Sommelier with a wine shop/wine bar in Spain. Spanish and Italian wines are my passion but I love a good wine from anywhere!
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! — 14 days 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! — a month 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! — 2 months 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! — 14 days 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. — 2 months ago
Ripe aromas and flavors of black fruit, vanilla, and wet earth. Fresh acidity and elegant yet grippy tannins. Medium finish with flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. Super value! Small family winery in Rioja Alavesa with attention to quality. — 2 months 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 — 14 days 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. — a month ago
An intriguing blend of indigenous grapes; Tintilla de Rota and Romé, with Syrah and Garnacha. This is a highly regarded wine and winery in Spain with many high marks from Spanish critics. It has a bit of a cult following here, but for people unfamiliar with this region (DO Sierras de Malaga) it may be a bit perplexing. Intense aromas of wet soil, spicy black pepper, sage, rosemary, and sweet, mature dark fruit. Powerful flavors of earth, mud and fruit on the palette with succulent acidity anchored by fixed yet smooth tannins. A medium long finish that is savory and sweet at the same time, a bit like a good teriyaki sauce! This is an unusual and exciting wine. I highly recommend but drink with an open mind! — 2 months ago