Saturday Tasting Archive:Happy Summer, Tasting of fine Spanish wines June 22,2013

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This is the first official summer tasting. We are featuring Aviva wines with Mercedes our favorite Spanish wine expert.
Stop by for the fiesta, here’s the post mortem:

Bodegas Naia Las Brisas Rueda 2011 See details Bodegas Naia Las Brisas Rueda 2011 save 15% through June 27

89 Points – International Wine Cellar, September 2012
“(50% verdejo, 30% viura and 20% sauvignon blanc): “Great summer sipper, it will remind you of a crisp Sauv Blanc” Rich Mora

Sonim Brut Reserva NV See details  Sonim Brut Reserva NV save 15% through June 27

88 Points – International Wine Cellar, November 2009
“(40% parellada and 30% each of macabeo and xarel-lo): “High quality methode Champenoise for a song. And it shows the proper bottle age which is important to meld the flavors and round off any sharp edges” Rich

Pazos del Rey Sila Mencia Monterrei 2010 See details Pazos del Rey Sila Mencia Monterrei 2010 save 15% through June 27

90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September 2012: We sold out but are getting more, that says it all. It was the lightest of the line up

Bodegas Aletta Granate Garnacha Campo de Borja 2008 See details  Bodegas Aletta Granate Garnacha Campo de Borja 2008 save 15% through June 27

90 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2010
“It is juicy with nice round Garnacha flavors, raspberry and a touch of terroir, very forward with just a little barrel age the fruit really comes through” Rich

Celler Barbara Fores El Templari Terra Alta 2010 See details Celler Barbara Fores El Templari Terra Alta 2010 save 20% through June 27

90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2012
“I love tasting new flavor profiles and the Morenillo grape that makes up 1/2 of the blend has a unique flavor. It is intense with good acidity and some hints of ground white and black pepper behind the pure raspberry fruit.  The tannins and barrel treatment give it good structure and ageworthiness. Give this one time to breath  ” Rich

Finca Luzon Alma de Luzon 2005 See details Finca Luzon Alma de Luzon 2005  save 20% through June 27

92 Points – International Wine Cellar, November/December 2010: The 2005 sold out instantly, it was (if you have a bottle it still is) a great wine. A lot like the famous “Clio” from Juan Gil. Let’s not dwell on what we can no longer have.
(70% monastrell, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 10% syrah) Opaque ruby. Black raspberry, potpourri, spicy underbrush and coconutty oak on the nose. Shows alluringly silky texture and intensity, with a light touch to its sweet strawberry and dark berry flavors and a gentle oak note in the background. A pretty, well-balanced wine that blends power with finesse and finishes with excellent clarity and vibrancy. 92 points92 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2009

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