Wednesday, November 16, 2011

wine tasting friday night 11/18

Wines listed below with spanish food (see spanish meal above for example) 30 dollars or dinner only 22 dollars.

Looking forward to a great dinner and great wines on Friday night.
NV Cristalino Cava BrutThis fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes.

2010 Salneval Albarino 100% Albarino. Light straw in color, the nose of this AlbariƱo is seductive with honey, pear and tropical fruit and a slight mineral component. It is racy and zesty with citrus and floral flavors in the mouth, yet is round and soft at the same time. It matches perfectly with fresh seafood and shellfish; is an ideal accompaniment to salty, spicy Asian cuisine; and is also great on its own as a cocktail wine.

2009 Conde de Valdemar TempranilloMade from 100% Tempranillo grapes grown in the family’s vineyards in Rioja Alta. This wine is made by the ancient local tradition of whole berry fermentation (a form of carbonic maceration) where whole clusters of grapes are hand carried to small vats. This results in an intensely fruit driven wine that is rich, round, and well-balanced. It has a very dark, yet bright violet color with a nose of blackberries and red currants. In the mouth it is full bodied and explosive with berry flavors.

2006 Conde de Valdemar Rioja Crianza90% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo aged for 15 months in American Oak Barrel. The Crianza is ruby red in color with ripe fruit aromas of plum and cherry. In the mouth, it has fresh raspberry integrated with spicy oak and vanilla flavors. A great match for roasted chicken, grilled meats and various stews.

2004 Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reserva90% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, aged for 18 months in French and American oak. Bright cherry color with sweet vanilla, cedar and spice on the nose. Rich and mouth filling, this outstanding Reserva is balanced by excellent acidity, medium tannins and a long silky finish. A great match for roasted meats, grilled game and medium cheeses. Michael

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