Jimenez-Landi’s old-vine, high-altitude Spanish Garnacha

The 2015 Jimenez-Landi, Las Uvas de la Ira, Mentrida is made from Garnacha located on granite soils west of Madrid.  This area is a mountain range known as Sierra de Gredos.  I have previously enjoyed a few of the wines Jimenez-Landi made for the Commando G label which also come from this area.  This particular wine is very fresh, with lovely strawberry flavor and plenty of presence in the mouth.  This is a fresh wine to drink over the next year.

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2015 Jimenez-Landi, Las Uva de la Ira, Mentrida – $24
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is 100% Garnacha sourced from vines averaging 60 years of age on Granite soils.  It was fermented in vat then aged in foudre.  Alcohol 14.5%. Very fresh in the mouth reinforced a hint of spritz on the tongue.  Open flavors of ripe, textured strawberry fruit tastes of a natural wine with fleeting hints of yeast.  Good presence with mid-weight and mid-density.  It finishes with complex flavors of a Manhattan with a cherry.  *** Now – 2020.

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To drink now, 2012 Domaine de Verquiere, Vacqueyras

I see from my posts that I first drank the 2012 Domaine de Verquiere, Vacqueyras nearly five years ago.  It has now shed its baby fat taking on complex bitters and wood box flavors.  I find it a solid choice for a mature Vacqueyras.  A few bottles resurfaced on the shelves at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de Verquiere, Vacqueyras – $27
Imported by Esprit du Vin.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20$ Syrah, and 10% Cinsault fermented in concrete vats then aged in a mix of tanks and foudre.  Alcohol 14%.  Cherry fruit propelled by clear watering acidity moves through this focused wine.  It is an inky, lipsticky wine with complex flavors of bitters and spiced tannins.  It is entering maturing with some wood box, though still retains a bit of structure.  Of modest weight.  *** Now – 2022.

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For the table: 2016 La Janasse, Cotes du Rhone

The 2016 Domaine de la Janasse, Cotes du Rhone is a wine you can purchase by the case to drink over the next several years.  It has some youthfulness right now but there is enough density to the fruit that when coupled with quality acidity and structure, will see it evolve across several years.  I purchased this bottle at MacArthur Beverages.

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2016 Domaine de la Janasse, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah, and Cinsault that was aged 6 to 9 months in vat.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Youthful and clean with a bit of dense, black fruit.  Watering acidity and supportive structure will see this wine through the next several years.  It finishes with baking spices and a little cocoa.  A good value.  **(*) Now – 2024.

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Saline Syrah from Morocco

The 2014 Domaine des Ouled Thaleb, Syrocco, Syrah Zenata, Morocco is the result of a joint effort between Domaine des Ouled Thaleb and Alain Graillot, a Northern Rhone wine producer.  Syrah is the red grape of the Northern Rhone and it shows to good effect in this wine.  I find there is a distinct salinity throughout this blackberry flavored wine.  It is a fun wine to share with friends.  I purchased my bottle at MacArthur Beverages and ordered it off the list at St. Anselm DC.

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2014 Domaine des Ouled Thaleb, Syrocco, Syrah Zenata, Morocco – $25
Imported by Europvin.  This wine is 100% Syrah fermented in concrete vats then aged for 15 months in tank and large oak casks.  Alcohol 13%.  Salty with blackberries and though maturing, it clearly has staying power.  There is fine texture from the structure and supportive acidity.  The salinity is remarkable.  **(*) Now – 2024.

The Must-Try 2012 Coupe-Roses, Orience

For the past two months I have gone back, again and again, to buy more of the 2012 Chateau Coupe-Roses, Orience, Minervois.  This is the top cuvee of Chateau Coupe-Roses and being of the 2012 vintage, it is benefiting from maturity.  The Minervois strength comes through but this wine is primarily about dark fruit coupled with earth, minerals, and a touch of baking spice.  It is a fantastic combination that will peak within the next year or two.  I almost regret posting about it as I do not know what can replace it at this price.

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2012 Chateau Coupe-Roses, Orience, Minervois – $17
Imported by Vintage ’59.  This wine is a blend of mostly Syrah with some Grenache and old-vine Carignan.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Some brambly fruit on the nose.  In the mouth this is mineral with a touch of earth before flavors of fruit, leaning towards black, come out.  A polished wine with supportive acidity, it comes across with understated density.  With air notes of salinity, cinnamon, and even more minerals develop.  Good focus for more development.  ***(*) Now – 2025.

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Austrian Pet-Nat for the Summer

The 2018 Meinklang, Frizzante Rose, Austria is a perfect selection for the summer.  It is floral, fruity, and creamy with bubbles.  It is quite flavorful yet low in alcohol so you can drink a few glasses without effect.  The price point is reasonable allowing you to grab a few bottles for the upcoming hot weekend in DC.  I see that I am behind in my notes.  John first recommended this wine to me back in the Spring so I have gone through a few bottles since.  Fortunately, it is still on the shelves at MacArthur Beverages.

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2018 Meinklang, Frizzante Rose, Austria – $18
A Zev Rovine Selection imported by Fruit of the Vines.  This is a blend of Blaufrankish, Zweigelt, and St Laurent.  Alcohol 10.5%.  A medium, rose petal color.  Hints of ripeness then a very lively burst of floral fruit before sweeter bubbles dissipate in a creamy, gentle finish.  *** Now.

It Tastes of Stone: 2017 Mas Olivier, Parfum de Schistes

The soils of Faugeres mainly consist of schist and the 2017 Mas Olivier, Parfum de Schistes, Faugeres clearly reflects this fact.  It is a youthful styled wine with black fruit, stones, and lively acidity.  I imagine it might peak in the new year.  I picked up my bottle at MacArthur Beverages.

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2017 Mas Olivier, Parfum de Schistes, Faugeres – $15
Imported by Tap Wines.  This wine is a blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14%.  Good perfume  on the nose.  In the mouth, clean black fruit mixes with finely textured extract.  As promised, minerals and stones act as a backbone for this wine enlivened by fresh acidity and finished with puckering tannins.  Youthful in nature, this should be drunk within a few years.  **(*) Now – 2022.

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