Peñafiel Castle, Ribera del Duero
Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter August 10, 2011
|We were fortunate to take an extraordinary trip to Northern Spain this year with wine importer Olé Imports. We met incredible winemakers, helped out with viticultural work in their vineyards, and best of all, tasted a spectacular array of wines. We placed special orders for new wines and the first shipment finally arrived last week, which coincided with a visit by our friends from Olé Imports, Patrick Mata (owner) and Ben Carson (General Manager). B. Don Sancho de Londoño barbequing bacon over vine clippings in his Calma Rioja vineyards. Both the wine and the bacon were incredible.
New Wines from Olé Imports Trip
2008 Bodegas D.S. Londoño Calma Rioja ($15.99) Winemaker David Sampedro grew up in Rioja Alavesa in a family connected to the land and viticulture. Early on, he realized that the Graciano grape is an essential element in a great Rioja, contributing color, spice and acidity. 2008 Calma is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, aged in barrel for 12 months. Aromas of spice, cigar box and vanilla display a purity of red fruit and dusty earth; well integrated oak provides structure, elegance and balance. This is absolutely delicious and a great value! 89 points Stephen Tanzer “… black cherry and violet scents and a kick of cracked pepper. Tightly wound at first, then opens to offer chewy dark fruit flavors and a touch of mocha. Dusty tannins add grip to the finish, which leaves cassis and bitter cherry notes behind.”
2009 Barco de Piedra Ribera del Duero ($13.99) Special price while the first shipment lasts! A small production red which shows the bright fruit and power of Ribera del Duero. Oak aged for 5 months, it displays enticing violet aromas with fresh notes of blackberry, hints of blueberry and tar, a firm structure and a depth of flavor. This is from a great vintage and has the stuffing to age for a year or two, but it is already irresistible.
2010 Bodegas Hnos del Villar Oro de Castilla Verdejo, Rueda ($13.99)special price while first shipment lasts. Wines made from the Verdejo grape are easily oxidyzed, so the del Villar brothers take every possible step to ensure freshness and flavor, including harvesting at night. The wines are fermented with the natural occurring yeasts from their own grapes, and the wine undergoes battonage which provides a creamy texture. Rich lemon-lime flavors have herbal notes and a hint of grassiness. This is an excellent wine with salty foods or fresh shellfish.
2005 Barón de Magaña, Navarra ($19.99) Expressive and complex with ripe dark fruit, spice and fine leather. Well-balanced, bright spicy fruit with very well integrated lively tannins. Aged in French oak for 14 months. “Good lift to the Bordeaux-like aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry, tobacco and rose. Juicy and focused, offering sweet red fruit and floral flavors and a lashing of cracked pepper. Finishes lithe and sweet, with a note of candied cherry. This is delicious now.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer
2007 Raul Perez Ultreia de Valtuille, Bierzo ($87.00) 100% Mencia, fermented in egg shaped Austrian barrels. 315 cases made, 15 for the U.S. This wine is an experience; like a gift that keeps on giving, it continues to entrance over the course of an evening as it develops complexity with air, displaying earth notes, subtle spice and silky red fruit. One of the most graceful wines I’ve ever enjoyed. The wines of Raul Perez must be tasted to be believed!
Barrel tasting with Raul Perez
Photos by Sharon Baden
NEW PRODUCTS ARRIVED MONDAY!
4 pallets of paella cookware. All sizes of carbon steel pans and burners are back in stock including the complete paella burner and pan set. We’ve added a stainless steel flat-bottom paellera for cooking on ceramic stoves (40 cm – 9 servings).
3 pallets from Ybarra, including one liter wine vinegar ($4.99) and three liter PET Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($31.99).
1 pallet of green glassware with four new styles, including “water” and “wine” tumblers.
2 pallets of terra cotta cazuelas have restocked all sizes .
Traveling to Spain in early September?
Bodegas Artadi is pleased to announce the inaugural harvest party for their El Sequé winery in Pinoso, Alicante Spain on Monday, September 5, 2011. It was ten years ago when Artadi first arrived in the D.O. Alicante to learn, enjoy and share their experiences around the Monastrell variety. Today, Artadi crafts two beautiful wines from this region made of young and old vines: Viñedos de El Sequé and El Sequé. We carry the delicious 2009 Viñedos de El Seque ($10.99) here at the shop. Contact The Spanish Table, Seattle if you’d like to attend. We’d go if we could….