An Exciting Week of Wine Arrivals

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                                               April 1, 2011

April is shaping up to be a fantastic month for wine (and that's no April Fool's Day joke)! On Tuesday April 19, 2011 we've got a special dinner coming up at The Harvest Vine featuring the stellar wines of Rioja's Bodegas Ontañón. Fifth generation family member Raquel Perez Cuevas will be in town and will guide us through an evening of wines paired with The Harvest Vine's always glorious food. $65.00 per person, includes four wine flights - 2008 Vetiver Blanco, 2007 Ontañón Crianza, 2004 Ontañón Reserva and 2001 Ontañón Gran Reserva. Click Ontanon Dinner for the menu. 6:30 Guest Arrival. 

We'll be carrying freshly made, ready-to-eat Empanadas every Saturday. Owner Rodrigo of Maria Luisa Empanadas will deliver them at noon and feature six flavors, including vegetarian. They are $3.00 each, with a 10% discount for purchases of 6, and 20% off for a dozen. Great for parties!  We receive 8 dozen each Saturday, so please pre-order if you'd like to pick up a large quantity.  


2001 Ontañón Gran Reserva Rioja ($40.00) We haven’t tasted this yet since it just came in the door yesterday. But given the superb nature of Ontañón Crianza 2007 and Reserva 2004, the 2001 Gran Reserva can’t be anything less than incredible. It will be poured at the Harvest Vine wine dinner on April 19th.

2001 Viña Tondonia Reserva, Rioja ($40.00) From the artisanal and most traditional Rioja producer R. Lopez Heredia, 2001 Tondonia Reserva was barrel aged for six years and a further 3+ years in bottle. This would be a Gran Reserva from any other producer.

2004 Rioja Bordon Reserva ($16.99) is back in stock! Smoke and leather wrapped around a cherry-plum core. One of the best traditional Rioja Reservas from an excellent vintage.

2001 Beronia Gran Reserva ($26.99) A bargain from the superb 2001 vintage, it displays structure and focus. Sweet black cherry, spice and mushroom mingle on the palate; you’d be hard pressed to find a better match for lamb. This is so good that we bought all of the remaining bottles of this vintage!

2001 Casajus Antiguos Viñedos Ribera del Duero ($39.00) Owner, oenologist and the only employee of boutique Bodegas Casajus, Jose Alberto Calvo Casajus is also the village baker in his village of Quintana del Pidio, pop. 200. Born into a family of grape growers and educated in oenology, Jose Alberto produces the Antiguos Viñedos from a vineyard planted in 1920, ranking it among the oldest vineyards in Ribera del Duero.  He uses small stainless steel tanks equipped with a micro-oxygenation devise, new French Allier barrels for malolactic fermentation, and a combination of French Allier and American oak to produce an average of 50,000 bottles per year. 2001 Casajus Antiguos Viñedos is a powerful red with driving minerality.  Meaty black fruit, dark chocolate and notes of vanilla have a firm tannic spine. This is a serious wine, and one not to be missed by fans of Ribera del Duero wines.

2006 Val Soltillo Crianza, Ribera del Duero ($24.99) Another classic producer from Ribera del Duero, Val Soltillo has been out of the market for years but is now back on our shelves!

A new shipment of Lustau sherries is here. Half bottles of Los Arcos Amontillado, Puerto Fino, Jarana Fino and East India are finally here again.


New vintages of wines are released each year whether or not distributors have sold the prior year’s inventory, and with the sluggish economy, many excellent wines are on close-out prices. We scooped up some fantastic bargains this week, so take this opportunity and trade up to a better wine!

2005 Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Now $19.99, was $29.99.   Emilio Moro is consistently one of the best mid-priced producers in Ribera del Duero. In the last decade only their 2002 vintage scored below 90 points, and it’s become my go-to wine from this region. The 2005 offers up ripe black fruit, graphite, mineral and chocolate in a full-bodied style with plenty of grip. With enough structure to age well for additional years, this is a great time to put a case or two away in the cellar!  

2007 Finca Míllara, Ribera Sacra $36.00 – regular price $50.00.  Produced from 100% Mencia grown on red slate terraces in Galicia’s remote Ribera Sacra region. Dark, intense, and focused, Finca Míllara exhibits deep black fruit with a fine minerality, reminiscent of a full-bodied Burgandy. Notes of earth with supple tannins and a lingering dry finish.  “Finca Millara’s 2007 Mencia is the estate’s debut vintage. It spent 12 months in new French oak and is deep purple in color. The nose gives up an iron-like minerality, brooding black raspberries, smoke, and floral notes. Sweet, supple, and concentrated on the palate, this lengthy effort has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will offer a drinking window extending through 2019.” 91 points Wine Advocate

2005 Parmi l’Esperit de Porrera Priorat $38.00 – regular price $60.00. Parmi oenologist Christian Patat makes wine with Enzo Pontoni at Italy’s boutique Miani Winery. Produced in the same style as the Miani Merlot, the wines of Parmi are “absolutely spectacular” says Pontoni. A blend of 50-50 Garnacha and Carinena, with 24 months in new oak barrels, l’Esperit is explosive, concentrated and focused. With notes of vanilla on the front palate, expressive ripe fruit and hints of eucalyptus on the mineral finish, it manages to be both elegant and powerful. Parmi L’Infant (a younger blend) was singled out by Eric Asimov in his NY Times article  on 3/16/2011. When the distributor sold out of L’Infant, the winery temporarily dropped the price on L’Esperit and we were lucky to get one case at this price.   The next shipment of this wine will retail at the normal $60.00 price so pick up a bottle while you can!   Only 250 cases of this wine were produced.


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