Water-light straw yellow color. Medium intensity aromas of toasted almont, burnt wood, smoke, flint, pine nuts, and wool. Dry on the palate, light body, medium-low acidity, and light flavors of almonds, minerality, and chalk; dry medium finish. Pair with olives or fare containing lots of fresh herbs. Recommended.
Pale straw yellow color. Light intensity aromas of apple, almond, yeast, and savory herbs. Dry on the palate, light body, medium-low acidity, and light flavors of almond, dried apricots, and wet stones; dry medium finish. Match with salty foods like nuts, hard cheeses, and cured meats. Highly recommended.
As a wine professional, I was a bit embarrassed at how little I knew about the Spanish wine region of Ribera del Duero before I traveled there in June. Maybe I should not have been—it is famous in the UK, but in the US we barely know the name.
Clear, bright, ruby red color. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, baking spice, oak, and Good & Plenty. Dry, medium-light tannin, low acid, medium-light body. Red fruits and diluted savory herbs on the palate. Very short finish. Let it open for a bit before drinking, otherwise, not recommended.
I was introduced to Altos de Luzón, a wine from Jumilla, this past winter and was entranced by a small, relatively unknown wine region in southeast Spain that has been growing grapes and making wine for over 5,000 years. When I was planning a holiday in Spain, Jumilla was my go-to destination.
A fairly traditional winery in Rioja produces this wine from 50-year-old viura vines, blended with a little malvasia. The nose is aromatic, as you’d expect. On the palate it is reminiscent of Chablis, but the flavors are more gentle and rounder, especially toward the end. A bit of steeliness re-awakens in a slightly citric finish; very dry. Recommended.
Here is a elegant and earthy red from Spain’s Catalonian region and the Montsant D.O. Very tight when first opened, with aromas of bittersweet chocolate and black tea. It gives up its secrets slowly and you’ll be rewarded by keeping it in the glass and returning to it. It slowly opens up on the palate with layers of dark blackberries and spice (cumin, for one). This wine would work well with grilled kebabs or even Indian food.