Wine Tasting: A Killer Lineup!

Wine Tasting: A Killer Lineup!

Posted on Aug, 03. 2010 by

Categories: Events

I just wanted to get this out so that you had ample time to clear your schedule for Wednesday evening — if just for 30 minutes or so— to taste this extraordinary lineup. Ellen from The County Vintner poured these for Kevin Sidders a couple weeks back and he was so impressed with the lineup as a whole, we’ve decided to bring it back for you.

Honestly, I’m very excited to try these after reading the descriptions below. The Muga’s always been a favorite of mine—there are very few wines for the price (~$20) that age as well and as long as this (if you’ll look at the notes, you’ll see that the upper end of the window is 2026!!!)…and the other ones sound so curiously unique and interesting. All have very sweet price points. Anyway, take a look at the notes, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll find a little time to drop by on Wednesday evening between 5:30 and 7:30!

2009 Ulacia Txakolina:
The 2009 Ulacia is a fine example of Txakoli. Upon removing the cork, an enticing nose of lemon-lime, sea-salt, and mineral jumps from the bottle under pressure from the captured carbon dioxide. Crisp, refreshing, and concentrated (the 2009 vintage seems to provide these wines an extra lift), it will pair beautifully with raw bar over the next 12-18 months.
Wine Advocate 89 points

2008 Vina Godeval Godello:
The 2008 Vina Godeval was fermented and aged in stainless steel. Light gold-colored with an earth/mineral and melon-scented bouquet; on the palate it is creamy-textured with excellent depth and balance. Drink this excellent value over the next 3 years.
Wine Advocate 90 points

2006 Muga Reserva:
“Muga’s red wines begin with the 2006 Muga Reserva, a blend of 70″Muga’s red wines begin with the 2006 Muga Reserva, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, with the balance Mazuelo and Graciano. It was aged for 6 months in wooden vats before spending 2 years in 60% new French and American oak. Purple-colored with an already complex bouquet of pain grille, mineral, violets, black cherry, and blackberry, on the palate it is smooth-textured, layered, and concentrated. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will offer optimal drinking from 2012 to 2026. It is an excellent value in serious Rioja.”% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, with the balance Mazuelo and Graciano. It was aged for 6 months in wooden vats before spending 2 years in 60% new French and American oak. Purple-colored with an already complex bouquet of pain grille, mineral, violets, black cherry, and blackberry, on the palate it is smooth-textured, layered, and concentrated. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will offer optimal drinking from 2012 to 2026. It is an excellent value in serious Rioja.”

2008 Triton:
This new blockbuster wine is from winemaker Amy Hopkinson and importer Jorge Ordonez. Made of 100% Tinta de Toro. The winery is located in the village of Villanueva de Campean near Zamora in the historic area known as de la Tierra del Vino, The Land of Wine. And also near the appellation of Toro. The estate is being farmed using organic and biodynamic practices, and the old vines for this wine range in age from 45-104 years. Soils are a nice mixture with a lot of sand and river rocks, and sun strata red clay typical for Toro. Triton has also been aged in French oak for 15 months. Beautiful violet aromas and a wonderful balance. Even though it is big wine there is a certain elegance with nice ripe plums, great spice, some chocolate notes, but also nice smoky and meaty notes on the palate. Not to mentions the wine is half the cost of what it should be.

2009 Tarima Monastrell:
This is the first vintage of this wine; the 2009 Tarima is 100% Monastrell sourced from 25-35 year old vines and raised in stainless steel with lees stirring. Medium crimson-colored, the nose reveals fragrant blueberries and underbrush. Firm on the palate with plenty of savory fruit, it is meant for drinking over the next 3 years.
Wine Advocate 87 points

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