Uncle Pepe’s unfiltered, unclarified version of his Fino, bottled in spring at the time of maximum yeast (“flor”) activity, intending a fresh and delicate experience. Clear deep gold. Aromas of yeast and dried pear and the umami of salty salami. Light-bodied, tasting of ripe apple and a certain grapey-ness that could deceive you into tasting sweetness, nicely balanced with a bit of almond bitterness. The “En Rama” version, in my opinion, is different, but not necessarily better.
Clear deep gold. Aromas of yeast, smoked ham and bruised apples, also caramelized sugar, but the nose remains dignified and austere. Light-bodied with tangy acidity over umami and apple flavours, leading to a long, slightly bitter finish. Perfect with ham of all sorts. Sherry is so sadly neglected. Drink immediately, and finish the bottle rather than trying to store the remains.
A versatile red wine for meat dishes. This Tempranillo and Mazuela blend is deep ruby in colour with a spicy nose of sandalwood, strawberry and cherry compote and evident oak notes. It’s medium-bodied, dry, with cherry and red plum flavours, balancing acidity and a note of cloves on the finish. It’s got admirable length on the finish.
The 2016 vintage of this wine is not only the best value Rioja on the LCBO shelves but possibly the best value of all their reds. Deep purple in colour, it has an attractive nose of sandalwood, strawberry and ripe plum with a slightly earthy note; it’s medium-bodied and dry with red berry and red plum flavours and well-integrated oak. A harmonious wine with lively acidity and ripe tannins.
Deep amber in colour; nutty, chamomile nose; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, slightly herbal, green nut flavour; rich and full on the palate with great length.
The Bierzo region of Northwestern Spain remains a well-kept secret. Godello, the star white grape produces consistently stylish wines. The 2016 is no exception, showing fine floral and lemon citrus on the nose, with lively citrus and green fruit flavours delivered in a crisply refreshing, yet smoothly rounded package. Exemplary simple elegance at a very reasonable price.