Brand: Senda Verde is a brand of acclaimed importer Winesellers, LTD. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the family run company was awarded “2015 Importer of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers has over 3 decades of experience as a family importer of family wineries, from both well-known and unique wine regions around the globe.
Senda Verde brings together artisanal wines from unique regions in northern Spain that follow the 43°N parallel, from coastal Galicia eastward along the northern coastline. Lush and green, the region is known as “España Verde” [Green Spain].
Winemaking: Grapes are from mountainside vines 40+ years in age, with a mix of slate and granite soil. Hand harvested, malolactic fermentation follows 4 days of pre-maceration, racked several times to remove the lees.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of red and black berries along with crushed stone minerality. Cherry, raspberry, blackberry, a streak of black cherry and peppery spice are framed by fresh acidity and silky tannins. Finishing clean and fruity. Lively and straightforward, this is fantastic on its own or with a wide variety of dishes. [It was great with barbeque kidney bean and bulgur veggie burger with cheddar mashed potatoes.]
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Excellent with roasted red meats, chicken, fowl and shellfish in tomato sauce.
Bottled for MGH Wines Group S.L. by R.N.E. 8172LE00
$13 [average price]
Sample submitted for review purpose.
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
A phenomenal value, glugable jammy fruit wrapped around a velvety core of toasted oak spice.
Estate: Vinos de Arganza is a family estate owned by Victor Robal and his wife, Ángeles Varela, who can trace her family’s winemaking traditions back to the 15th century. The estate is located in the El Bierzo region of northwest Spain and contains nearly 4000 hectares of vineyards.
Winemaking: Aged for 20 months in French and American oak.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of black current and toasted oak. Blackberry, black cherry and dense raisin flavours harmonized with sweet and spicy toasted oak along with herbaceous traces on the lengthy finish.
Elaborado y Embotellado por [Produced and Bottled by] Vinos de Arganza
Enjoy now thru 2016
Rated 90 points by Robert Parker
A fantastic year-round Rosé with crisp, clean flavours that are a great match with light dishes.
Winery: Vinos Guerra was founded by Don Antonio 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. The average vine age is 50 years. Grapes for the Rosado were sourced from vines in river stone and clay soils at nearly 2000 ft in elevation planted in 1958-68. Aged in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Coral pink in colour with aromas of wildflowers and traces of pink peppercorn. Cranberry and apple flavours were supported by a bright acidity, whilst fresh citrus and clean mineral notes elongated the dry finish.
Recommended Pairing: Salads, light pasta and rice dishes [from the winery]. I enjoyed it with soft goat cheese, quince chutney and grilled bread and it was absolutely fantastic.
Bottled by Vinos Guerra
$12 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015
Concentrated, pleasant flavours, a decent value and an agreeable [albeit slightly generic] companion to everyday dishes.
Estate: With over 500 years of consecutive family history behind them, the Alvarez de Toledo family has numerous accomplishments, notably beginning in 1472 when Count Don Garcia Alvarez de Toledo was granted the title of Duke of Alba by Henry IV of Castile. Jump to 1514 when Pedro Alvarez de Toledo founded the family’s lengthy tradition of winemaking. The estate is located in a valley in the mountains of northern Spain, and is now recognized as a World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve.
Winemaking: The vineyards are located in a unique, mild and humid microclimate. The Mencia grape is thought to be indigenous to the region, and through multiple generations of vine selection, the family has culled “the most suitable variety for producing red wines of great character”. Aged for 10 months in American and French oak.
Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of strawberry, oak and traces of cigar box spice. Concentrated black cherry leads to a dense finish of white peppercorn, vanilla and dried strawberry notes.
Bottled for Alvarez de Toledo Vinedos Y Grupo Bodega, S.L. by R.E. 8466/LE00
Rated 91 points by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate