Comse Palacio y Hermanos Crianza 2004

Comse Palacio y Hermanos Crianza 2004 This is a wine that is popular in a lot of the bigger chain stores, but lets not hold that against it.  Its a solid performer and the 2004 is a value for money winner, up there with Conde de Valdemar.  Its made from Tempranillo in the cooler Rioja Alvesa and gets 8 months in new french oak.  It needs a quick decant to show its best, but shows well from the first pour.

Very deep red in colour with aromas of cherry and mulberry with a touch of earth, violets and spice.  Really nice acid and plush, chalky tannins in mouth with the oak in the backseat giving a bit of direction.  Ripe, juicy fruit on the palate, more mulberry with some blueberry and cherry, with a bit of mocha coffee and spice.  Its not overly complex, its the good fruit and smart oak treatment that help this wine over deliver as a midweek tipple.  Excellent quality for the price.  89 Pts.

Source: Retail Cost: $24 Closure: Conventional Cork


Cillar de Silos Crianza 2005

This is one of my favourite wines from Ribera del Duero.  It isn't over the top, its very classy, and ages very well.  You pay a bit more than your average Crianza, but its worth every cent.  2005 was an almost perfect year in Ribera del Duero, except for some small patch of frost at the end of September and one of the driest summers on record.

As always this wine has a very expressive and aromatic nose of cherries, mulberry, violets, earth and mocha coffee.  In the mouth the wine shows great balance and intensity with fine tannins and a touch of acid on the finish.  The palate is a bit closed at the moment. But this is normal at this stage, this wine tends to need a couple of years to really strut its stuff.  Cherries and Mulberry, a bit of earthy sage and pepper.  If you're a Ribera del Dureo nut, this is a must buy. If you do grab some,  put it in the cellar for a couple of years, then drink over the following 8.  93 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Cost: $55 Closure: Conventional Cork


Other vintages: 2004

Mas Donis Tinto 2006

Capcanes Mas Donis Rosat 2006I couldn't wait for the screwcapped version of this wine, so I've had a crack at the cork version for now.  I'll have a look at both in the next couple of week.

This is the entry level red wine from Capcanes, made from mostly Garnarcha with a dollop of  syrah from the lower, stoney soils of Montsant.   A quick dunk in american and french oak for 3 month actually works quite well for this wine.

Classic nose of raspberries and raspberry leaf with some rocky minerals and a touch of herbs and pepper.  Well balanced with some fluffy tannins and good acid on the finish.  Highly drinkable.  The palate shows bright shiny fruit, mostly raspberry with pepper and spice.  Perfect with food, but great just on its own.  A good way to look at a quality garnarcha at a low price.  89 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Cost: $23 Closure: Syth Cork



Capçanes Mas Donis Rosat 2006

Capcanes Mas Donis Rosat 2006In addition to a reading about a really good rose, this is a tale of two alternative closures: synthetic cork and screwcap.  I had the opportunity to taste this wine under both closures recently and the results were very interesting.  I have a bottle of the tinto for a similar test next month.

A bit about the wine first.  Its made from 80% Garnarcha with equal parts Syrah and Merlot grown in the stony soils of the lower areas of Montsant.  The wine has 10 hours of skin contact and is left in stainless steel for 4 months before bottling.  The result is a winey rose with a brilliant pink colour.

Cork: very aromatic with strawberries and raspberries followed by some subtle mountain herbs and rocks.  In the mouth there is excellent balance with a glycerol feel.  Dry and long.  The palate mimics the nose for the most part but adds some pepper and apple notes.  89 Pts. 

Screwcap: This really shows off the great fruit used this wine.  As above for the most part but a step up in all respects.  More alive and vigorous on the palate, its fresher and direct with great fruit impact. Also shows a mineral aspect on the palate.  The kind of wine you could drink by the jug on a warm day. Regardless of what you think about screwcap for red wine, its perfect for this style. 91 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Cost: $23 Closure: Syth Cork/Screwcap


Telmo Rodriguez M2 de Matallana 2004

Telmo Rodriguez M2 de Matallana 2004I mentioned this in an earlier note, but I think it deserves a post on its own. These mid level wines from Telmo are really good value if you want to add some top shelf Spanish gear to your cellar.  Espessially this wine and the Gago from Toro.  

Deep red in the glass, with a purple rim.  Its Ribera straight out of the box with earthy, floral notes of violet with great cherry and mulberry fruit.  More interest is added with some smoke and creamy oak. The palate shows similar fruit with added sage, minerals and iron ore.  Loads of soft fruit tannins, the acid is a touch low.  Excellent drinking now and over the next 10 years.  93 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition RRP: $55 Closure: Conventional Cork

Other vintages: 2003 

New look

The site has had a few issues over the past couple of days, one of the key issues seems to be theme I've been using.  I have been developing a new over the last month or so.  Although I'm not happy with it yet, I've put it up as the site seems to work better with it.  For those interested, the new banner is the view to the north of the Pesquera bodega in Ribera del Duero.

The sidebars seem to be moving around when looking at single posts and page references are still a bit screwed, but mostly the site is working OK.  Let me know if you find any bugs and bear with me while I get it right over the next couple of days. 


Movember - Sponsor Me

I have joined up with the Boccaccio Movember team, so I will be growing a Mo this month.  I am taking next week off work, so I figure what better excuse to get hairy.  Here is the blurb:

Hi All,

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