|A long time importer friend of the Spanish Table here in California has called it quits and moved to Australia. He’s given us first pick of his wines at amazing prices and we stocked up on a few choice items.
These hearty reds are cellar worthy selections that will be available only while the limited supply lasts. Enjoy them tonight after a bit of breathing time (they respond amazingly well to a bit of air) or put them away for down the line. This is definitely a not to be missed opportunity.
|2000 Valduero Reserva – 94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, “The 2000 Reserva is a bit more refined than the Crianza but hardly a shrinking violet. The color is less dense and the nose is more expressive. There are notes of cedar, tobacco, scorched earth, truffle, blueberry, and blackberry which jump from the glass. On the palate the wine remains youthful with layers of flavor but also some elegance as well as power. The fruit is ripe and sweet, the tannins soft, and the finish lasts for at least 45 seconds.”
Regular retail is $39.99. While supplies last. $23.99
|2004 Valduero Crianza – Valduero is one of the older wineries in Ribera del Duero and continues to make a more traditional styled Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.
We’ve bought the last 30 cases of the 2004 Crianza and for good reason. Floral blackberry, smoke and star anise and a touch of pepper on the nose. Rich and full flavored with sweet black cherry, chocolate, and cinnamon. Lasting flavors of baking spice, black fruit and good acidity on the finish. This is still young and will drink well for the next couple of years easily.
Regular retail is $28.99. While supplies last. $17.99
|2004 Sangenis I Vaque Vall Por Priorat – Sangenis I Vaque was founded back in the late 70’s but the vineyards have been in the Vaque family since the 1700’s. Their vineyards, which are organically farmed are located around the town of Porrera and are primarily the famed black slate (licorella) that has made Priorat famous.
A stellar vintage, this is tightly wound and a decant makes this shine. Spicy blueberry, chocolate and plumcake on the nose. Velvety & silky with dense, palate coating flavors of dark chocolate, plum and blueberry, anise and a mineral edge. Bright acidity and lingering notes of mineral and sweet blueberries on the finish.
Regular retail $31.99. While it lasts. $17.99
Joseph Puig is the man behind the Priorat winery called Bodegas Ithaca. Puig is an avid inventor and is well-known throughout Spain for his numerous patents (the cantilevered cork screw, for instance) as well as his fascination with the tale of Odysseus. His wines in have always done well at the Spanish Table but due to a change of Importers (same story as Valduero in the adjacent column) Bodegas Ithaca has been in short supply. A new importer has started bringing in new vintages. Meanwhile, here are some choices from previous vintages that will disappear quickly at these prices.
2006 Penelope Garnatxa Peludo – I really like the fact that this late harvest wine is only a touch sweet. Notes of black cherry, rose, spiced cranberries and blood orange. Good natural acidity, this is an excellent option for upcoming holiday dessert wine. 500ml bottle. Regular retail $34.99. Now $19.99 Limited
2006 Penelope Garnatxa Blanca – This is the other option, but done with the white grape. Again just slightly sweet, this leans towards honey and white peach, apricot blossoms, a touch of mint and good minerality. Round and full on the palate. 500ml bottle. Regular retail $34.99. Now $18.99 Limited.
2007 Odysseus Pedro Ximenez Blanco – This is a unique dry white wine in that Pedro Ximenez is most often found raisined and pressed to make an extremely sweet Sherry. This is totally dry and has notes of apricot, tangerine, a bit of lemon and white flowers. Good minerality and good acidity. Only 150 cases made. Regular retail $35.99. Now $19.99 Limited.