Nisia, Rueda Verdejo Old Vines 2016
From Jorge Ordoñez &Company in Rueda, Northern Spain comes this excellent expression of the Verdejo grape varietal. This highly perfumed white wine exhibits floral notes, as well as juicy stone fruit flavors. The finish is nicely characterized by a lingering punch of acidity that leaves your mouth watering.
Price $17.99 Tasting $15.29
Txomin Etxaniz, Getariako Txakolina Getaria White 2017
Txakolí is a fresh, white wine from Spain’s Basque country that has steadfastly remained the same for centuries.
Txomin Etxaniz, located in the heart of Getaria, has maintained its dedication to cultivating vines and making txakoli for generations. With it’s yellow-green color, fruity aromas and slight fizz in the mouth, this is a refreshing wine to serve with salted and oily starters and seafood.
Llenca Plana Montsant 2016
Xavier Cedó harvests the Carignane and Garnacha grapes for this wine amongst olive and cherry trees in Montsant, Catalunya. The winery is located in La Serra d’Almos where respectful viticulture is practiced. The wine takes the name of the vineyard where it hails and means, “Flat Stone”, after the shape of the property The wine is complex and fuller-bodied with concentrated fruit and baking spice notes obtained from six months in French & American oak.
Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina, Rioja Gran Reserva 2010
The aristocratic family name of Ramírez de la Piscina dates to the middle ages. Tthe family has been cultivating and producing wines in Rioja for generations.
Their Gran Reserva is ultra-classic with added layers of richness and just the perfect level of extraction. Dense, polished, pure—simply a pitch-perfect, top-tier Rioja at an absurd value.
An intense nose of balsamic wood and musk against a background of red berries and earthiness. In the mouth it is big, soft and easy to drink but at the same time increasingly tasty and full as the wine opens up.
Price $29.99 Tasting $25.49
Bodegas Teso La Monja, Almirez Toro 2015
This sensational, full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more. This large estate in Toro is owned by the Eguren family, who also owns the Dominio de Eguren winery. This value-priced cuvées, primarily fashioned from old vines planted between 1880 and 1999, is from head-pruned vines and represent impressive quality.
Price $32.99 Tasting $28.04