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The Engaging Wines of De Maison Selections


Cork Market and Tasting Room

This past week I was able to attend the De Maison Selections Mini-Portfolio show hosted by Bacchus Importers at the Cork Market & Tasting Room.  De Maison Selections was founded by Andre Tamers in 1996 focusing on unique wines from Spain and France.  I have enjoyed many of their wines from such producers as D. Ventura, Dominio de Bibei, and Bodegas Ostatu.  So I was quite excited to be introduced to Andre and Steven Alexander.  Andre has an infectious enthusiasm for wine.  On this tour he brought three winery owners who both grow their own grapes and produce their own wines.  I found that many of the wines were quite satisfying and enjoyable to drink.  I particularly liked the Do Ferriero and Amazade Albarinos, the 2010 Sastre, Tinto and 2009 Sastre, Crianza, and the 2008 Luberri, Seis and Biga.  I would be very happy to sit down to drink these wines as I would to share a few bottles with Andre and Steven.

In addition to the wines of these three wineries, there was a fourth table with additional selections.  As my parking meter was about to expire I briefly tasted through some of these wines.  I particularly liked, to no surprise, the 2009 D. Ventura, Caneiro and the 2007 Dominio de Beibei, Lalama.  I will certainly followed up with additional posts once I acquire some of these wines.  In the mean time I highly recommend that you try any of the wines from De Maison Selections, chances are, you will smile as you drink them.

Gerardo Mendez, Do Ferreiro, Rias Baixas

Founded in 1973 Do Ferreiro is run by Gerardo Mendez. Consisting of five hectares of vines, three are over 50 years old, and one is over 200 years old!!  Gerardo incorporates both traditional and modern method and technology.  The Amizade wines are a collaborative project between Do Ferreiro and De Masion Selections.  Gerardo follows organic principles and only uses indigenous yeasts.

Gerardo Mendez

2010 Amizade, Godello, Monterrei
This is 100% Godello sourced from 15-20 year old vines grown on sand and slate soils.  The fruit was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel with indigenous yeasts before aging six months on the lees.  There was a gritty nose with fresh acidity.  Gritty in the mouth with minerals and a nice aftertaste.  Quite enjoyable.  Not Rated.

2010 Do Ferreiro, Rebisaca, Albarino, Rias Baixas
This is a blend of 85% Albarino and 15% Treixadura sourced from granite sand and alluvial soils.  The wine was fermented using indigenous yeasts and aged for nine months on the lees.  The subdued nose revealed more tropical aromas.  In the mouth there were tart melons, nice texture, and a fruity aftertaste.  Not Rated.

2010 Do Ferreiro, Albarino, Rias Baixas
This is 100% Albarino sourced from 15-50 year old vines located on granite sand.  It was fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts.  The flavors tilted towards green fruits with pebbly texture, lively on the tongue, and good aftertaste.  Not Rated.

2010 Do Ferreiro, Cepas Vellas, Albarino, Rias Baixas
This  is 100% Albarino sourced from 200+ year old vines located on granite sand.  It was fermented in stainless steel using native yeasts and aged for 11 months on the lees.  Subtle ripe fruit, chalky, fresh acidity, and pervasive flavors in the aftertaste.  Not Rated.

2010 Amizade, Mencia, Monterrei
This is mostly Mencia with a bit of Caino and Aruxa sourced from 15-20 year old vines grown on sand and slate soils.  The fruit was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel with indigenous yeasts before aging six months on the lees. This started with buttery notes then dark red fruit.  In the mouth the fruit bursts then become dark red midpalate with citrus-like acidity and fine, sandy tannins.  Not Rated.

Jesus Sastre, Vina Sastra, Ribera del Duero

Jesus Sastre has run the winery for the last decade since the death of his brother Pedro. With two vineyard sites inherited from their father, he is able to produce wine from very old vines.  Jesus follows both organic and biodynamic principles.  He only uses indigenous yeasts for fermentation.

Jesus Sastre

2009 Sastre, Tinto, Ribera del Duero
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 15-20 year old vines grown on clay and chalk soils.  The wine was aged for seven months in 2-year-old American oak barrels.  There were some red fruit and floral aromas.  In the mouth light flavors of tart red fruit, creamy midpalate with dried herbs in the finish, fine grapey tannins, and a lightly spiced aftertaste.  Delicious and strong value.  Not Rated.

2010 Sastre, Tinto, Ribera del Duero
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 15-20 year old vines grown on clay and chalk soils.  The wine was aged for seven months in 2-year-old American oak barrels. The nose was more intense than the 2009 with tart, brambly red fruit, a little spicy before dark brambly flavors in the aftertaste.  Good power, a nice wine.  Not Rated.

2008, Crianza, Ribera del Duero
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 20-65 year old vines grown on clay and chalk soil.  It was aged in 100% new French oak.  Darker and less ripe than the Tintos.  Showing more structure and fine tannins for aging.  Not Rated.

2009 Crianza, Riber del Duero
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 20-65 year old vines grown on clay and chalk soil.  It was aged in 100% new French oak.  This  was racy from the beginning as flavors jump out that are red and black, brambly with spices.  The aftertaste sports fine tannins and a persistent spice note.  Yum.  Not Rated.

2009, Pago di Santa Cruz, Ribera del Duero
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 65+ year old vines grown on clay and chalk soil.  It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak.  This had a light nose of incense and lipstick.  This medium weight wine had dark perfume, very fine tannins that are drying but balanced by the fruit and acidity.  There is strength but it is not overly powerful.  Not Rated.

Florentino Monje Luberri, Rioja Alvesa

Florentino Monje was the original winemaker at Artadi before he established Luberri in 1992. He owns 35 hectares of old vines.

Florentino Monje

2011 Luberri, Orlegi, Rioja
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 15-25 year old vines grown on poor, chalky clay soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts.  This was a great start with buttery, creamy nose of violets and darker red fruit aromas.  In the mouth there were medium ripe fruit which followed the nose.  It was juicy, with good grip in the finish,  and a powdery texture to the tannins in the aftertaste.  Well done.  Not Rated.

2008 Luberri, Seis, Rioja
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 15-25 year old vines grown on poor, chalky clay soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for six months in French and American oak.  This had brambly red fruit and was very fresh, driven by acidity with a red citrus tartness.  There was grip and a bit of spice in the finish.  Not Rated.

2007 Luberri, Biga, Crianza, Rioja
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 40+ year old vines grown on bedrock.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for one year in French and American oak.  The dark nose was more haunting than the other wines.  The dark red flavors were almost racy, subtle with integrated tannins.  Not Rated.

2008 Luberri, Biga, Crianza, Rioja
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 40+ year old vines grown on bedrock.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for one year in French and American oak.  A dark nose with more floral aspects than the 2008.  Lively on the tongue, dark red notes, more fine drying tannins than the 2007.  Racy and needs age.  Not Rated.

2005 Luberri, M.A., Reserva, Rioja
This is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 50 year old vines grown on chalky clay soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 16 months in French and American oak.  The red fruit jumps on to the tongue with a wood undertone, fine tannins with good acidity.  The flavors in the mouth follow the nose.  Not Rated.

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