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Great Bargains from Spain

Peter writes, All in all it was nice to be able to present this level of quality at this price.
March 13, 2019


Peter writes,

The 2017 Gestoso Just B Albarino is produced in the Salnes Valley zone which has granitic soils and sea breezes off the Atlantic. The wine exhibited minerality and a touch of salinity and everyone agreed that this is a great seafood wine. The flavors were rich and there was some complexity.

We began the reds with the 2015 El Coto Rioja Crianza. This is a traditional and artisan producer also dedicated to value. This is a great everyday drinking red wine with medium body a good versatility with food. Quite a few tasters were familiar with this one. The 2015 Mariluna Valencia is a blend of Tempranillo and Bobal. This showed medium body with rich flavors. Because of the dark fruit from the Bobal grapes, this was a bit unfamiliar to tasters. It was very well liked after the second taste. The 2015 Ferre I Catasus Penedes Cap De Trons is a pretty substantial dry red. This is a blend of French varieties-Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In addition to the plum and cassis fruit, tasters certainly found some bramble and black pepper in the finish.

Then over to Ribera del Duero. The 2013 Bodegas Ismael Arroyo Ribera del Duero Mesoneros de Castilla is 100% Tempranillo (Tinto del Pais) with vineyards on the highest plateau in the zone This wine is rich, complex and serious and for many was the favorite. We go back to Rioja Alta for the 2014 Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva. This is one of the oldest and most venerable producers in Rioja. It’s a little above tonight’s general price but Seth says it’s a great value anyway. The wine showed elegance and sophistication and quite a bit of this went out the door.

All in all it was nice to be able to present this level of quality at this price.



2017 Gestoso Just B Albarino: Cool Atlantic character, good acidity with balsam, fruit and mineral notes. Aged on fine lees for three months. Will have good evolution for 3 to 4 years. Balanced finish. Very Good Plus Plus 17.99/bottle 


2015 El Coto Rioja Crianza: Ruby. Cherries, touch of raspberry and notes of herbs. Medium bodied and balanced. Very Good Plus 14.99/bottle 

2015 Mariluna Valencia: Bright ruby. Good depth of fruit with a spice note. Some complexity in the finish. Very Good Plus Plus 10.99/bottle 

2017 Ferre I Catasus Penedes Cap de Trons: Brambly dark fruit with hints of coffee and pepper. Rich flavors and long finish. Very Good Plus Plus 15.99/bottle 

2013 Bodegas Ismael Arroyo Ribera del Duero: Deep ruby. Complex spicy aromatics and rich complex flavors.Cherry, raspberry, herbs and jasmine. Long complex finish. Very Good to Excellent17.99/bottle 

2014 Marques de Murrita Rioja Reserva: Deep earthy notes, balanced well with tart cherry and oaky tannin. long finish. Will drink best in 5-10 years. Very Good Plus-Excellent 24.99/bottle 


Spanish Value Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $174

In-store only Spanish Value Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $91


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           - Peter Hemenway