Brand: Zestos wines are the product of Manuel Martinez, a 3rd generation winemaker whose family has been producing wine in Madrid for centuries. He owns Viños Jeromin, an organically farmed bodega that crafts wine from 3 different districts within the Madrid DO.
Winemaking: Grapes are sourced from high elevation vineyards of San Martin Valdeiglesias, just northwest of Madrid. Located at 574 m [1,883 ft] in elevation, with granite and sand soil, the vines were planted from 1960 to 1970. The San Martin area is known for producing “the most floral and mineral Garnachas in all of Spain”. Vinified and aged “in cement and stainless steel tanks to emphasize the purity of flavor and the youthful, fresh character of the Garnacha grape”.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of candied flowers, strawberry, cherry, a hint of pink peppercorn and earth. Super fruity with cherry, plum, blackberry and black cherry dusted with black pepper. A streak of anise and mint compliment the bright fruit flavours. Minerals, along with returning black pepper and cherry comprise the dry, supple finish. Easy drinking, versatile and a fantastic value.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: “Put it next to any casual foods you care to: pizza, Panini sandwiches, pulled pork sliders, fajitas, cheese quesadillas, and pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. This is an “easy quaffer” wine, as well. If you don’t have any aged manchego or aged Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese handy, just pour some in your glass and enjoy!”
Vinos de Madrid
Bottled by N.R.E. 2B/40.527-M for CÍA de Vinos del Atlántico
Estate: Fronton de Oro is a family winery headed by Pedro and Antonio Ramírez and is located in the hills of Gran Canaria Island, in the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain. The majority of the 6 hectares of vineyards are located above 1000 meters on terraced slopes with volcanic soils. Gran Canaria received its DO [Denominaciones de Origen] status in 2000, making it the youngest wine region in the Canary Islands.
Winemaking: Although not certified, organic farming and methods are used. Grapes are sourced from high elevation vineyards with volcanic soils. Aged for 3 months in used American oak. Less then 4,000 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry, earth, spice and a hint of leather. There is a smoky, volcanic edge to the black cherry, raspberry and dried herbs. Firm tannins compliment dark chocolate, spice and earthy minerality on the moderate finish. Powerful flavours, yet very easy drinking and a fantastic pairing with a wide variety of dishes, especially anything roasted.
100% Listán Negro
Produced & Bottled by Hoya Camaretas S.L.
Enjoy now thru 2019
Estate: Cellar del Roure is an ancient winemaking estate located in Valencia, southeastern Spain. Headed by Pablo Calatayud, the property still has its original subterranean cellar dug into the bedrock. Many of the original terracotta amphorae were preserved in perfect condition, as well as their connecting “stone channels carved into the rock, serving as the most rudimentary form of gravity flow”. As an advocate for indigenous grapes, Pablo Calatayud seized this as an opportunity to “champion indigenous viticulture” and reinvigorate the estate. While modern techniques are still used for many of the wines, three [Cullerot, Vermell and Parotet] are crafted with a few ancient techniques and aged in terracotta amphorae in the original cellar.
Winemaking: The vineyards are sustainably farmed. Grapes were hand harvested from 15 year old vines in clay and sandy loam soils. Fermented with natural yeast, aged for 6 months in terracotta amphorae buried in mud.
Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of wild berries laced with smoke. Light on its feet with a fantastically super spicy, dry, lengthy finish. The amphora ageing contributes an engaging plush softness to the berry notes. A wonderful light fruity wine that stands up to its spicy finish and pairs perfectly with all barbeque and grilled plates.
40% Monastrell, 40% Garnacha Tintorera, 20% Mandó
$15 [average price]
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate
Winery: Celler Jordi Lluch is a family winery located in in Sant Quintí de Mediona, in the heart of the Penedès region of Catalonia, Spain. The family has been making wine for many generations, but only started producing for the public in 1984. The Vinya Escudé label was created in 1992 when they began bottling their wines. The estate consists of 25 hectares which are supplemented by neighboring growers to meet their needs.
Tasting Notes: Coppery pink in colour with aromas of strawberry and a hint of funk. Dried strawberry and leather notes are complimented by mellow, consistent bubbles. A pleasantly bitter element lingers on the dry finish. Like a fizzy fruit roll up, an enjoyable change of pace combining bubbles and rosé.
100% Pinot Noir
Produced by Jordi Lluch
Winery: Don Antonio Guerra founded Vinos Guerra in 1879, making it the oldest winery in the Bierzo region of northwest Spain. Today the estate’s 2471 acres of vineyards are one third of all the vineyards Bierzo. The winery is known for its highly selective processes of only using the best 10% of grapes, which translate into wines with consistent “extraordinary quality”. The estate also possesses “the oldest and most precious Mencia and Dona Blanca vines in the Bierzo region”.
Winemaking: All of the vineyards are dry farmed and cultivated using only organic methods. Grapes were sourced from vineyards with calcareous clay and slate soils, planted in 1955-65.
Tasting Notes: Dark red violet in colour with aromas of cherry, spice, sweet rose and a hint of mint. Fruit forward with cherry, raspberry and blackberry underscored by fresh, herbaceous notes and a shake of black pepper. A streak of chalky minerality joins black cherry on the wonderfully dry finish. Not just an engaging sip, this is a fantastic value well worth seeking out.
Bottled by Vinos Guerra
Enjoy now thru 2017