Sommelier and wine broker living in Spain. Spanish and Italian wines are my passion but I love a good wine from anywhere!
Aromas and flavors of vanilla, caramel, and olive smoke with an undertone of sage or other herbs. The minerality comes through as graphite or wet granite. The acidity is medium and the tannins are smooth. Very sophisticated, I can imagine it paired with fungi porcini, or truffles, or another wild mushroom dish. — a month ago
The best offering at our local bar. Dark chocolate, prune, vanilla, potting soil, and tobacco aromas and flavors. Good acidity, tannins are medium with decent grip. Lacks elegance. I don’t think there is much more aging potential here, maybe 5 years max. 13.5% alcohol. Not bad, we enjoyed it with Manchego cheese and Jamón serrano. Nice, just not amazing! — 5 days ago
A very dark purple rim, with an almost black center. Lovely aroma of blackberry compote accompanied with dark chocolate, clay pot, and violets. The acidity is a bit more than medium and the tannins are nicely sharp but not too serious. A metallic finish with medium length. The more I sip it, the more I like it! — a month ago
The wines from Ronda tend to be quite earthy due to the heavily weathered limestone presence in the soil. This wine incorporates this deep minerality nicely with black fruit aromas and flavors, and a spiciness that brings it all together. Acid is medium plus, tannins are smooth yet grippy meaning this will age, although with a nice decant it is drinkable now. — a month ago
Grown in a vineyard next to the sea on granite soils, sobre lías (sur-lie) and allowed to complete a malo-lactic fermentation. Aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, honeysuckle, grapefruit, and dough. Very well-balanced, 13% alcohol, juicy acidity and lovely mouthfeel. Delightful! — 11 days ago
Lovely golden sparkle to this amazing Sherry, from Bodegas Tradición. Aromas of buttery caramel, toffee, and pecans, with a hint of something fruity and sweet, like orange marmalade. Super smooth body/mouthfeel with ripe acidity. An incredibly long length that takes you through many stages of flavor, like the ever-changing bubblegum in Willie Wonka. From Candied oranges to pecan pie, to buttered toast and finally bitter almond. But you don’t turn into a blueberry at the end, like in the movie, or at least I didn’t! — 19 days ago