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White and Red Spanish Wines

Both the 2011 Bodegas Rafael Palacios, Sabrego, Godello and the 2012 Gessami, Gramona are distinctive and well-priced.  If you do not drink that much Spanish white wine then try both of these.  You will have just as much fun with the new experience as you will finishing the bottles.  The 2011 Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce, P.F is made from very old-vine Bobal which are ungrafted.  Thus P.F stands for Pie Franco.  When I first cut the capsule then pulled the cork I could see leakage through a defect in the cork. Fortunately the wine was sound, enjoyable on the first night and better on the second night.  If you enjoy the vigor of a young Southern Rhone then you will like this wine.  The 2010 Sao del Coster, S is a young, robust wine which really should be cellared for a year or two.  It is reasonably priced for Priorat.  You cannot go wrong by trying any of these wines.  The white wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages and the red wines at Chambers Street Wines.


2011 Bodegas Rafael Palacios, Sabrego, Godello, Valdeorras – $15
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is 100% Godella sourced from vines on granite soils which was fermented and aged in stainless steel. Alcohol 13%.  The nose was textured with herbs, smoke, and stones.  It smelled good and young.  In the mouth there was somewhat weighty yellow fruit, a citrus bit then more stones, lots of stones.  There was a tangy quality which made it attractive to drink again.  Toward the middle it took on puckering acidity and picked up weight in the end.  This clear, fresh wine had a little ripe spice in the aftertaste.  *** Now-2015.


2012 Gessami, Gramona, Penedes – $16
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of two varieties of Moscatal, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer.  Alcohol 11.5%.  The nose bore tropical floral aromas with minerals. Good nose.  In the mouth there was some roundness and weight on the tongue then tangy on the tongue tip with acidity becoming integrated.  There were hints of pebbly texture, a little drier in nature then expansive with dry stones.  There was a good aftertaste.  Nice character.  *** Now-2014.


2011 Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce, P.F, Manchuela –  $25
Imported by T. Edwards Wines.  This wine is 100% Bobal sourced from 60-95 year old ungrafted vines.  The fruit was whole-cluster fermented then underwent malolactic fermentation and aging for 16-18 months in cask.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was of mixed berries eventually developing a pretty, violet-like aroma.  In the mouth there were concentrated, extracted flavors with a little grip and nice, salivating acidity.  There was initial texture on the tongue followed by an elegant middle then spiced, drying, and textured tannins.  The grip returned in the finish with a rugged, youthful Southern Rhone-like personality.  **(*) 2014-2021.


2010 Sao del Coster, S, Priorat – $23
Imported by T Elenteny Wine Imports.  This wine is a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Syrah fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel then aged on the lees. Alcohol 15%.  The nose was young and robust.  The wine was initially prickly on the tongue with Grenache notes coming out.  The flavors were rather youthful with robust, red fruit, dried herbs, and a robust core.  It needs time to expand, eventually developing a cherry flavor.  There were youthful, drying tannins on the gums and a little black minerally bit.  **(*) 2015-2023.


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