Sommelier with a wine shop/wine bar in Spain. Spanish and Italian wines are my passion but I love a good wine from anywhere!
This is 100% Garnacha from 80 year old vines in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range near Madrid. Bright pale ruby in color, but intense on the nose, with wet granite, raspberries, plum, lilac and smoke. Savory and fresh on the palate with mild yet slightly grippy tannins and a structured acidity. A miriad of flavors jump out at me including fresh plums, tobacco, granite, and bouquets of spring flowers. Long finish. Very elegant, exquisite Garnacha! — 14 days ago
This is a natural, unfiltered wine that although produced within the DO Bierzo region, falls out of the rules of production, so it ends up with the IGT clssification. Dried flowers, blueberries, and smokey vanilla on the nose, continued floral aspects on the palate as well as fresh cherries and moist earth. Quite nice, more minerality than I expected and smooth as silk tannins. Medium finish. Price/quality relation is amazing, €15 the whole bottle at the bar in Madrid — 2 months ago
Bright pale greenish yellow color with intense aromas of papaya and passion fruit with herbal notes of fennel and sage; as well as a bit of beeswax. In the mouth is super fresh high acidity, that begins with tropical fruit and ends with a medium long herbal and mineral finish. 13.5% alcohol. Everything I want a Verdejo to be! — 3 months ago
A lovely dry Oloroso from this small family boutique winery in Chipiona. They claim to have the vineyards closest to the sea in all of the Jerez (Sherry region). Aromatic notes of candied walnuts, caramel, creme brûlée, and molasses, with the lingering scent of iodine in the background, which comes from the land near the sea. Creamy in the mouth with a luscious acidity. 18% alcohol. It could combine well with a myriad of different dishes from sharp cheeses and nuts to roast chicken or even local sautéed mushrooms. Excellent in every way! — 4 months ago
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Cultivated organically in a “biodiversity reserve” in the Castilla la Mancha región near Valencia but outside of any DO, so technically it is an IGT. Black pepper, sweet blackberries, and smoke on the nose, with black cherry, spice, dark chocolate on the palate. Smooth tannins and acidity. A medium long, sweet finish, with I imagine some residual sugar here, (I bet it’s right on the line), but it is still a dry wine. Super easy to drink! — 16 days ago
I grew up in the volcanic area of central Oregon so the smell, taste, and texture of lava is quite familiar to me. Which is what jumps out at me immediately on the nose, “Aa lava,” which is hot when it comes out but cools quickly and dries in hard, sharp chunks. This wine emits a distinctive aroma like hot (dried) Aa lava or asphalt. It is also quite herbal with juniper berries and sagebrush aromas and flavors. I can hardly get fruit here, dark cherry, spicy plum perhaps but the minerality is so interesting, so complex, I don’t even care about the fruit! I feel I could go on about hot rocks and ash and morning after campfire when you burn juniper and olive wood. It’s truly delicious, savory, and special! The acidity is unbelievable given this is a hot climate wine. The tannins are perfectly grippy. Medium long mineral finish makes me think this wine will age quite nicely! — 2 months ago
Chaulk and grapefruit on the nose with a bit of sea marsh.
Elegant and smooth on the palate, notes and sensation of cream and butter as it is aged on the lees. Lemon, white peach, and honeysuckle. Medium acidity, medium length, overall very polished and well done. — 3 months ago
Deep purple color, intense nose with blackberry, black current and dark chocolate. Lots of body, violet notes, super grippy tannins, minerality comes through as wet gravel and hot asphalt. Medium plus plus acidity, lots of time to age. Needs to breath before drinking. Sweet finish. Cool label. Overall quite amazing! — a month ago
I ask for a sweet wine not from Jerez (Sherry) and she gives me a taste and says do you want a full glass? To this wine I say F*#& yes! Super acidity makes this drinkable as heck! Passion fruit, papaya, beeswax, honeysuckle and bitter orange notes on the nose and palate. Nice mouthfeel, with body yet super smooth. Paired with chocolate mousse and passion fruit ice cream, I am feeling extremely guilty and already planning my run for tomorrow morning! — 2 months ago
Dark cherry color with aromas of ripe black fruit, dark chocolate, rosemary, and wet soil. Tannins are velvety and savory with flavors on the palate of smoke, balsamic, and spices. Nice acidity, long length with a sweet vanilla finish. Will age for many more years. Fantastic price/quality relation from this very small, boutique family winery in Rioja Alavesa. — 3 months ago