Spanish Wines

Spanish Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, February 19, 2011


2008 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Almansa Big fruit on the nose, especially cherry and blueberry, surrounded by baking spice and smoke. There’s a lot of stone on the palate, but the fruit underneath is really bright. The acidity grows through the mid-palate, and it finishes with some curry spice. (92 Points)

2008 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla (Silver Label) – Spain, Murcia, Jumilla Very floral on the nose, with hints of cherry, meat juice, and blackberry underneath. Rich and juicy on the palate, the cherry and blackberry fruit are right upfront, with the meat and spice notes coming in on the mid-palate. It finishes with nice floral notes. (91 Points)

2006 Ferrer Bobet Priorat – Spain, Catalunya, Priorat It has a little of the fake cherry juice on the nose, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. It also had some coffee bean and raspberry. Rich and soft on the palate, the red fruit and mocha mix is nice. (89 Points)

2001 Bodegas Las Orcas Rioja Solar de Randez Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja The nose was fairly tight, but did have nice tobacco and cherry aromas. The tannins were soft on the palate, and the flavors were good, but there wasn’t a whole lot there. (87 Points)

2008 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio – Spain, Murcia, Jumilla A massive fruit bomb on the nose. Blueberry, cherry, and creamy oak. The palate is pretty much the same. Over-oaked, and too much fruit. Not my style, so I won’t score, but it’s in the 87-88 range.


2006 Benjamin Romeo Rioja Predicador – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja A really earthy nose of stone, cedar, and smoke. After that is some floral notes before the blackberry fruit makes an appearance. The palate is much the same as the nose – earthy, floral, then fruity. I like it. (92 Points)

2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Aro – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja Heavy on the earthy aromas, the nose has incense and spice, floral notes and toasted oak. After that a little blackberry. Toasted oak on the palate, the earth flavors are upfront, with the black fruit underneath. (92 Points)

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