fruit lambics or Flemish sour ales or C) any naturally made, local specialty product then I think you have a winner on your... Read More »
Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They are entirely self reliant in grapes, all of which are grown in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. This is made from Tempranillo grown in iron rich clay soils. In fact, this red tin... Read More »
Made from Airén and Macabeo grapes, plus herbs sourced in the Pyrenees mountains and citrus from the Mediterranean, this deliciously dry vermouth is an homage to its Catalan origins. With bright juniper and lemon aromas, plus a touch of savory brininess, this is a fantastic aperitif or addition to a classic martini.
From the brewery: "Lervig Aktiebryggeri has been a true friend to Edge Brewing and has warmly welcomed us into the craft beer community. So when we were able to arrange a collaboration, it needed to reflect our friendship and the shared good times. Pure Decadence really sums this up. Due to demand we have moved this great beer to our annual line up. Best when enjoyed with a friend. Developed over many trips to visit our friends at Lervig Brewing in Norway. This collaboration is dark & rich with a great roast, sweet flavor & alcohol back bone to balan... Read More »
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A red vermouth made in Reus, Spain from primarily Macabeo grapes. Spanish red vermouths tastes sweeter and less bitter than their Italian counterparts, even though there is roughly 1/3 less actual sugar than an Italian rosso. This example retains aromatic red fruit and orange characteristics with cleansing herbal notes of oregano and anise.