Barrel Tasting Fino at Emilio Lustau
White washed villages resonate with Phoenician, Greek and Moorish history. Fiery Andalucian horses, the ancestors of Austrian Lipizzaners. Flamenco, fiestas and alegria. Shrimp, clams and sherry! These are just some of the pleasures of Southern Spain.
Massive bodegas surrounding the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barremeda and El Puerta de Santa Maria announce that you’re in one of the three sherry producing towns in D.O. Jerez. On our first trip to Jerez de la Frontera years ago, we made a beeline for Bodegas Emilio Lustau where Manolo, the general manager, led us through a tasting of 18 amazing sherries: Some dry, some sweet, others with incredible complexity. What an underappreciated wine! From that day forward, I’ve been a sherry aficionado.
An excellent opportunity to learn about Lustau’s sherries is coming up on Tuesday October 26th, 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Vine. Ignacio Lopez of Bodegas Emilio Lustau will be leading a tasting of nine sherries, paired with tapas. The cost is $45.00 per person and there are only 20 spaces available, so call Harvest Vine right away to make a reservation: 206.320.9771. The sherries to be tasted are: Light Fino “Jarana”; Puerto Fino; Manzanilla Papirusa; Amontillado Los Arcos; Palo Cortado Peninsula; Oloroso Pata de Gallina; Deluxe Cream Catataz Andres; East India Solera Sherry; Moscatel St. Emilin.
2008 Temperamento Bobal, Utiel-Requena ($12.99) One of Spain’s lesser known indigenous grapes, Bobal has the potential to produce powerful reds from old vines. The 2008 Temperamento exhibits this robustness with an oaky structure from 6 months in French oak. Ripe red cherry fruit and cola notes have ample tannins and a clean finish.
2009 Achaval Ferrer Malbec, Mendoza ($21.99) “A minerally spine drives this, with the core of damson plum, raspberry ganache and blackberry fruit staying sweet but racy and defined. Violet and graphite hints add length on the mouthwatering finish.” 91 points Wine Spectator
2009 La Cartuja Priorat ($14.99) This is a stellar Priorat for the price! Juicy red berry fruit with hints of mineral and dried herbs, it is a medium bodied red with silky tannins. Aged in French oak for 8 months, it has a rich finish with spice and black cherry notes which linger on the palate. La Cartuja completely over delivers.
We can’t get over how delicious the 2001 La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva Rioja is! 2001 was a spectacular vintage which is eximplified in the Reservas and Gran Reservas that are now coming in. 2001 Viña Arana Reserva ($32.00) is packed with dried plum and cranberry which explodes on the palate. An elegant texture with silky tannins leads into a lengthy, dry finish with notes of earth and tobacco. This is so good that we bought the last four cases available from the distributor.
Choose from our stack of favorite 2001 Spanish reds: 2001 Luis Cañas Reserva de Familia Rioja ($33.00); 2001 Beronia Gran Reserva ($26.99); 2001 Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva ($22.99) and 2001 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva ($57.00). Now is the time to stock up on these wines before they sell out!
ANNOUNCING “CHEESE OF THE MONTH!” We’ve worked out a new cheese program with our favorite distributor to bring better value to our loyal Queso customers. Each month, we’ll be offering special pricing on a selected cheese. This month’s selection is Amarelo, one of our tastiest Portuguese cheeses. A handcrafted, small production cheese which usually retails for $27.99 per pound is now $22.99 per pound. Buy a whole wheel (1.5 Lb) and receive an additional 10% off! Fresh and soft, it is a blend of sheep and goats milk from the Beira Baixa region. This astounding buttery, slightly piquant washed rind cheese has flavors of roasted onion, sea salt, notes of sweet lemon and a lingering savory finish with grassy overtones. Cut the top off a and have your guest spread this insanely delicious cheese over a crusty baguette at your Halloween party!