This 100% Garnacha was produced in the Campo de Borja region of Spain and consistently offers great drinking value for its meager price. It's made from 100 year old vineyards and rests for three months in French and American oak casks.
91 points Wine Spectator 2011
"This fleshy red delivers a rich core of blackberry and blueberry compote, accented by toasty vanilla, sweet licorice and cinnamon spice. Well-integrated tannins give this backbone. A bold, modern style. Drink now through 2017."
Viña Los Valles was the first organic wine from Bodegas Vinícola Real, launched in 2000. It is also our first "official" staff pick! Vinicola Real uses only organic, natural farming practices thus preserving the natural cycles of the earth, and letting the soils recover and recycle themselves using ancestral agronomical methods. This attenion to the ecosystem results in genuine, natural, honest wines which respect and reflect their terroir.
90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, the grapes are harvested manually in 15-kilo tubs from vines with an average age of more than 25 years. “Deep ruby red with complex aromas of spices and forest scents. Powerful on the palate, with a good structure and hints of soft tannins and spices on the long, elegant finish”. $13.99
Mercat Cava aims to evoke the same spirit of community, liveliness, and tradition as seen at Barcelona’s Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria. The Cava is made using traditional methods in the cellars of El Xamfra, where Francisco Dominguez hand crafts every bottle with the utmost attention and care. The Mercat Cava spends a minimum of 18 months aging on its lees and is finished with a very low dosage, allowing the chalky soils on which the old indigenous vines are grown, to shine through on the palate.
Unlike Champagne, the DO Cava designation is defined by a specific practice of winemaking, rather than a region where wine is made. There are over six regions with the DO Cava status, though over 90% of production is from the Penedes region. The town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is the unofficial Cava capital in the heart of Penedes, home of many top producers, including El Xamfra. The Macabeo, Xarel.lo & Parellada grapes are vinified in the traditional method and aged for 18 months (twice the minimum for the DO). The vines are about 15-40 years old, planted on calcerous and clay soils.
In the glass, this sparkling has a delicate bead and a soft golden color. The nose bursts with rich pear, green apple and hints of cream. On the palate, the wine shows great finesse and balance with notes of papaya and pear rounded out with hints of hazelnuts, finishing with crisp acidity and freshness. $16.99
In 1972, Bodegas LAN was founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin of Spain: La Rioja; Alava; Navarra. Bodegas LAN is located in the heart of Rioja Alta. The vineyard is situated in a breathtaking portion of the River Ebro. The vineyard occupies an area in which the climate, river and soil endow already exceptional grapes with a unique personality.
"Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious. Drink now through 2014. 200,000 cases made." – 90 Pts from Wine Spectator.
On the nose it smells of sour cherries, herbs, forest undergrowth, mulch, and mushrooms. It’s palate delivers herbal and rustic qualities, with enough tannin to help it pair well with hearty food. It is dry, well-balanced and showing great development. Cold starters, pasta and cheeses will pair exceptionally well with this wine.