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Diverse wines from Spain


Our latest experience with Spanish wine has shown us diversity I normally associate with Italy.  The 2013 Bodegas Docampo, Rio Mino Blanco, Ribeiro is an “experimental” blend that was destined to be mixed into other wine.  Fortunately, this experiment was bottled separately for the importer so that we can enjoy acidity driven flavors of lemons, herbs, and minerals.  Try it with food.  Only 50 cases of the 2012 Casar De Burbia, Casar Godello, Fermentado en Barrica, Bierzo were produced.  This barrel fermented Godello already shows good complexity with a deft touch of toast.  It drank very well over five days so I would buy some to drink now and to cellar.  Be sure to serve it blind to lovers of barrel fermented Chardonnay.  I should note that the Docampo and Burbia should be drunk just below cellar temperature which is certainly warmer than refrigerator temperature.  The 2013 Partida Creus, Vinel-Lo, Catalunya has quite the blend of varieties. The nose is a fantastic blend of strawberries and potpourri suitable for the impending holiday seasons.  For me it is a somewhat polarizing wine due to its natural wine aspects and I think one glass at a time is perfect.  The Bodegas Docampo and Casar De Burbia were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.  The Partida Creus was purchased at Despaña Vino y Mas.

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2013 Bodegas Docampo, Rio Mino Blanco, Ribeiro – $17
Imported by South River Imports.  This wine is a blend of 40% Treixadura, 40% Godello, and 20% Torrontes.  Alcohol 12%.  The fruit aromas become riper with extended air.  In the mouth there were acidity driven flavors of bright and tart lemons.  The lemons enjoyably mixed with dried herbs and a stone note.  The wine maintained good tension from acidity and had a salivating finish.  It should last for some time but why not drink it now?  *** Now-2016.

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2012 Casar De Burbia, Casar Godello, Fermentado en Barrica, Bierzo – $30
Imported by South River Imports.  This wine is 100% Godello sourced from 50+ year old vines located at 600 meters on soils of slate and quartz.  The wine fruit was fermented in French oak barrels then aged on the lees for 12 months.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color was a very light amber straw.  The nose bore aromas of slightly tropical flowers, white fruit, and orchard fruit.  In the mouth were rounded flavors of white fruit that built in texture through the finish.  There was an appropriate amount of toast notes, tangy acidity, and a good mix of chalk and stones.  It has a persistent and expansive aftertaste. ***(*) Now-2020.

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2013 Partida Creus, Vinel-Lo, Catalunya – $25
Imported by USA Wine Imports.  This wine is a blend of Garnatxa, Ull de Perdiu, Sumoll, Queixal de Llop, Samso, Garrut and Trepat that was trodden by foot then fermented with indigenous yeast and aged for seven months in stainless steel tanks.  No sulphur was added.  Alcohol 11.5%.  The wine was rather light with a slightly cloudy colors of straw and red.  The nose was immediately evocative of a natural wine with strawberry and potpourri aromas galore.  In the mouth a tart, berry and potpourri beginning tingled on the tongue.  It had what I consider a classic natural wine profile but the wine certainly built in attraction.  The wine was very stable after opening.  ** Now -2016.

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  1. marymc
    September 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

    what are some good food pairings with the Rio Mino? I enjoyed the wine and am going in on a case with a friend- so I’m looking for a few options on what to pair it with?

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