Arôme rustique mais finesse au palais — 4 years ago
Delicious, bought for €10 in Irurtzun, Navarre, went perfectly with aged cheese and spicy chorizo. Strong flavours. — 4 years ago
Had great local wines in Navarre while traveling there, and this brings back good memories. Good balance, smooth and just a bit earthy. — 5 years ago
Not a Rose’ Retailer notes, Blend of 35-50 year old cognac One of the best Cognacs ever to hit K&L, the Navarre Veille Reserve is the pride and joy of importer and K&L friend Nicolas Palazzi, the man behind the K&L Faultline Cognac and Guillon Painturaud expressions. Nicolas has told me time and time again that of all the brandies in his stellar lineup of grower-producer spirits, the Navarre fills him with the most pride. That's probably because it tastes so damn good. Jacky Navarre is one of the last purists among the artisan cognac distillers. The fourth generation of cognac makers in his family, located in Gondeville since 1811, he takes care of his small Grande Champagne estate with a very basic rule, "Let nature do most of the work." With the exception of an ultra-rare, impossible-to-get aged release, Navarre only makes one Cognac expression - the Vieille Reserve. It's made with 100% Ugni Blanc, and Jacky distills the brandy on the lees. The brandy sees no sugar, caramel or boise, and no water is added at the end. The natural 45% cask strength is achieved through evaporation! There are few other Cognac producers who take such care with their product and the attention to detail shows through in the flavor. The flavors of the grape are not overpowered by caramel or nougat, but are allowed to shine alongside supple vanilla. The finish is incredibly rich and wonderful, loaded with barrel spice and toasted nuts, but delicate and almost haunting in its litheness. Amazing in every way.
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30 August 2016. Verre de Terre, New York, NY. — 4 years ago
Navarre. A region in northern Spain bordering Basque, La Rioja and Aragon. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. This wine brings me there. Let me tell you about the 2010 Otazu Premium Cuvee Senorio de Otazu. I want to break it down quickly and then opine on the wine specifically.
VISUAL: Clear, ruby on the edges fading to dark twilight deeper in.
NOSE: Slight cherry apple without O2, after a few swirls it opens up to sweet strawberry and banana scent. Very nice, not overpowering or too fruit forward.
PALATE: There’s oak in there, but only slight. Chocolate, barbecue, cherry, pistachio (barely). This is a wine that is sleek and sexy without being too obvious. It’s that girl at the beach who has no idea how beautiful she is, and just wants to throw the frisbee. The wine is NOT a tease, it’s just sweet, beautiful and very cool.
FINISH: No acidity, smooth finish with just a hint of tannins. It finishes without excessive echo.
AND NOW LET ME OPINE: I love this wine. It’s a perfect example of a quality Spanish wine: 50% Can Sauv, 30% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot. It’s a fantastic wine that I could see enjoying with a spicy curry, or even just on it’s own. Grab a bottle of this, a good frisbee disc and head out to the nearest beach for a game of Ultimate Frisbee. You will not be disappointed. My Parker Rating for this is a solid 90 points. — 5 years ago
Fresh, crisp, pale pink and delightfully fruity. Beautiful elegance with a tart and dry expression in the style of the best Provence Rosés. The long-lasting finish continues to resonate long after the bottle is empty. Paired with a warm pancetta, arugula and mandarin salad. Amazing value at only $23.00.
— 2 years ago
REALLY feeling the French/Mexican theme at Madrina in Dallas, mostly cause of the equally insane agave & brandy selections. — 5 years ago