Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Viva Espana Part 2

Part 2 continues the enormous value that Spain has to offer with its wines. Who does absolutely phenomenal wines at that quality/price ratio? Pricey wines need to be good but wines at the lower price level can be a risk. Spain seems to have taken the risk out of trying wine!

Red Continued:


Valeta Tempranillo               100% Tempranillo                        $12.95     93/100 points
Colour:: Dark Ruby, clear
Nose: Floral Lavender, coffee, vanilla wood, wild cherry, raspberry and a hint of chocolate
Palate: Round, full bodied, rich, intense with black fruit, anise (licorice), oak and vanilla on the finish.
Comments: From  Granada, this wine is a super wine for meat entrees or a hearty stew. 

Alceo - Tempranillo <span>(750ml)</span> <span>(750ml)</span>

Alceo Tempranillo        100% Tempranillo                         $12.95      94/100 points
Colour: Ruby red
Nose:    Blackberry, plum, black cherry, leather, vanilla oak
Palate: Full bodied, sweet, easy sipping tannin, oak on the finish and nice length!
Comments: Points based on price/quality ratio. From La Mancha. Hand picked and indigenous yeast used in the making. Aged in American and French oak.
Escondido Tempranillo 2015, Do Ribera Del Duero Bottle

Escondido Tempranillo  100% Tempranillo                   $16.95          94/100 points
Colour: Ruby Red
Nose: Red and black fruit at different levels of air exposure. Vanilla oak, Chocolate and coffee.
Palate: Black fruit mainly blackberry, pepper spice, Full bodied with good tannin structure. Nice length.
Comments: At LCBO Vintages 132597. From Ribera del Duero. 8 months in oak.

Casajus Vendima Seleccionada      100%Tempranillo    $28.95         93/100 Points
Colour: Ruby Red/Purple
Nose: Mix of red and black fruit as the wine develops in glass. Mushroom, anise, vanilla, pepper spice and nice minerality.
Palate: Full body with velvety tannin and good structure. Intense flavours of blackberry, plum with anise/licorice on the uptake. Long finish.
Comments: Aged 6 months in French oak. From Tinta Fina Tempranillo vines that are 80 years old.

2009 Bodegas J A Calvo Casajus "Antiguos Vinedos" Ribera del Duero ...
 Casajus Antiguos Vinedos     100% Tempranillo       $39.95             91/100
Colour: Ruby Red/Purple
Nose: Black Fruit predominately Blackberries but with nuances of black cherry and plum, toast, vanilla wood, pepper, licorice/fig, mineral notes.
Palate: Full bodied, well balanced with red and black fruit though cherry predominates with nuances of raspberry, black berry. vanilla and long finish with licorice/fig.
Comments: From Tinta Fina Tempranillo, 80 year old vines and aged in American and French Oak for 18 months.