Dionisos ‘La Bodega de las Estrellas’ Tempranillo 2015

Estate: Following over a decade of working with organic vines, 4th generation winemaker Dionisio de Nova García returned to his family vineyards in Castilla. He is a pioneering force in biodynamic and organic farming. His cosmic calendar and planetarium in the winery have earned the winery’s nickname “The Winery of the Stars”. For a deeper look into his star based farming, click here. The original cellar dating to the 19th century contains his renowned clay amphora, used for fermenting and ageing. Click here for details on the benefits and effects of clay in his winemaking.

Winemaking: Hand harvested grapes are fermented with wild yeasts, malolactic fermentation in clay amphorae with bâtonnage of its lees. Very low sulfites, unfiltered. Aged in old clay amphora.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of summer fresh berries. Loaded with fresh, sweet cherry, blackberry and raspberry, accented by pepper spice and earth hints. Good acidity keeps it refreshing, finishing clean and fruity. Fantastic on its own and super versatile at the table.

100% Tempranillo
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Spain
Estate Bottled by Dionisos Biológica S.L.
13.5% Alcohol
$46 [3L box equivalent to 4 750ML bottles]
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Flaco Tempranillo 2015

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Winery: Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata founded Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico in 2002 with the goal of preserving and uniting the extensive winemaking heritage of their two families. Currently they produce wine from 18 different appellations within Spain.

Philosophy: To “handcraft “elaborar” wines that express the identity of the place where they come from”.

Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards with clay soil. Aged in stainless steel and cement, preserving fruit purity.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, white pepper along with a floral trace. Cherry, plum, red currant, a hint of liqurice, and earth culminate in a super spicy, dry finish. Simple and pleasant, versatile at the table, consistently a fantastic value.

100% Tempranillo
Vinos de Madrid
Spain
Bottled by Bottled by N.R.E. 28/40.527 for Cia de Vinos del Atlantico
13.5% Alcohol
$8
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Mundo de Yunter Tempranillo y Syrah 2012

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A fantastic, organically farmed, $8 value Tempranillo blend from Spain that is straightforward, pleasant and great with a wide variety of dishes.

Winery: Bodegas Yuntero represents the organically farmed wines of The Jesús del Perdón Cooperative. Established in 1954 by a group of 102 wine growers wishing to develop and market their wines independently, today the coop boasts 700 members located in the heart of Spain.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in color with aromas of blackberry and crushed black peppercorn. Red currant and blackberry flavors were backed by a cleansing acidity, woodsy elements and traces of black peppercorn harmonized in the plush finish.

85% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah
La Mancha
Spain
Produced and Bottled by Coop Jesus del Perdon
13% Alcohol
$8
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Rated 90 points by The Wine Advocate

Finca Valdeguinea Finca Rioja 2012

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In addition to the tantalizing $7 price tag, the label bears a striking resemblance to both my countertops and business card. Easy drinking, fruit forward along with plush earth and spice notes, a fantastic companion to summer dishes and a phenomenal value.

Estate: Finca Valdeguinea is located in the Rioja Alta sub-region of Rioja, north central Spain and consists of 25 hectares of vineyards. Third generation winemaker Luis Juan Sáenz Comunión heads the family estate.

Philosophy: It is the family’s philosophy that “the whole family, like our friends, put our hearts and every senses” into their wines.

Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from vineyards 20-30 years old with clay-calcareous soils. This is a limited production wine with only 15,000 bottles produced. [My bottle is No. 06126]

Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of wild berries and earth. Tart red currant, cherry and brambly berries ran atop an earthy undercurrent, whilst silky tannins, crushed white peppercorn and herbaceous hints lingered charmingly between each sip.

100% Tempranillo
Rioja Alta
Spain
Bottled for Vitis Vinicor, S.L. by Vinearum
14% Alcohol
$7
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Also checkout JVB Uncorked’s review:

http://jvbuncorked.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/spice-is-nice-wow-at-this-price-your-bbq-rioja-is-here/

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Flaco Tempranillo 2012

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An unoaked, bright, value Tempranillo from organically farmed vineyards outside Madrid.

Winery: Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata founded Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico in 2002 with the goal of preserving and uniting the extensive winemaking heritage of their two families. Currently they produce wine from 18 different appellations within Spain.

Philosophy: To “handcraft “elaborar” wines that express the identity of the place where they come from”.

Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards, then aged in stainless steel and cement, preserving fruit purity.

Tasting Notes: Bright garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, white peppercorn and summer flowers. Cherry, hints of strawberry and dried leaves comprised the peppy, light to medium body, whilst dry tannins and smoky herbaceous traces spanned the moderate finish.

100% Tempranillo
Vinos de Madrid
Spain
Bottled by N.R.E. 28/40.527 for Cia de Vinos del Atlantico
13.5% Alcohol
$8
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