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Spanish Wines with Jan and Rick


Steve, Erica, Bryan, Jan, Rick, Aaron, and Valerie

This past weekend Jan and Rick hosted a Spanish themed dinner.  Each couple brought a course and wine to go with it.  We started off with glasses of Monistrol Cava on the deck, surrounded by candles, and pictures from their trip to Spain.  Erica and Bryan brought out appetizers of roasted peppers with sherry vinegar and fresh herbs along with puffs stuffed with anchovies and other goodies.  This was accompanied by the Papirusa sherry.  We then moved inside to tuck into the meatballs in a tomato sauce and tortilla which were washed down by the Torremilanos, Cyclo brought by Jenn and myself.  The pork-fest continued when Jan and Rick brought out a massive platter of roast pork accompanied by onions, a Pedro Ximenez based sauce, and spinach.  We debated the “rock star” description of the Celler Cecilio as it did not induce us to start trashing the dinning room.  Instead there was an ah-ha moment when we found notes of stone.  Finally, everyone made room for Steve and Valerie’s Machego, Mahon, and spicy Spanish sausage.  More glasses quickly appeared so we could try their Los Arcos, La Gitana, and Finca Sobreno wines.  I did not write down any tasting note so I have included my impressions below.

Bodegas Marques de Monistrol, Seleccion Especial Brut, Cava
This is a blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada.  This is the sister cuvee to the Brut Rose that just was just Commended with two stars from Decanter.  An approachable, easy to drink Cava with soft, small bubbles with a light, central vein of sweet apples and citrus.  It finished clean. ** Now.

2006 Finca Torremilanos, Cyclo, Ribera del Duero
Finca Torremilanos is imported by Grapes of Spain.  This is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Blanca del Pais sourced from the 85-year-old Roble Viejo vineyard and the 150 year old Senoritas vineyard.  This drank great one hour after being double-decanted.  A medium strength nose of dark cherries and black berries that continue in the mouth.  The rich, concentrated flavors have a lovely texture and expand through the mouth and juicy finish.  The wine was balanced and not heavy so it was an easy, pleasurable drink.  Will easy last for many years to come but is lovely to drink right now. **** Now-2019.

2008 Celler Cecilio, Negre, Priorat
Celler Cecilio is imported by Vin de Terra Imports of Springfield, Virginia.  This is a blend of 50% Red Grenache, 20% Carignan, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah.  The grapes were fermented in stainless steel using natural yeasts then rested for six months in stainless steel and used oak before bottling.  This showed redder fruit with aromas and flavors of raspberries that were supported by lively acidity.  Described as a “rock star” wine there are mineral flavors in this wild and structured wine. *** Now-2017.

2007 Finca Sobreno, Toro
Finca Sobreno is imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 30-year-old vines.  The grapes were fermented in stainless steel then aged for seven months in American oak.  A pleasurable, ripe wine of dark berries, that is drinking well now. ** Now.

Lustau, Papirusa, Light Manzanilla
Lustau, Los Arcos, Dry Amontillado
Hidalgo, La Gitana, Manzanilla
I only took a picture of the Los Arcos.  The Papirusa was dry, salty, and very crisp.  The Los Arcos was rather enjoyable with the dry flavors of  nuts, green apple acidity, and hints of sweetness. Not Rated.

Steve, Bryan, Rick, Valerie, Jenn, Aaron, and Jan

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