Sommelier with a wine shop/wine bar in Spain. Spanish and Italian wines are my passion but I love a good wine from anywhere!
A rare and special blend of Garnacha, Tintilla de Rota, and Tempranillo from the incredibly beautiful town of Ronda in Andalucia. This is an earthy, macho, and lusty wine! My friend described it as a bad boy, the kind that makes you want to behave badly. This wine has mineral aromas and flavors of dried mud and straw combined with black cherry and black currant notes that stretch into savory, meaty impressions. Tobacco and vanilla flavors linger long on the palate. With smooth tannins, and medium plus balanced acidity, this is a winner! — a day ago
This is 100% Tempranillo, not a blend, and is the Crianza from 2015. Aromas of black fruit, vanilla, tobacco leaf, pepper, and spice. Tannins have nice grip and the medium plus acidity makes it luscious. Flavors equal aromas with a bonus of smoke and slate. Medium finish. Lots of time left for this one, it will get even better! — a month ago
Fruitier than I expected with aromas and flavors of fresh black currents, plums, and blackberries. Vanilla, smoke and clay pot round out the notes. Tannins are nicely adhesive and the acidity is med plus. Decently long dark chocolate finish. Maybe a bit of residual sugar here but it could be the 14.5% alcohol. Nice, not amazing, but definitely a good drinker. — 6 months ago
Bright burgundy color with purple rim. Smokey aromas right of the bat. Rich vanilla, tobacco, and campfire. The fruit is fresh dark cherry and/or red current but remains secondary for me. The tannins are super elegant and savory, and it has medium plus acidity. Minerality comes through as wrought iron or horseshoes. Medium long finish. This is really an exceptional wine for the price. It should age at least 5 years or more, given the generous acidity and 15% alcohol. — 22 days ago
Rich and smokey aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, wet earth and spice. Smooth and elegant tannins that grip without being sticky and medium acidity. Long finish with notes of figs and dates, with a mineral note of bricks or brick wall at the very end. Amazing!!
— a month ago
Savory aromas of plums, raisins, balsamic, pencil lead, and tomato leaf. The palate develops with a mouth watering acidity and velvety tannins. Further developing flavors include tobacco, leather, and wet soil. Enjoyed with a spicy penne pasta with local mushrooms. All in all a lovely wine! — 6 months ago
DO Cebreros, which is a new Denominación de Origen in Spain. If I were doing a blind tasting I might think this was a Bourgogne (Burgandy)! Sparkling bright red color, medium clear. Aromatic notes of strawberries and raspberries with smokey vanilla and tobacco undertones. Subtle earthy aromas and flavors of mushroom and slate. The tannins are so elegant, so refined, with a luscious, inviting acidity. Long, finish. This will age and just get better and better. Wow! — 25 days ago
Had some if this left over after a tasting at my shop. Fruitier than I expected with honey and apricot aromas and flavors, along with orange and lemon. But as it lingers on the palate the lees aging comes out a bit more with toasty flavors of bread and dough. Bitter finish, medium length. Quite decent. — a month ago
Mmmm this is a tasty one! Lovely aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry and pomegranate with under notes of vanilla, cinnamon, tobacco, and new-car leather. All this plus smooth as silk tannins and luscious acidity made this an incredible pairing for roasted ox-tail. Doesn’t get much better than this! — 5 months ago