Wednesday, October 7, 2009

wine dinner Fri october 9 2009

Meal includes Paella/albondigas/pollo al melocotones/epanadilla/and more
Price is 30 dollars for the 3 course meal and the following wine

Bon Appétit: Great Scoring Spanish Wines
October 8, 2009 with Michael Paré of L'Eft Bank Wine Company

2007 Rafael Palacios Louro
“90 points. The 2007 Louro do Bolo is 100% Godello produced from 40-50 year old vines. It was tank fermented and aged on the lies. Light gold-colored, it offers up aromas of petrol, white peach, and spiced pear. This leads to an elegant wine with a vibrant palate-feel, good balance, and outstanding concentration. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.” – Wine Advocate, August 2008.

2006 Artazuri Garnacha
“89 points. The purple-colored 2006 Santa Cruz is also 100% Garnacha, in this case sourced from a single vineyard with 80- to 100-year-old vines. It reveals a solid nose of mineral, spice box, and black cherry. On the palate it has very good, ripe savory flavors but comes off as slightly compact. While its intentions are more serious, on my pleasure meter it barely beats out the Artazuri Tinto.” – Wine Advocate, June 2009

2007 Mas Que Vinos Tempranillo Roble: “90 points. There are 10,000 cases of the 2007 Ercavio Roble, made up of 100% Cencibel (Tempranillo) and aged for five months in French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple in color, it delivers an expressive nose of cedar, earth notes, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. Thick, dense, and opulent on the palate, it has gobs of savory black fruit, licorice and spice notes, enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years, and a lengthy finish. It totally over-delivers for its humble price. This is one to buy by the case.” – Wine Advocate, February 2009

2007 Bodegas Castano Monastrell
“90 points. A customer cuvee from importer Eric Solomon, this dense, purple-colored wine reveals surprisingly sweet tannin as well as gobs of black raspberry, cranberry, and currant fruit. There are plenty of cases of this soft, supple, 100% Mourvedre [Monastrell] for the US. A wine to purchase by the case, it will last 2-5 years.” – Wine Advocate, February 2009

2005 Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica
“91 points. Mas Donis Barrica is a customer cuvee made or importer Eric Solomon using old-vine Garnacha (80+ years) and Syrah (30+ years). The 2005 Mas Donis Barrica is 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah aged for 8 months in French and American oak before bottling without fining or filtration. It offers up an expressive nose of slate, mineral, licorice, violets, black cherry, and blueberry. Layered, long, and complex, this spicy, hedonistic effort has 2-3 years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now without guilt. It is a great value.” – Wine Advocate, February 2008.

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