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Spanish & Portugese Drinking Dozen - Summer 2022

Spanish & Portugese Drinking Dozen - Summer 2022 - Prince Wine Store

Spanish & Portugese Drinking Dozen – Summer 2022

The Spanish wine scene is now one of the most exciting to explore of all of Europe. The countryside is a multitude of undiscovered and re-discovered varieties as well as home to some of the most comforting and well-known wines of the world.

Weather drinking juicy and soft Tempranillo based wines from Rioja to incredible pinot-like wines of the north-west corner or from crazy old Garnaxa bush vines in Priorat there is so much to like.

In more recent years young and up-and-coming winemakers are re-vitalising ancient varieties and regions breathing new life and vigour into the industry.

They are the turning the old ideas of the past on their head and celebrating a rich and forgotten vinous history.

Include the likes of its closest neighbours Portugal and the rich tapestry of drinking form the region represents some of the most interesting drinking you are likely to see.

Every quarter we will be putting out a seasonal drinking pack which will be updated as we see great new wines, vintages rolls and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore Spain offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.

Don't forget to check back often to see the latest version of the Spanish Drinking Dozen

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  1. Spanish &  Portugese Drinking Dozen - Summer 2022
    Spanish & Portugese Drinking Dozen - Summer 2022

    The Spanish wine scene is now one of the most exciting to explore of all of Europe. The countryside is a multitude of undiscovered and re-discovered varieties as well as home to some of the most comforting and well-known wines of the world.

    Weather drinking juicy and soft Tempranillo based wines from Rioja to incredible pinot-like wines of the north-west corner or from crazy old Garnaxa bush vines in Priorat there is so much to like.

    In more recent years young and up-and-coming winemakers are re-vitalising ancient varieties and regions breathing new life and vigour into the industry.

    They are the turning the old ideas of the past on their head and celebrating a rich and forgotten vinous history.

    Include the likes of its closest neighbours Portugal and the rich tapestry of drinking form the region represents some of the most interesting drinking you are likely to see.

    Every quarter we will be putting out a seasonal drinking pack which will be updated as we see great new wines, vintages rolls and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore Spain offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.

    Don't forget to check back often to see the latest version of the Spanish Drinking Dozen

    $270.00 Regular Price $324.00
  1. Paco and Lola Ophalum Albarino 2019
    Paco and Lola Ophalum Albarino 2019
    Paco and Lola is an iconic 'co-operativo' in the Rías Baixas producing Albariño, the best seafood white in Spain. Based in the Salnés Valley sub-region of the Rías Baixas, the label represents over 400 small growers, each with an average vineyard holding of just over half a hectare.

    Paco and Lola's entry-level white, Ophalum Albariño, comes from parcels of grapes selected for their greater ripeness, resulting in a fruit-driven white: ripe mango and papaya characters on the nose, with a citrus tang on the palate.
    2019
    Albarino
    Spain
    469
  2. Sierra de Tolono Rioja Tempranillo 2018
    Sierra de Tolono Rioja Tempranillo 2018
    Sierra de Tolono is a member of an exciting but small cadre of new Rioja producers who are driving towards fresher, more terroir focused wines that place their emphasis on the vineyards rather than on the length of time any particular wine spends in a barrel. Run and owned by the indomitable Sandra Bravo, Sierra de Tolono produces incredibly elegant wines from old plots dotted around the cold, high altitude lands around the town of Rivas de Tereso, in Rioja Alavesa.

    This is her entry level wine and his deliberately made in a forward and fleshy style but still has so much character. Red and black fruits play with soft spice and earthy peppercorn lift. On the palate there's a gently dusty tannin framing that sit over a mineral core giving the fruit a cool and slinky feel.
    2019
    Grenache, tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  3. Valdespino La Guita Manzanilla 375ml
    Valdespino La Guita Manzanilla 375ml

    Although the official name of this winery created in 1852 in Sanlucar de Barrameda is Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin, it’s better known by the name of the only wine they make, Manzanilla La Guita. Moreover, the company has changed hands a number of times and since 2007 belongs to Grupo Estevez who also own Valdespino and Marques del Real Tesoro, but the names remain. La Guita, and its characteristic bottle with a piece of string attached (guita has two different meanings, it’s slang for cash, but it also means string, which in fact is the root for the word guitar) is a very strong brand locally and it’s been in existence since 1908.

    La Guita is a truly wine from Sanlucar: not only is the wine aged for an average of four years under flor in an impressive 15,000-barrel solera spread over two different cellars in Sanlucar, but the grapes are also from Sanlucar, mainly from the Miraflores vineyard.
    LUIS GUTIERREZ, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (August 2013)

    Unique aromas of dried apples, lemon blossom, almonds and cream. Hints of seaweed. Full-bodied, yet focused and tight with lively acidity and a beautifully composed finish of fruit and flavor. Always a winner here. Screw cap. JAMESSUCKLING.COM

    This round white has texture and grip, with rich and focused flavors of apple, almond, green olive and brine. Offers plenty of fruit, but remains grounded thanks to the briny character. Expressive and balanced. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. THOMAS MATHEWS, The Wine Spectator

    NV
    Sherry
    Spain
    410
  4. Casa da Passarella a Descoberta Dao Tinto 2017
    Casa da Passarella a Descoberta Dao Tinto 2017
    Made in stone lagars and aged in cement tanks along with some large old wooden vats, it's a very typical DÂ o blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (elsewhere, Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro and Jaen (aka Mencia). 13.5% a/v, ta 5.96 ph 3.60. A Descoberta means 'to be discovered' and the somewhat mystical label, a box tagged 1942 is a folkloric reference to an early version of a time capsule a box hidden in the stone walls of the house of Passarella containing a will to be opened 50 years hence and directing the riches of the box be re-distributed to the poor. The box was empty. Enrichment comes from the intangible not the material, it seems.

    A lovely wine supple, fleshy and spicy, with extra delicate tannin and oak. From lead-off, the cherry-chocolate fruit really shows the Dao granite, and is laden with wiry dark herbs. In the mouth, it's fleshy-meaty and mineral fresh - round with good movement and fruit-earth interplay. It has excellent presence in the mouth but is not reliant on weight for the show. Wonderfully composed, it sits and radiates, effortless in affect. Gorgeous delicate tannin is the frame, rimming the mouth and allowing the fruit and spicy acid to radiate delicately. A wonderful advertisement for varietal blends.
    2017
    Blend
    Portugal
    384
  5. Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2019
    Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2019

    Isaac Fernandez works in a number of regions and with several varieties, but his standout wines come from the old Garnacha bush-vines grown in the highest, rockiest, iron-laden soils of DO Campo de Borja. Isaac is nephew of Mariano Garcia, famous as head winemaker at Vega Sicilia in the late 20th century. Mariano is patron of the Mauro wine group which he founded after leaving Vega. Isaac commenced his career with Mariano, working 20 years at Mauro before stretching his wings as a consultant from 2005 (in conjunction with a US importer, Aurelio Cabestrero). Multiple partnerships and consultancies have come (and gone).

    2019
    Grenache
    Spain
    364
  6. Merinas Airen Viura 2020
    Merinas Airen Viura 2020
    A blend of Airén, Viura and Verdejo grapes from organic dry-farmed vineyards. This is under the Mesta umbrella of which we have featured numerous wines over the years. They represent incredible value given the quality material that goes into their wines. Here, the vines are over 30 years average age and managed as an integrated ecosystem where no pesticides are used, organic manure is the only fertiliser applied and weed control is done by light, superficial tilling.

    There is a lovely soft mix of peach, apple and summer tree fruits sprinkled with a gentle white pepper element. Round, juicy and refreshing with punchy flavours that burst onto the palate. Unoaked and unadulterated and all the better for it. It finishes crisp and clean.
    2020
    Macabeo
    Spain
    447
  7. Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2018
    Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2018
    The entry-level red 2018 Gaba do Xil Tinto is mostly Mencía with some other grapes from the mixed plantings in old vineyards. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, where it matured for 12 months before bottling. This was a cooler vintage and went back to harvests from yesteryear. It was not an easy year, but the most successful wines are going to have good freshness. Here, I see more complexity than in the previous vintage; this is less varietal and goes more in the direction of the single-vineyard reds. There is ripeness but without excess, with herbal and spicy aromas and a notable finish. LUIS GUTIERREZ, RobertParker.com

    2016
    mencia
    Spain
    497
  8. Avaniel Tinto Ribera del Duero 2019
    Avaniel Tinto Ribera del Duero 2019

    Bodegas Monteabellón is located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero with 52 hectares of vineyards (mainly Tempranillo) around the township of Nava de Roa. Isaac Fernandez, nephew of the legendary Vega Sicilia ex- winemaker, Marino Garcia, is the inspiration behind this relatively new venture.

    The production at the winery is a thoroughly modern affair that draws on nearly 140 hectares of vineyards. The plots are spread over the Ribera, Rioja and Rueda with the mainstay wines those from their excellent Ribera holdings.

    Avaniel is made from grapes from one or the freshest young plots called "Los Miles". It is also one of the youngest vineyard with vines within 6 and 10 years. Violet and damson with wild forest fruits and plum pudding, spice cake character. There are intriguing mountain herbs and salt bush flavours supporting plump cool blue fruits and black raspberry cool-aid. The tannins are fine grained and feel off in the distance providing gentle structure to the easy drinking fruit. PWS

    2019
    tempranillo
    Spain
    470
  9. Vallformosa MVSA Brut NV
    Vallformosa MVSA Brut NV

    The 'MVSA' is made from the tradition Cava varieties Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada at the respective ratio's of 35:30:35%, the wine has seen 24 months of lees ageing and bears 9.5 g/l of residual sugar, but has the acidity to clean up the tail; it is a stylish and satisfying wine of great value. It is pale in colour with plenty of bubbles showing aromas of apples and pears, toasty bread and white flowers balancing the right amount of bubbles and acid. There is pure apple on the palate with minerals and lemon sherbet on the finish; it is a very cooling and refreshing summer drink. PWS

    NV
    Sparkling Wine
    Spain
  10. Honorio Rubio Tremendus Clarete 2019
    Honorio Rubio Tremendus Clarete 2019

    50/50 Viura i Garnacha, co-fermented and aged on lees in stainless after a simple cool fermentation. The Viura and Garnacha are picked, destemmed and macerated together for 2-3 days. Fermentation starts with the skins, but after a day or two the fermenting must is separated by gravity, un-pressed. The young Clarete spends up to a week on gross lees, and is then decanted and aged 6-9 months on fine lees. The lees are compacted by a small amount of bentonite. No further fining or filtration takes place before bottling.

    The look is a lustrous, vibrant see-through ('Clar' or clear being the defining thing!) raspberry pink. It's a nose of rose, red flower petals, ruby grapefruit and a builder's lime whack of chalky soil aroma. A hit of anis-scented Saké. Fresh and crunchy with good acidity, it's chalky on entry, opens easily and closes with a delicately phenolic rim, inflected with wild strawberry and a pink grapefruit-pomelo dollop. Herbs and flowerssomewhere between thyme flowers and gardenia stem - run a line throughout.

    2019
    Blend
    Portugal

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Spanish & Portugese Drinking Dozen – Summer 2022 REG. PRICE SPECIAL ORDER TOTAL
Paco and Lola Ophalum Albarino 2019 $27.00 $27.00
Sierra de Tolono Rioja Tempranillo 2018 $33.00 $33.00
Valdespino La Guita Manzanilla 375ml $12.00 $12.00
Telmo Rodriguez LZ Tempranillo 2019 $36.00 $36.00
Casa da Passarella a Descoberta Dao Tinto 2017 $30.00 $30.00
Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2019 $27.00 $27.00
Matsu El Picaro Tinta de Toro 2020 $27.00 $27.00
Merinas Airen Viura 2020 $13.00 $13.00
Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2018 $40.00 $40.00
Avaniel Tinto Ribera del Duero 2019 $24.00 $24.00
Vallformosa MVSA Brut NV $25.00 $25.00
Honorio Rubio Tremendus Clarete 2019 $30.00 $30.00
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