Your ships have come in… literally. More than one boatload of Spanish wines are arriving over the next few months that are going to blow your mind. Just when I thought we couldn’t find any better quality for the price, we have! My advice? Buy all of it. Every single offer. “But, Todd… that’s too much Spanish wine…”
No… it isn’t. The great thing about “Spanish wine” is that there really is no one singular style. You can’t paint the entire country’s production with one brush stroke. We have everything to offer – around 20 different grape varieties, in styles ranging from light and crisp whites, to full-bodied reds, and everywhere in between. And the feeding frenzy starts… now!
Dacu 2010 – reg. $11.99 – 90 pts Wine Advocate – Single-vineyard, 100% Tempranillo from Ribera del Guadiana, a little known region on the southwestern border with Portugal. How serious are these folks about their wine? The grapes are separated during fermentation according to the soil type in which they grow – limestone, clay and a mixture of clay/heavy limestone – with each receiving different treatment to maximize flavor and aromas! If I didn’t know better, I would swear this was a $20 California Zinfandel… wonderful aromas of rose petals and raspberry give way to a plush and tasty wine with no rough edges. Sweet, dark cherry and cassis fruit gives way to a medium-bodied wine flecked with black pepper spice - perfect for a variety of autumnal fare- roast chicken, pork, tuna, salmon… anything where you don’t want white, but aren’t looking for a huge red either. “The 2010 Dacu spent four months in stainless steel tank as well as two months in French oak. An unexpected surprise in my tastings, it exhibits terrific wild berry/Zinfandel-like fruit, pepper, earth and roasted herb characteristics. Richly fruity, pure and heady, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years.”
Zestos 2011 – reg. $9.99 – 90 pts Wine Advocate – From high altitude vineyards located outside Madrid. Old Vines Grenache (Garnacha)… can we really ever get enough? And at this price? Yikes! Talk about beautiful, intoxicating aromas – cherries, wildflowers, strawberries… the staggering array hits you wave upon wave… till you finally cannot resist and have to indulge! Okay… it took me like a half second… but you get what I am saying - this is some seriously compelling stuff! It’s almost criminal that a burger/pizza wine should be this good, so maybe up your game and prepare some pork carnitas! “A staggering value, Patrick Mata brings in 10,000 cases of the 2011 Zestos Garnacha Old Vines, which was vinified in a combination of stainless steel and cement tanks. Made from old vine (over 40 years of age), high altitude (2800 feet) Grenache, this head-pruned vineyard planted on granite soils has produced an unbelievable wine for the price. Lots of kirsch, strawberry, black currant and licorice aromas jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, richly fruity, surprisingly intense red. Drink this pure, sexy effort over the next 1-2 years.”
Ludovicus 2010 – reg. $13.99 - From a small, family estate in the Terra Alta region of Spain (just a few miles south and west of Priorat) who has been producing wine for over 65 years. 40% Grenache, 15% Tempranillo, 15% Carignan, 20% Syrah and 10% Merlot. Wonderful scents of violets and cherries that give way to an incredibly delicious, medium to full-bodied wine loaded with blackberry, plum and blueberry fruit. At this quality, you’ll think you should squirrel it away… but at this price, you can bring it out for all of your guests and blow their minds! It’ll shine with burgers and pizza, but can play dress up with finer foods like grilled lamb chops brushed with a balsamic/ rosemary reduction and served with a chick-pea salad.
Perhaps two or three might be in order…
Half case deal? Sure… 15% off… or 20% if you have a Club Bag.