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Four Wines From Spain

January 13, 2012 2 comments

Of these four wines I strongly recommend the Joan d’Anguera which may be drunk now but will develop over the short-term.  The Alvaro Palacios is a good wine in need of age.  The Zestos is a decent drink but there are better wines for the price.  The Altovinum is an alcoholic bomb that should be avoided. The Zestos and Altovinum were purchased at MacArthurs with the Joan d’Anguera and Alvaro Palacios purchased at Soul Wine.

2010 Zestos, Vinos de Madrid – $10
Imported by Ole.  This wine is a blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Granacha.  This shows redder fruit with a hint of mushrooms and some tartness midpalate.  There is decent acidity.  On the second night, hints of dark, racy flavors develop along with notes of cherry.  There are fine+ coating tannins.

2010 Altovinum, Evodia, Calatayud – $9
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is 100% Garnacha sourced from vines up to 100 years old.  It is aged for five months in stainless steel.  There is a lifted nose of smoke and pine, which is actually a bit odd.  In the mouth there are gobs of ripe fruit, blue flavored, with the strong notes of smokey pine continuing in the mouth.  There are strange candied flavors midpalate.  This medium-bodied wine has good texture.  The balsam nose continued on the second night.  Lorelei commented “Pepperoni pizza” when she smelled the wine.  Not recommended.

2009 Joan D’Anguera, Planella, Montsant – $20
Imported by De Maison Seletions.  This wine is a blenc of 45% Carignan, 35% Garnacha, and 20% Syrah sourced from 15-50 year old vines grown on chalky clay soils.  The wine was aged for 11 months in French and American oak.  There is a riper, violet nose.  In the mouth the slightly soft fruit has flavors of ripe black fruit, and some spice.  in the middle the flavors become berry-like and a somewhat chewy in nature.  It finishes with stone notes and dusty tannins.  On the second night the finish is sweeter with fine tannins mixing with a minerally aftertaste.  This is well done and the aftertaste is enjoyable.  Will develop over the short-term.

2009 Alvaro Palacios, Camins del Priorat, Priorat – $23
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is a blend of 60% Carignan.  30% Garnacha, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  The wine was aged for 3-4 months in barrique followed by aging in tank and cask. This remained a bit tight with its red, structured fruit, and some minerals.  There are fine, coating tannins.  The acidity is well-integrated.  It is a good, contemporary wine that needs age.