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Thursday
Oct252012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 10/25/12: The State of Affairs

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings wine drinkers,

This week has been an inventory counting week, meaning there is not much new stuff.  That said, I did have the opportunity to fully examine the state of the inventory (as well as to listen to Billy Joel's The Stranger; such a classic record and great music to count bottles of wine to, "bottle of red, bottle of white," c'mon it's perfect). I'm happy to report that the state of the Spanish, Portuguese, and South American inventory is strong. There are a few wines which I noticed we still have very small quantities of which you may want to check out before they disappear forever.

2007 Vinya Sanfeliu Tempranillo Costers del Segre - $17.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1062758

Hippy wine. No sulphur added.  When this 100% tempranillo is on its 'A' game, it's delicious.

2009 Jimenez-Landi "El Reventon" Garnacha vino de la tierra de Castilla y Leon - $69.99

2009 Bernabeleva Garnacha de Viña Bonita Vinos de Madrid - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1077415

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1107183

Having recently visited both of these bodegas (and in Bernabeleva's case, the vineyards as well) I can confirm what I suspected earlier: these are among the best wines in all of Spain right now. All garnacha, all whole cluster; garnacha made by people who want to take grenache back to its rightful place, where clairty, terroir expression and energy dominate. Fans of Rayas, Vieux Donjon, Eric Texier...take note.

2009 Vera de Estenas "PG" Madurado en Barrica Bobal Utiel-Requeña - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1064681

Rustic, gritty wine from a pretty fierce, rustic grape.  Bobal can be fairly high in acid and tannin, though this expression does have some tasty fruit to balance things out. Very interesting wine for the price, not for the fruit fanatics but rather for the "make mine traditional" crowd.

*Lots of goodies coming in next week: a large spread of Lopez de Heredia wines - including current release of the '91 Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva and one of my all time faves, 1981 Bosconia Gran Reserva. Also, some killer wines from Vega de Ribes in the "garraf" sub-zone of the Penedes.

Saludos,

-Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com

 

Wednesday
Feb162011

Wine of the Week: 2007 Ponce "La Casilla"

Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Jumilla, Rueda. The list of Spanish appellations you should know about gets longer every year. Add to it now the D.O. of Manchuela, the source of this week's Wine Blogging Wednesday-inspired Wine of the Week: the 2007 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" ($21.99). (Thanks Catavino for putting this together.) Just north of Jumilla and west of Alicante, and flanked by the Jucar and Cabriel rivers, Manchuela's 30 or so wineries are defined by a continental climate, with long, hot, dry summers, and limestone subsoils covered by clay. Of the eight red and five white varietals approved for the D.O., the one that's most intriguing is Bobal, a dark, bluish-red-skinned indigenous berry with firm tannins medium acidity. 

For years the wines made from Bobal would go into blends or rosés, but the Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" proves that in the right hands Bobal makes fantastic, full-throttled varietal wine. The 15 hectares if vineyards that make up the Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce estate are owned and run by the family of Juan Antonio Ponce, who also leases another two dozen vineyards. The grapes for this wine come from biodynamically farmed vineyards ranging in age from 30-70 years. Within those vineyards, seven distinct parcels of sand, clay and limestone soils were identified and vinified separately, utilizing native yeasts and carbonic maceration, finishing malo in different sizes of French oak barrels, where it ages for 10 months.

The resulting wine smells like plums and cherries roasted over a campfire with wild lavender and rosemary. You can even smell the hot rocks that confine the flames. In the mouth the wine is intense, lacking the jammy quality you expect from something carbonic. Instead it's a summer fruit basket full of sweet raspberry and brambles, tangy cherry and savory plum. There's a dusting of spice that isn't overwhelming, and the wildness from the nose carries through, flecked with mineral stoniness and a thread of black licorice. The tannins are perceptible, but well integrated, and the alcohol is kept in check by solid acidity. Fascinating, unique and fun to drink, this is a must-try for anyone who digs Spanish wine.