14th Annual Kiwanis Duck Race
Notes on the winetasting: My hands down favorites were the Finca Allende Finca Nueva Blanca for finesse and value, the Avanthia Rose for serious exotic points and El Puntido for sheer class. You’ve got to come to these tastings, they keep getting better and better.
Finca Allende Finca Nueva Blanco 2009
Nose has notes of lemon curd pastry, pear and vanillin. Fleshy on the palate with round pear tart flavors and some citrus zing, mineral notes in the finish.
Made from Viura aged 4 months in French oak with regular batonage. Very balanced and tasty.
Avanthia Rose Valdeorras 2010
Extremely limited! Made from 100% Mencia grapes, only 80 cases were brought to the US for this (first) vintage. Nose smells like watermelon candy and, raspberry and strawberry. Palate is very full-bodied and fleshy, it is off dry but with enough stuffing and acidity to make it excellent for food. The palate follows the nose with mainly berry flavors, then hints of vanilla, anise and all spice kick in. Serve with sushi, barbecue, sausage and peppers, or by itself. One of my favorites, very unique
Bodegas Cepa 21 Hito Ribera Del Duero 2008
This is a new project by one of Ribera del Duero’s best producers Bodegas Emilio Moro. This wine is very aromatic with spicy currant and raspberry notes with mineral and a slight scent of crushed stone, what I call “Cantabrian dust”. The palate is very round with intense, high berry tones and a lovely concentration
Bodegas Nekeas Vegas Sindoa El Chaparral Garnacha 2008
This Navarrone wine is sourced from old (60-100 year) vines growing in the higher elevations among the scrub oak called “Chaparral”. This one is a bit more rustic than the Hit0. The old vines give it great concentration and juicy berry aromas but it is interlaced with slightly gamey, meaty notes. In the finish hints of mineral come out, it is a very classy Garnacha.
Tarima Hill Monastrell Alicante 2009
Mr. Ordonez has found a gold mine of old vine Monastrell in the area of Jumilla and Alicante which he is capitalizing on to produce some seriously over-achieving wines. Taste the wine and guess the price, you will be stunned. The passion fruit flower label is pretty cool too. It has super ripe aromas of berry with mocha and a fat and unctuous finish.
El Puntido Vinedos de Paganos Rioja 2005
I fell in love with this wine tasting it in Spain and visiting the amazing vineyards owned by the Euguren family, including El Puntido. Napa Cabs have “Rutherford dust” and this great, old vine Rioja (El Puntido was planted in the 1940′s) have “Sierra Cantabria dust” in them. After an hour of breathing, the fine tannins resolve and the the aromas soar out of the glass. The nos is of ripe cherry, cassis, hints of old leather and what I like to call “Cantabrian dust” and hints of graphite. The palate is lush, smooth and seamless truly amazing.