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.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Viva Espana: Part 3

Part Three of the Spanish Wine entry provides even more choices of superb Spanish wine available.

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Bodegas Vega Moragona "La Duna"         Tempranillo         $14.95                        90/100 points
Colour: Red, clear
Nose: Red fruit, licorice, vanilla, coffee
Palate: Full bodied, nice feel in mouth. Persistent finish.
Comment: 40 year old single vineyard in Riberea del Jucar region. Castilla La Mancha Co-op.

Liberalia                                    Tempranillo                             $31.95                      93/100 points
Colour: Dark Red, clear
Nose: Dark fruit, pepper spice, violets, licorice
Palate: Concentrated, tannin, full bodied with dark fruit and anise. Long finish.
Comments: A truly exceptional wine that can develop over the next five year
Biftu Bobal                      Bobal                                                   $11.95            91/100 points
Colour: Very Dark Red, no debris
Nose: Floral, herbal, plum, black cherry, blackberry
Palate: Full bodied, tannic, nicely balanced with long finish
Comments: From the Province of Valencia, Spain and the region of Utiel Requena. Vines are 50 plus years old and resistant to Phylloxera. Aged in European barrels for five months (French/Hungarian Oak). Nice price. Try with Lamb, spare ribs, steak!

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Benedictum 111             Tempranillo                                                 $22.95        94/100 points
Colour: Red, clear, no debris
Nose: Earth, vanilla, dark fruit, wood oak, sweet spices
Palate: Full bodied, nice tannin, fruit and spice on finish. Lengthy finish.
Comments: Rich and intense with nice balance and well rounded wine. Nice wine and excellent meat wine. From Ribera Del Duero region. 50 year old vines.

Lagravera  Natural  2017            Grenache                                                                    94/100 points
Colour: Red with dark edges
Nose: Floral nose with red fruit and evolving bouquet
Palate: Fresh with medium body and lengthy finish with raspberry and anise.
Comments: Completely natural wine with spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No additives used in preservation. From a superb winery using biodynamic technics. Aged 8 months on Lees.  Certified. 
Food:  Pork Roast, Roast Chicken or Evening Salad Mix.