Category: spain

2016 Celler Xavier Clua Il-lusió Terra Alta

2016 Celler Xavier Clua Il-lusió Terra Alta

Happy Wine Wednesday! Enjoying this Catalan white! Green and golden apples, cashews, lemon, and bready notes on the nose. Apples and lemon on the palate with a hint of lime and raw nuts thrown in. 

3/5 bones

$$

Grenache Blanc

13.5% abv

Catalonia, SPAIN

2016 Comando G “La Bruja de Rozas” Sierra de G…

2016 Comando G “La Bruja de Rozas” Sierra de Gredos

Chillin’ like a villain with my Squishable sheeb friend here and this awesome Garnacha from Madrid! Wonderfully aromatic on the nose with red flowers, raspberries, overripe strawberries and cranberries. Very Thanksgiving on the nose with whiffs of cranberry sauce, cinnamon, and pie. Still very aromatic on the palate with strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Light on its feet but still packs a punch. Awesome stuff. Fun and light but seriously powerful at the same time. 

5/5 bones

$$

Garnacha (Grenache)

14.5% abv

Madrid, SPAIN

2015 Orowines Bluegray

2015 Orowines Bluegray

It’s snowing today. And it’s April. So. I need all kinds of vino to get through this. This is a modern, New World kind of vino. Plums, cherries, strawberries, and chocolate on the nose. Similar on the palate with vanilla and wood notes. Ripe.

3/5 bones

$$

Garnacha (45%), Mazuelo (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%)

15% abv

Priorat, SPAIN

2015 Orowines Bluegray

2015 Orowines Bluegray

It’s snowing today. And it’s April. So. I need all kinds of vino to get through this. This is a modern, New World kind of vino. Plums, cherries, strawberries, and chocolate on the nose. Similar on the palate with vanilla and wood notes. Ripe.

3/5 bones

$$

Garnacha (45%), Mazuelo (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%)

15% abv

Priorat, SPAIN

2017 Bodegas Zudugarai “Antxiola” Txakoli

2017 Bodegas Zudugarai “Antxiola” Txakoli

A little Basque wine for this Thirsty Thursday! All grapes are hand-harvested and the wines are fermented naturally in stainless steel. Bottled young to retain some freshness and effervescence. Lemon and lime on the nose with oyster shell, tangerine notes, and a hint of roasted marshmallow. Similar on the palate with racy acidity, nice salinity and minerality.

4/5 bones

$

Hondarrabi Zuri (90%), Hondarrabi Beltza (10%)

11% abv

Basque, SPAIN

2017 Bodegas Zudugarai “Antxiola” Txakoli

2017 Bodegas Zudugarai “Antxiola” Txakoli

A little Basque wine for this Thirsty Thursday! All grapes are hand-harvested and the wines are fermented naturally in stainless steel. Bottled young to retain some freshness and effervescence. Lemon and lime on the nose with oyster shell, tangerine notes, and a hint of roasted marshmallow. Similar on the palate with racy acidity, nice salinity and minerality.

4/5 bones

$

Hondarrabi Zuri (90%), Hondarrabi Beltza (10%)

11% abv

Basque, SPAIN

2016 Bodegas Gerardo Mendez Albariño do Ferrei…

2016 Bodegas Gerardo Mendez Albariño do Ferreiro

I managed to drag myself out of bed to drink some vino with you all. And this Albariño was well worth it. Lemon, lime, sea salt, and scallop shell on the nose. Meyer lemons and underripe pineapple on the palate with a pinch of salt and sea shells. Cheers to weekend!

4/5 bones

$$

Albariño

13.5% abv

Rias Baixas, SPAIN

2016 Bodegas Gerardo Mendez Albariño do Ferrei…

2016 Bodegas Gerardo Mendez Albariño do Ferreiro

I managed to drag myself out of bed to drink some vino with you all. And this Albariño was well worth it. Lemon, lime, sea salt, and scallop shell on the nose. Meyer lemons and underripe pineapple on the palate with a pinch of salt and sea shells. Cheers to weekend!

4/5 bones

$$

Albariño

13.5% abv

Rias Baixas, SPAIN

2016 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca

2016 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca

Warming up with a Jumilla on this blustery, windy Monday in the Windy City. Purple flowers, dark plums, crushed berries, and some Szechuan peppercorn notes on the nose. Unctuous, round, and smooth on the palate – almost like a Merlot but with a bit more bite on the finish. Loads of plums, violets, and berries. Quite nice! Pass me some Manchego or a good hearty stew for this guy!

4/5 bones

$$

Monastrell (95%), Garnacha (5%)

14.5% abv

Jumilla, SPAIN

2016 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca

2016 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca

Warming up with a Jumilla on this blustery, windy Monday in the Windy City. Purple flowers, dark plums, crushed berries, and some Szechuan peppercorn notes on the nose. Unctuous, round, and smooth on the palate – almost like a Merlot but with a bit more bite on the finish. Loads of plums, violets, and berries. Quite nice! Pass me some Manchego or a good hearty stew for this guy!

4/5 bones

$$

Monastrell (95%), Garnacha (5%)

14.5% abv

Jumilla, SPAIN