As the weather, has finally broken for us, it is time for us to drink some big gnarly wines!
These are wines that are big, bold and spicy to keep you warm throughout the cool evenings to come.
2015 La Remise de La Mordorée
From their estate in Tavel, the Delorme family ahs been making estate wines since 1986. Though the AOC for Tavel roses do not allow for a blend of Marselen and Merlot, they feeel that it best expresses their terrior. This wine has great spice and fruit from the Merlot and a wonderfully savory and salty componet from the Marselen. Definitely a rose for the cooler months.
2014 Perez Brezob Mencia Bierzo
Continuing on in our gnarly wine tasting we head to the Bierzo region of Spain where they train their Mencia grapes in a vebry gnarly bush fashion. Located at the high elevation of 750 meters on the northern side of Bierzo, the mountainside vineyards of Espanillo possess an incredible array of soil types, from slate, sand, stones, to clay-iron. His Bierzo is fresh, ripe, spicy and meaty all at the same time.
2011 Keermont Syrah
A tight unit of nine people run Keermont Vineyards. All work, from tending the vines to packaging the bottles for final release, is carried out by this small team to ensure that the same attention to detail is followed throughout the wines’ production. Their Syrah is a blend from 3 different vineyard sites located throughout the property. They vinify these parcels separately to retain each soil type’s characteristics and then blend them together to capture a full picture of what their land has to offer. Herbs, lavender and blueberries fill the nose and the wine gives way to dusty tannins and a fresh acidity.
2011 Kir-Yianni Xinomavoro
Balancing between the hundred-year long family tradition and the use of new, innovative techniques in winemaking, Kir-Yianni’s aim is to produce wines that appeal to the taste of the modern consumer reflecting the potential of the Greek vineyard and of its indigenous varieties, such as the noble red Xinomavro. The resulting wine leads with strawberries, vanilla and other sweet spices. In your mouth it is very rich and full bodied.
2013 Pascuas El Pedrosal Tempranillo
This wine cellar, a pioneer in Ribera del Duero, began in 1980 when three brothers, convinced of the excellent potential that lay in the vineyards owned by their father, Mauro, decided to initiate an ambitious project: to make one of the best wines in Spain and to carve a niche for it in the internationally. Their Tempranillo is definitely on big end with tons of dill and herbs all over the palate.