Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter March 15, 2012
We’re big fans of Ribera del Duero wines here at The Spanish Table, and avid supporters of artisanal producers. When wines are hand-produced from unique parcels of land, a talented winemaker creates absolute poetry. One of the most impressionable producers we’ve come across recently is Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros, a garagiste winemaker in Ribera del Duero. A partnership between three close friends (two are trained agronomists), these young winemakers are deeply committed to organic and biodynamic viticulture. On last year’s visit, we had a session of weed management (meaning we weeded a vineyard!), mixed up a variety of biodynamic compost teas used in insect and mildew control, and others which provide energy to the vines. In addition, Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros practices methodical grape selection; from 120 acres of vineyards, only 20% of the fruit is made into their Mibal wines. The rest of the grapes are sold to other producers. Making wine is a labor of love; selling grapes pays the bills.
The wines of Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros arrived this week and so far we have one case of each wine in stock.
2010 Mibal Rosado (Ribera del Duero) $15.99 We absolutely flipped over this rosado last May and have been asking the importer for it ever since. It is finally here and delicious! We opened a bottle this week on a snow and sleet-filled evening. Cherry colored, it is a hearty rosé with notes of ripe berry, plenty of lift and a light, dry finish. A perfect rosé for these days when sunshine alternates with snow showers.
2010 Mibal Tinto, Ribera del Duero ($16.99) 100% Tempranillo aged in stainless steel. 833 cases made, 150 cases for the U.S. Showing a purity of extracted blueberry and black fruit, Mibal Tinto is full bodied and bright. With notes of chocolate and wild herbs, it displays impressive lift, depth and length.
2008 Mibal Roble, Ribera del Duero ($25.99) 100% Tempranillo, aged 12 months in French oak, 870 cases made. Double selection of grapes here, sorted first by the best clusters and then the best berries. With notes of vanilla and herbs on the nose, it is velvety and balanced on the palate. Smoky, silky and spicy, with elements of pencil lead and a juicy finish.
NEW ITEMS & FAVORITES BACK IN STOCKIdiazabal cheese special– $11.99 per pound. From the Basque country, this smoked sheep’s milk cheese makes a tasty counterpoint to Manchego. Try it now while it’s on sale!Whole Bacalao filets are back in stock — 10% discount on purchases of whole filets.Mole Coloradito for enchiladas – direct from Oaxaca, Mexico
Dried Costeño Peppers, great in soups, stews and mole, from Guerrero Mexico.
Mole Negro and Mole Poblano in 8 oz bags. Dilute with water or chicken stock to taste and serve! $4.39 each.
OTHER NEW WINES:
2007 Raul Perez El Pecado, Ribera Sacra ($84.00) Four bottles available! Raul Perez makes some of Spain’s most amazing wines in the cool, green Ribeira Sacra region in Galicia. His reds, made from the Mencia grape are reminiscent of top shelf Burgundy. They are prized for their quality as well as their rarity since all his wine are produced in miniscule quantities. The precision and elegance of these wines is simply astounding. “The 2007 El Pecado is 100% Mencia from the DO of Ribera Sacra. Its ethereal aromas are reminiscent of a great vintage of La Tache (readers will surely think I’m exaggerating) leading to a layered, sleek, elegant wine with tons of spice, that seems to melt in the mouth. The extraordinary wines of Raul Perez must be tasted to be believed. Words simply cannot do them justice.” 98 points Wine Advocate
2010 Altés Garnatxa Negra, Terra Alta ($9.99) “High-pitched aromas of raspberry and floral oils, with a note of white pepper gaining strength with air. Juicy, precise red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth and clarity and gain flesh with air. Finishes sweet and long, with lingering red fruit notes and no rough edges. This is an outstanding value.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer
2010 Evodia Garnacha, Calatayud ($9.99) New vintage just arrived! “(Made from vines that are reportedly up to 100 years of age; raised in concrete): Bright ruby. Raspberry and cherry on the intensely fragrant nose, with a smoky quality adding complexity. Fleshy, round red berry and spice flavors show impressive clarity and energy, especially for the price. Silky tannins add shape to the long, spicy, appealingly sweet finish. This is a great value.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer
Spanish Table Six Pack O’Wine Take a tasting trip around Iberia (and a side trip to Chile) with this 6 bottle wine sampler. We’ve discounted the wines 10% and included a wine tote for only $45.00 plus tax. You’ll also receive one hour parking validation at the Market Garage, 1531 Western Avenue. About the wines:
2003 Val de los Frailes Vendimia Seleccionada, Cigales: Complex aromas and textures. Flavors are pure cherry, smoke and chocolate, while the finish is long and minty, echoing some of the barrels it once saw. Best Buy. 90 points Wine Enthusiast
2009 Santa Carolina Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Chile: Dry and crisp, this Sauvignon Blanc has creamy citrus notes. Great for just sipping, or with a cheese plate.
2010 Comoloco Monastrell, Jumilla: This juicy red has well integrated savory notes with spicy blue fruit flavors. 88 points Wine Advocate
2006 Senorio de Sarria Crianza, Navarra Velvety and complex, this Navarran Tempranillo displays bright red fruit with notes of earth and tar. Shows excellent lift and balance.
2009 Castillo de Monséran Garnacha, Calatayud Soft, round and fruity, this delightful Garnacha is an excellent choice for those who are turned off by an abundance of tannins.
2009 Protocolo Tinto, La Mancha “Deep ripe and minty on the nose with berry power foretelling a pure, lush palate.. one of the best deals in Spanish red wine you’re likely to find.” 89 points Wine Enthusiast, #2 Best Buy of 2011