The Cellar: Great Buys from Spain + Portugal
Saturday, May 12, 2012
On a side note, if you enjoy Whisky I would urge you to sign up for an event that is taking place on Thursday May 17th, 2012, when Chris Riesbeck from famed Independent Whisky Bottler Gordon and MacPhail will be visiting the Providence Wine Academy for an ‘Evening with Whisky’. Join us as we sample a stunning array of Single Malts from Benromach, Highland Park, Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes and enjoy a fine spread of meats, cheeses and fresh bread supplied by our friends at Flan Y Ajo.
Viura is an aromatic grape varietal with mild fruit flavors. It often displays great acidity, especially when unoaked. While ‘Lágrimas de Maria’ translates into ‘Maria’s tears’, their 2010 Viura leaves me with very little to cry about. This $10 gem is absolutely worth every penny and a great example of what a Vuira brings to the table (should you never have tasted one). It is light and refreshing displaying citrus fruits and minerality, alongside a nice dose of acidity. This is a great food wine – think lightly prepared fish.
I would recommend the $15 Defesa Red to anyone who likes big red wines and is interested in trying something new. The rich flavors of ripe warm-climate Syrah and oak stand out, making it a wine that I think speaks to a lot of American palates. There is a nice density as well as concentration of dark fruit in this wine, which makes it able to stand up to most meats off the grill. Also, look for the other wines in the Defesa series including the white made from Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro or their Rosé in which they blend Syrah with Aragonês. Interesting stuff and great values.
Steffen Rasch CSW is ready to answer any wine-related questions, comments or concerns you may have. Feel free to email him at [email protected]. Sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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