Posts Tagged ‘Madrid’

A pair of Spanish wines purchased in MoCo

I was in need of some beer to bring to my mom’s annual Shark Week BBQ.  This gave me cause to stop by local beer and wine stores in Montgomery County which is an exceedingly rare event for me.  To my surprise I found a couple of bottles imported by The Rare Wine Co which are, of course, priced high given the county I live in.  At the correct price the 2014 Olivares, Altos de la Hoya, Jumilla is a fine bargain which will continue to develop through the end of the year.  It is a bit tight and structured right now but it is still enjoyable at this time.  The 2014 Bernabeleva, Camino de Navaherreros, Madrid is far more open and generous than the previous vintages I have tasted.  You can drink the Bernabeleva while the Olivares ages!

2014 Olivares, Altos de la Hoya, Jumilla
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is 90% Monastrell sourced from old ungrafted vines and 10% Grenache fermented in stainless steel then aged 6 months in French oak barrels. Alcohol 14%.  Black fruited, fresh, and structured this left the impression that it could stand another half year to open up.  **(*) 2018-2021.

2014 Bernabeleva, Camino de Navaherreros, Madrid
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is old-vine Garnacha fermented in foudre.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The mixture of red and blue fruits is completely open and generous from the first pour.  There are no hard edges since the wine combines supple and juicy aspects.  **(*) Now – 2018.

Two must-try Spanish wines from Rafael Palacios and Command G

February 3, 2015 1 comment

We recently took a break from tasting Italian wine by trying a pair of new Spanish wines.   The 2013 Rafael Palacios, Louro do Bolo, Godello, Valdeorras features a rich color that is matched by the flavors in the mouth. The combination of yellow fruit, minerals, and lively acidity will make this more luxurious wine appeal to many people.  It is great right now but should hit its peak next year.  Command G (G for Garnacha) is the effort of Fernando Garcia (Bodega Maranones), Daniel Gomez Jimenez-Landi (Bodegas Jimenez-Landi), and Marc Isart (Bodegas Bernabeleva).  Their wines are meant to capture the differences of individual parcels of old-vine Garnacha.  Since I have tasted only one of these wines I cannot speak to these differences but I can state the 2013 Command G, La Bruja de Rozas, Madrid is incredibly tasty!  This is elegant and confident Garnacha that needs half a year of age to relax.  I suggest you buy a couple bottles of each wine.  They will hold up quite fine if you take a few days to drink them up.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2013 Rafael Palacios, Louro do Bolo, Godello, Valdeorras – $19
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 92% Godello and 8% Teixadura that was fermented and matured in oak foudre.   Alcohol 13.5%.  The golden yellow color makes way to rich, yellow fruit that is textured and immediately lively from the acidity.  The wine turns creamier in the middle picking up stones and toast notes in the finish.  *** Now-2017.


2013 Command G, La Bruja de Rozas, Madrid – $25
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is 100% Garnacha sourced from 50-80 year old vines on granite soils at 850m.  It was fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mixture of wooden barrels and vats followed by aging for five months in different sized barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The low-lying yet ticklish nose offers root beer like aromas.  In the mouth the wine is lively on the tongue tip from acidity with cinnamon and root-beer like notes supported by acidity as the flavors fill the mouth.  The wine is light in a sense with the presence of structure.  There are nice, red fruit and strawberry flavors that take on texture with air.  ***(*) 2015-2022.