Five different Spanish wines from five different vintages
The parade of interesting wines I have tasted continue with five selections from Spain. It is interesting enough that each one is from a different vintages. Having drunk a modest share of mature red Rioja I suggest you try the 2010 Bodegas Olarra, Cerro Anon, Rioja Reserva if you want a similar experience at an affordable cost. The nose smells great with blood and meat, offering a counterpoint to the somewhat short finish. The 2011 Trosso del Priorat, Lo Petit de Casa, Priorat is no amped up Grenache based wine. Made from the youngest vines on the property, it is an elegant wine that will make you think of stones. The 2012 Barahonda, Barrica, Yecla offers strong value for only $12. Whereas the 2011 vintage had more complex, mature flavors, this latest vintage tastes younger and cleaner. The 2013 Finca Villacreces, Pruno, Ribera del Duero is a generous wine offering up strong aromas and a cloud of flavors in the mouth. It is a little on the young side but if you don’t want to wait a year then double-decant it several hours ahead. If you only try one wine from this list then the 2014 La Zorra, Teso Rufete, Sierra de Salamanca is the one. Not only is it produced from old vines of the rare variety Rufete, it smells and tastes like nothing else. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2010 Bodegas Olarra, Cerro Anon, Rioja Reserva – $17
Imported by Classic Wines. Alcohol 14%. The nose is great with bloody and meaty aromas which smell like a musky, mature Rioja. There are similar black fruit flavors in the mouth with slight grip, integrated tannins, chocolate powder, and some cherry notes. The finish is a little short with ripe and polished wood tannins. Neat! *** Now – 2020.
2011 Trosso del Priorat, Lo Petit de Casa, Priorat – $16
Imported by the Spanish Wine Importers. This wine is 100% Grenache. Alcohol 14.5%. This is a different sort of wine with framed suppleness around very fine tannins. There is a great note of dark stones, not to be confused with minerals. *** Now – 2018.
2012 Barahonda, Barrica, Yecla – $12
Imported by OLE Imports. This wine is a blend of 75% Monastrell and 25% Syrah that was aged for 6 months in French oak. Alcohol 14.5%. There is a black, mineral start then focused flavors of slightly bitter black fruit, camphor, and a minerally aftertaste. ** Now – 2017.
2013 Finca Villacreces, Pruno, Ribera del Duero – $19
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars. This wine is a blend of 90% Tinto Fino and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol 13.5%. The strong nose delivered aromas of tar and some oak. In the mouth is a cloud of flavor which exists around black stones, lipstick, and some very fine tannins. The wine is certainly black fruited but has a citric aspect. This dry wine reveals more power with air, taking a few hours to open up. It eventually reveals dried herbs in the finish which is only when the tannins are noticeable. *** Now – 2020.
2014 La Zorra, Teso Rufete, Sierra de Salamanca – $19
Imported by De Maison Selections. This wine is 100% Rufete sourced from 60+ year old vines on granite and sand soils. It was fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged for 4 months in French oak. Alcohol 12.5%. After a wee bit of stink blows off this aromatic wine smells distinct. There are moderately ripe flavors of minerals and red fruit with an ethereal sweetness. The wine becomes dry towards the finish where herb flavors come out. It leaves a satisfying tang in the end. *** Now.