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Two Spanish Wines From Whole Foods


I rather enjoyed both of these wines over the first two nights.  Though completely different, I enjoyed the Vendrell for its ruggedness and fair price.  I consistently preferred the dark flavors of the Fernandez Rivera.  Clark and Julia were able to have some of the wine and they too liked the Fernandez Rivera.  Now these were drunk at out of the most unfriendly disposable plastic cups that were at my hotel.  While these are not the ideal vessels for wine tasting, I must remain flexible on travel and also realize that we do drink wine out of plastic cups at picnics.  The fact that both wines were highly enjoyable in this setting speaks a lot.  So I recommend that you try both wines then submit comments for this post!

Vendrell Vineyard, Image from Ryan Opaz (flickr)

The Josep-Maria Vendrell is imported by Beaune Imports of Berkeley, California and costs $16.  the Bodega y Vinedos Fernandez Rivera is imported by Classical Wines of Seattle, Washington and costs $19.  They are available at Whole Foods.

2008 Josep-Maria Vendrell, Sere, Montsant
This wine is 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan from younger vines.  It is produced by the 28 year old Josep-Maria with help from his father and an old family friend.  I thought this best on the first night.  It showed plummy, red fruit, good texture, and rugged power.  But on the third night it became a jammy red fruited, overt wine.  My advice, drink it over the first two nights! ** Now-2015.

2004 Bodega y Vinedos Fernandez Rivera, Dehesa La Granja, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
This wine is 100% Tempranillo sourced from vines planted in 1998.  This wine is immediately enjoyable with its dark, ripe blue fruits.  This is smooth all around but not soft, there is a balanced amount of acidity to this weighty wine.  It is quite forward with its fruit.  This drank well over three nights without any gas. *** Now-2017.

18th Century Cellar,Image from Dehesa La Granja

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