Saturday Wine Tasting
On Saturday, March 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., stop in at The Spanish Table to taste a legendary Albariño made by Raul Perez, one of Spain’s top winemakers. Some trade veterans believe that Raul is among the handful of best winemakers in the world. He hand makes hundreds of artisanal wines in infinitesimal quantities, so the opportunity to taste one of them is rare. We’ll be pouring a sample of2014 Leirana Finca Genoveva Albariño, Rias Baixas ($49.00) which is 100% Albariño made from vines planted in 1862. Aged 12 months in 4 year old foudre of 2500 liter. The 2014 vintage has not yet been reviewed by the wine press, but the 2013 vintage scored 93 points from Stephen Tanzer/Vinous.
Rare Sherry, Port and Madeira Arrive
Lustau Emperatriz Eugenia Very Rare Oloroso, Jerez ($22.99/500 ml) A stunning Oloroso which has not been available in our market for several years. From a solera established in 1921 when Eugenia de Montijo (born in Granada) was the last empress of France, visited Jerez. This Oloroso is the only bottling in the Gran Reserva series from Bodegas Lustau and it has become one of their flagship wines, with an average age of 20 years.
Displays heady aromas of sandalwood, orange zest and smoke. Notes of toffee, fig and nougat are viscous with a velvety texture on the palate. Concentrated notes of dried fruit, molasses, caramelized almonds and toffee are nuanced and seamless with a hint of sweetness. Hazelnut flavors, baking spice notes and citrus have gentle herbal notes. The finish is dry with a briny element which adds more depth and complexity. 92 points Wine Advocate
NV Niepoort 10 year Tawny Port, Portugal ($54.00) We’re so excited to have this revered tawny onto our shelf! “Amazing aromas of orange and lemon peel, with hints of toffee, caramel and honey. Full-bodied and luscious, with lots of sweet fruit and a long, subtle finish that goes on and on. A benchmark for 10-year-old tawnies.” 95 points Wine Spectator
1968 D’Oliveiras Bual Madeira ($236.00) “Balanced and plush, with concentrated buttercream, hazelnut, dried apricot and tropical fruit flavors that are still fresh and lively. Citrus zest and sea salt notes show midpalate. The finish lingers with cream, dried tarragon and Asian spice details. Drink now through 2035. 40 cases imported. ” 96 points Wine Spectator