Wine Craze - Wines with heart and sol
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In the world of wine, there is nothing more powerful than the sun. Many of the best wine regions in the world see over 2,400 hours of sunlight per year, a factor that can make or break many vintners. This month we highlight wines from some of the hotter regions of the world, specifically LatinView more
In the world of wine, there is nothing more powerful than the sun. Many of the best wine regions in the world see over 2,400 hours of sunlight per year, a factor that can make or break many vintners. This month we highlight wines from some of the hotter regions of the world, specifically Latin America and Spain. Many of these wines are a balance of finesse and explosive power resulting from some of the best winemakers, their unique terroir, and even fortuitous happenstance.
2010, Axial, Esperanza, Verdejo Viura
This classic, blend of Verdejo and Viura white wines from Spain’s northwest ignites the nose with a sweet and floral presence with notes of ripe apricot, peach, white blossom, and chalk. On the palate are hints of orange blossom, nectarine, green apple, and tart honeydew. Verdejo was a forgotten varietal for hundreds of years, until the 1980’s when it was reinvigorated by the famous producers Marques de Riscal and Marques de Grinon.
2010, Abanico, Las Colinas Del Ebro, Garnacha Blanca
This wine exhibits a perfume of mineral, spring flowers, white peach, and melon that jumps from the glass. On the palate it is exceptionally concentrated, with plenty of spicy fruit, good depth, and a fruity. Colinas del Ebro are a newer line of wines inspired by the rugged landscape and bloody history of northern Spain. Southern Catalonia leaves one with an indelible sense of those events. This wine is a reflection that from a dark night a brighter day will come.
2010, Veramonte, Primus, Cabernet Sauvignon
The Veramonte vineyard is part of a large umbrella of wine history throughout multiple regions. Vintner Agustin Huneeus takes pride in having the vineyard focus on a reflection of Chile with grape varietal characteristics. This wine has dark rich aromas of blackberry and cassis, with subtle toasty oak. These intense aromas lead into dark red berry flavors with dried plum and a long line of acidity with a fine tannic finish.
2010, RIGLOS, Finca Las Divas, Gran Cabernet Sauvignon
RIGLOS is a new venture of Paul Hobbs, named in honor of a long passed town of hardworking settlers. Here they treat their grapes like goddesses (Divas), and it shows in the wine: intensely fragrant, not missing a beat in hitting your nose with cassis licorice, herbs and black pepper. The palate is then encompassed with dense fruit, raspberry, chocolate, and mocha; completing with polished acidity, and oak aromatics on the exhale.
2010, Veramonte, Primus, The Blend
Primus is the small production brand of Veramonte and a reflection of the precise nature of Chilean winemaker Rodrigo Soto. With considerable experience in his country,"The Blend" is a meritage-style wine, blended of cabernet, syrah, carmenere, and merlot, and truly the apex of his craft. These grapes experienced a warm sunny season, producing rich black fruit aromas with exotic toasty spice that continue through the palate with a mouthwatering rush of tannins.
2010, RIGLOS, Finca Las Divas, Gran Cabernet Franc
The Estate of The Goddesses was founded in 2002 by Dario Werthein and Fabian Suffern. It is a vineyard that benefits from a dual soil profile and luxurious sun. The result of such care and intensity is a deep black wine with a nose of sweet balsamic, dried raspberry, herbal tobacco, and cinnamon. These aromas are matched with a gift of minerals on the palate and an elegant, satin like acidity with soft comforting tannins.
2008, Ferrer | Bobet, Vinyes Vielles, Carignane Garnacha Blend
Since 2005 Sergi Ferrer-Salat and Raül Bobet have been two friends with a great respect for regional tradition in Priorat. There, it is all about the minerals, the ever-desired licorella slate profile that only top vineyards of that region have. A wine to smell for days, it contains aromas of lavender, menthol, dark ripe fruit, wood oil, licorice and green cocoa. The palate vibrates with deeper red fruit, a long luscious acidity, and crescendo of stern tannins.
2009, Monte Vicor Estate, Garnacha
A new venture by the Langa Gonzalez brothers on the top of the Vicor Mountains, many describe the estate as an oasis in the desert. This territory is exclusively for the durable garnacha, producing deep rich ripe red fruit aromas and flavors reminiscent of the cherry trees that share the mountains, lined with elements of sandalwood, prosciutto, dried tobacco leaves and spice, following through with a long beautiful finish of soft tannin.
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