We made it home last night on the midnight boat after a really long day of traveling, finishing with a record-breaking (for us) under-two-hour drive from Seatac to the ferry dock. And that after about 24 hours of flying, waiting, flying, waiting beginning in Rioja at 5am (when it was still 5 in the evening Tuesday here on LI.) We’re still a little groggy, so this will be short.
In honor of our recent trip, our tasting Saturday will feature four Spanish wines, each from a different region. We actually visited one of the wineries (Borsao) last Tuesday, and have a few pictures of the vineyard where the grapes for the wine (Tres Picos) were grown. After a tour of the winery and a tasting of all the wines, we were treated to a lovely dinner, of course with a nice wine accompaniment.
The winery, Borsao, is actually a cooperative, like many we encountered elsewhere in Spain. The business model here is that there is a corporate “front office” that manages all aspects of vineyard management, harvest, winemaking, and marketing. Each member-grower is required to follow specific rules and guidelines, and in exchange they are guaranteed purchase of their fruit. Borsao has hundreds of small vineyards as their member growers.
This week’s wines:
Martina Prieto Verdejo ’10 Spain $14
Verdejo thrives in the hot days and cold nights of the mesa and, when harvested with extreme precision, yields one of the very best fresh white wines of the world; this one delights the palate with flavors of nettles, ripe pineapple, dried mint, and pencil dust on a crisp, fresh frame. From vines planted in clay, shells, and limestone in Rueda.
Emilio Moro Resalso ’07 Spain $13
Nice density to the berry, floral and vanilla notes in this lively red. Medium-bodied, with light tannins and enough acidity to balance the sweet oak. From younger vines in soils of clay with gravel and chalk at about 2000 ft. elevation in Ribera del Duero.
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha ’09 Spain $14
Heady black cherry and blackberry aromas, Asian spices, incense, and mineral notes lead to a dense, layered, rich old-vine Garnacha that over-delivers in a big way. From a mature vineyard on the rugged, rocky slope of Moncayo Mountain in Campo de Borja that consistently delivers exceptional wines.
Finca Sandoval 05 Spain $27
76% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and 11% Bobal co-fermented on the lees with native yeasts, a year in French and American oak. Purple-colored, with alluring nose of toasty oak, mineral, floral notes, blueberry, and blackberry, leading to a full-bodied, ripe, layered wine with superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. From Manchuela where soils have a dominant clay-limestone component and the climate is very harsh continental.