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Affordable selections from Spain


The 2011 Barahonda, Barrica, Monastrell-Syrah, Yecla must be one of the most frequently opened bottles in our house after the 2012 Chateau Marvis, Old School Rouge, Minervois.  The Barahonda is a $12 beauty that is full of flavor from the black fruit and minerals but provides interest from some mature notes. Though opposite in drinking age, the 2011 La Verdosa, La Suerte de Arrayan Garnache, Mentrida is my favorite of the wines featured in today’s post.  The beautiful nose makes way to expansive flavors but this is best left in the cellar.  The 2012 Castano, Solanera, Vina Viejas, Yecla offers up the serious flavors you would expect from Eric Solomon.  For a simpler, though old-school experience you should check out the 2012 Charo Moriones, Verasol, Tempranillo-Garnacha, Navarra.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Barahonda, Barrica, Monastrell-Syrah, Yecla – $12
Imported by OLE Imports.  This wine is a blend of 75% Monastrell and 25% Syrah sourced from vines planted in 1968-1970 that was aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There is a  mouthfilling start followed by a core of black, mineral infused fruit.  The wine is rounded out by grip from the attractive, ripe tannins.  Though rich in flavor, it is balanced, and somewhat compelling to drink for there are hints of maturity.  *** Now – 2018.

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2012 Castano, Solanera, Vina Viejas, Yecla – $14
Imported by European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 70% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Garnacha Tintorera that was aged for 10 months in oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The serious nose is followed by young and bright fruit which is supported by structure.  This cool tasting wine wraps up with ripe tannins.  **/*** Now – 2017.

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2012 Charo Moriones, Verasol, Tempranillo-Garnacha, Navarra – $12
A Jose Pastor Selection imported by Vinos & Gourmet. Alcohol 13.5%. The interesting nose offered up aromas of ripe strawberry and ripe orange.  There were similar flavors in the mouth where the orange-red citrus note took on some creamy Orange Julius.  This attractive, old-school wine then turned a bit soft and linear with a black fruited finish.  ** Now-2017.

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2011 La Verdosa, La Suerte de Arrayan Garnache, Mentrida – $18
Imported by Tradewinds Specialty Imports.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There were rich fruit aromas of plum.  The strong flavors in the mouth showed plenty of texture, some weight, and black minerals in the end where the extract paired with an expansive finish.  With air there were additional flavors of ripe strawberries and wood on the sides of the tongue.  This nears a year to open up.  *** 2016-2019.

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