I was able to make it to the Wine Cellar in Palatine on Saturday for the Spanish Wine tasting being held by Thirsty1 at his shop. I was impressed with the shop, the people and the quality of the wines being sampled. All of the wines I tried were red and presented a very dark and concentrated appearance. The prices are the tasting day sale prices. Here are some of my notes:
RIBERA DEL DUERO (Temperanillo)
~1999 Condado de Haza($15)- Impressive. My favorite Ribera. Even better than the 1995 Tinto Pesquera Gran Riserva which cost $90+. Spicy aroma but very smooth and understated with well integrated tannins. Old world style. 90-91.
~1998 Tinto Pesquera($17)- A bit sharp and rough with a woody texture. 84-86.
~1997 Tinto Pesquera Reserva($41)- Initial barnyard aroma faded after a little glass time. Fruitiest of the Riberas. Needs time for the tannins to settle. 88-89.
~1995 Tinto Pesquera Gran Reserva($82)- It sure is nice to go to a free tasting and have a $90-100 bottle of wine available. Inky black. Smooth and deep with a peasantly bitter finish. 89-90.
~1994 Montecillo Gran Reserva($22)- Good legs. Full rich fruit. Med/long finish. Drinking very well now. 89-91.
~1997 Bodegas Muga Reserva($14)- Good nose with a touch of barnyard. Aged 2 years in oak and 1 in bottle. Medium/full bodied. Spicy pepper taste mixed with dark fruit. 87-88.
~1995 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea($28)- Burgundy/brown hue. Aged 3 years in oak. Big fruit aroma. Smooth, well integrated wine. 88-90.
~1996 Bodegas Muga Torre($42)- Muga's top wine from an excellent vintage. Old vines, late harvest, special selection, 18 months in oak. Very dark. Great chocolate aroma. Deep, rich flavors of cherry and dark fruit. Very long finish. 91-93.
~1999 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses($22)- Forgot to take notes on this one. All I wrote was 88 points.
~1998 Fra Fulco($37)- The best wine of the tasting. 80% Carignane, 20% Syrah. Old vines & unfiltered. Smells very portlike. Candied fruit flavors with an appealingly sweet edge. Long, long finish. Very intricate. Great with red meat. Will last 10+ years. 92-94.
~1999 Capcanes Cabrida Tarragona($36)- 100% Granacha. Tannic now. Needs time but has sufficient fruit to age 20 years. Interesting spicey notes. 89-90.
~2000 Casa Castillo Monastrell Jumilla($15)- Nice floral bouquet. Violet and spice notes. 86-88.
~1999 Telmo Rodriguez Pago la Jara "G"($30)- Slick bottle with an etched "G" on it. From the Toro region in Northwest Spain. Thick legs. Smooth and elegant with pepper, herb and cherry notes. 89-91.
~1998 Bodegas Fernandez Dehesa La Granja($20)- From the Zamora region. Lost notes. 87-88 points.
~1999 Bodegas Fernandez El Vinculo($22)- From the La Mancha region. A dark gripping wine. Tannic now. Needs time but could evolve into something very nice. 87-89.
Thanks again to Thirsty1 and Tastewine2 for the hospitality.
[ 08-05-2002, 04:40 PM: Message edited by: Vino Me ]