Posts Tagged ‘Manchuela’

Spanish Wine Imported by The Country Vintner

Things are still a bit chaotic due to the flood but we manage to continue pulling corks.   The 2010 Bodegas Emilio Moro, Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero is young, showing primary flavors and obvious barrel notes.  The flavors were clean, fresh, and mineral accented so I would cellar this for a year or two.  The is 2009 Finca Sandoval, Salia de Finca Sandoval, Manchuela is already throwing a lot sediment.  It is a good follow-on to the 2008 vintage which I reviewed in my post Two Wines From Finca os Cobatos and Finca Sandoval.  It has attractive stone notes and dried herbs but like the previous vintage it should be cellared for the short-term.  I should note it was easy to drink, perhaps due to the relatively low alcohol.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2010 Bodegas Emilio Moro, Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero – $25
Imported by The Country Vintner.  This wine is 100% Tinto Fino sourced from 15-25 year old vines then aged for 12 months in French and American oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose bore cocoa notes along with sweet, very ripe fruit.  In the mouth were smooth flavors of cocoa and some black fruit with black minerals.  There were very fine, dry tannins, and a dry, mineral finish that remained fresh.  There were purple and black flavors and salivating acidity in the aftertaste.  This was a clean, primary wine that has some power.  It was a touch spicy with a vanilla note in the finish.  *** Now-2022.


2009 Finca Sandoval, Salia de Finca Sandoval, Manchuela – $17
Imported by The Country Vintner.  This wine is a blend of 49% Syrah, 30% Garnacha Tintorera, and 21% Garnacha Tinta which was aged for 11 months in French and American oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There were very focused flavors of black and red fruit, dusty stone notes, and a little tartness.  It took on dried herbs towards the finish.  This wine is compact but responds well to air.  The flavors became blacker.  **(*) 2015-2019.

White and Red Spanish Wines

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Both the 2011 Bodegas Rafael Palacios, Sabrego, Godello and the 2012 Gessami, Gramona are distinctive and well-priced.  If you do not drink that much Spanish white wine then try both of these.  You will have just as much fun with the new experience as you will finishing the bottles.  The 2011 Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce, P.F is made from very old-vine Bobal which are ungrafted.  Thus P.F stands for Pie Franco.  When I first cut the capsule then pulled the cork I could see leakage through a defect in the cork. Fortunately the wine was sound, enjoyable on the first night and better on the second night.  If you enjoy the vigor of a young Southern Rhone then you will like this wine.  The 2010 Sao del Coster, S is a young, robust wine which really should be cellared for a year or two.  It is reasonably priced for Priorat.  You cannot go wrong by trying any of these wines.  The white wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages and the red wines at Chambers Street Wines.


2011 Bodegas Rafael Palacios, Sabrego, Godello, Valdeorras – $15
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is 100% Godella sourced from vines on granite soils which was fermented and aged in stainless steel. Alcohol 13%.  The nose was textured with herbs, smoke, and stones.  It smelled good and young.  In the mouth there was somewhat weighty yellow fruit, a citrus bit then more stones, lots of stones.  There was a tangy quality which made it attractive to drink again.  Toward the middle it took on puckering acidity and picked up weight in the end.  This clear, fresh wine had a little ripe spice in the aftertaste.  *** Now-2015.


2012 Gessami, Gramona, Penedes – $16
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of two varieties of Moscatal, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer.  Alcohol 11.5%.  The nose bore tropical floral aromas with minerals. Good nose.  In the mouth there was some roundness and weight on the tongue then tangy on the tongue tip with acidity becoming integrated.  There were hints of pebbly texture, a little drier in nature then expansive with dry stones.  There was a good aftertaste.  Nice character.  *** Now-2014.


2011 Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce, P.F, Manchuela –  $25
Imported by T. Edwards Wines.  This wine is 100% Bobal sourced from 60-95 year old ungrafted vines.  The fruit was whole-cluster fermented then underwent malolactic fermentation and aging for 16-18 months in cask.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was of mixed berries eventually developing a pretty, violet-like aroma.  In the mouth there were concentrated, extracted flavors with a little grip and nice, salivating acidity.  There was initial texture on the tongue followed by an elegant middle then spiced, drying, and textured tannins.  The grip returned in the finish with a rugged, youthful Southern Rhone-like personality.  **(*) 2014-2021.


2010 Sao del Coster, S, Priorat – $23
Imported by T Elenteny Wine Imports.  This wine is a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Syrah fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel then aged on the lees. Alcohol 15%.  The nose was young and robust.  The wine was initially prickly on the tongue with Grenache notes coming out.  The flavors were rather youthful with robust, red fruit, dried herbs, and a robust core.  It needs time to expand, eventually developing a cherry flavor.  There were youthful, drying tannins on the gums and a little black minerally bit.  **(*) 2015-2023.


Recent Spanish Wines

May 28, 2013 1 comment

The 2009 Scala Dei, Negre is an affordable Priorat and a generous wine on the nose and in the mouth.  I rather liked the flavors but the wine was so full of fruit I could only have a glass at a time.  I did prefer it on the second night when it tightened up.  The 2009 Sandoval, Salia is rather different with its cooler, younger fruit.  While I preferred the 2008 vintage reviewed in Two Wines From Fincs Os Cobatos and Finca Sandoval the 2009 remains serious.  I picked up the 2010 Maurodos, Prima because it was over one year ago since I tasted the 2009 vintage reviewed in A Pair of Affordable Spanish Wines.   I enjoyed this wine and am curious to taste it again in the fall. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2009 Scala Dei, Negre, Priorat – $15
Imported by Aveniu Brands.  This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from soils of llicorella which was fermented in stainless steel.  Alcohol 14.5%.  This was a little loose in the nose with some meaty aromas, sweet tea and herbs, along with blueberry paste.  In the mouth it was forward and full of berries and blue fruit.  There was a soft start,  spicy fruit in the middle, a hint of heat in the finish along with dried herbs and some minerals.  There were gobs of flavor in this lush wine, it eventually took on some grip the second night.  ** Now.


2009 de Finca Sandoval, Salia, Manchuela – $17
Imported by The Country Vintner.  This wine is a blend of 49% Syrah, 30% Garnacha Tintorera, and 21% Garnacha Tina which was aged for one year in American oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was of red cherries, cork, woodsy aromas, and herbs.  In the mouth there was some texture to the red fruit before taking on a little blue and black fruit.  There was a cool-climate aspect to this young wine.  ** 2014-2016.


2010 Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos, Prima, Toro – $17
Imported by Grapes of Spain.  This wine is a blend of Tinta do Toro and Garnacha which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12 months in French and American oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose was low-lying with aromas of blue fruit and tobacco.  In the mouth there was a bit more thickness with flavors of vanilla, red, and blue fruits.  The flavors were fine and powdery with a low-lying nature.  The sweet tannins coated the lips leaving the dual impressions of being a young wine for the cellar but also one which should be drunk now.  ** Now-2015.


Two Wines From Finca os Cobatos and Finca Sandoval

September 9, 2011 2 comments

These wines are relatively new arrivals at MacArthur’s.  The Finca os Cobatos is priced at $11 and the Finca Sandoval at $15. I would buy both of these wines.  The Finca os Cobatos is great value to drink in the near term while the Finca Sandoval ages in your cellar!  I would double-decant the Finca os Cobatos or give it half an hour of air.  I would age the Finca Sandoval for a couple of years.

2010 Finca os Cobatos, Mencia, Monterrei
This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from vines planted in the early 1980s.  The Mencia vineyards are located at 400-500 meters.  The soils are composed of sedimentary soils mixed with clay, quartz, and sand.  The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks.  The youthful medium intensity color makes way for a nice nose of grapey, purple berries with grip.  In the mouth the fruit has an enjoyable texture.  This juicy wine has lively acidity and the aftertaste leaves perfumed fruit essence on the teeth.  Balanced and pleasing on all fronts, this is a great daily drinker. *** Now-2015.

2008 Finca Sandoval, Salia, Manchuela
This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 38% Garnache Tintorera, and 12% Garnache Tinta.  The grapes were sourced from three vineyards located at altitudes between 770 and 1050 meters.  The Casilla del Trueno vineyard is 65 years old, the Landete vineyard is 32 years old, and the Hacillas del Rapaz vineyard is 9 years old. that was aged for 11 months in 85% French and 15% American used oak.  In the glass the wine is a very dark, purple color.  Drunk over two nights, the subtle, gently sweet blue/black fruit is a pleasure to smell.  In the mouth there are stone-framed grapey flavors, a smooth texture, with hints of heat in the finish, and wood tannins in the aftertaste.  This is a tasty, contemporary wine that is structured for development over the short-term. **(*) Now-2017.