Three Spanish wines to kill the february blues

 

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Oh boy, as I am writing these lines the biggest snow is heading towards Quebec. If the weather people got right the predictions, we are expecting between 30 to 40 cm of snow in Montreal and surrounding areas.

It might be a good idea to get a few bottles of vino and some yummy good food. If you live in this part of the world, most likely Wednesday will look something alike the movie the day after tomorrow.

 

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If you don’t know what Spanish wines to buy, here are some three red wine  recommendations tasted recently. These wines are widely available through diverse SAQ outlets.

El Pedal de Hermanos 2016. SAQ # 13565406, $17.15

A modest Rioja with inviting aromas of ripe black fruit and confit violets. On the palate, fleshy with chunky tannins and a meaty finale. Quite versatile with beef braised dishes.

Monasterio de Las Vinas Old Vine Garnacha Carinena 2015. SAQ # 13838646, $14.50

There is nothing like a good glass of Garnacha to chase the evil cold away!!!. Beautiful spicy nose with nuances of fieldberries and licorice. Rustic yet comforting with an excellent price/ratio. Enjoy it with braised ribs

Espelt Empordá Saulo 2017. SAQ # 10856241, $16.75

From sunny Catalunya comes this predominant Grenache blend with a hint of Carignan. Lovely nose redolent of prune and blueberry jam with hints of brandied cherries and pencil shavings. On the palate nicely concentrated with a long finale. Perfect with meat dishes stewed in tomato sauce.

If you don’t know what to eat with these wines, maybe some of my latest creations will inspire you. Winter is not over yet, so there is plenty of time to enjoy sunny red wines from Spain.

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A tu salud!!!

 

Two Hearty red wines to complement your meat fix

Yesterday, I was BBQ a tough piece of pork loin in the BBQ. I did a marinade of tamari, brown sugar and sambal olek with a touch of bourbon and sesame oil. It was stunning and it was a perfect match for two previous reds that I tasted in the morning. One from Ribera del Duero and Toro.

Yaso 2012. DOP Toro. SAQ # 12298975. $21.25

Charming red fruits and spice. Full body, nice freshness with ultra fine tannins. Not too much oak with pleasant notes of flowers such as roses and violets. Long and very elegant.

Senorio de los Baldios Crianza 2009. DOP Ribera del Duero SAQ # 12417807. $22.10

Very spicy nose. Quite aromatic bringing to mind cloves, anise, stewed prunes. On the mouth, structured and potent. Cocoa, cofee with lots of lush new wood. Grainy tannins. A beast of a wine. Excellent candidate for a cellar.

And I pair these with the below picture. The Yaso worked better complementing and bringing a certain freshness to the asiatic notes of the pork. The Ribera del Duero was good too, specially with the charred parts of the meat but it had a bit too much power for the meat. It would have been better with beef.

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Spanish winter reds to survive January

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The start of winter was clement in Quebec in the last week of December. I was warm enough just wearing a sweater and a shirt. However, when the thermometer drop to -25c as this week in some parts of qc, it is time to take out the heavy jacket.

Here are my reccomendations on what to drink for what could be the coldest month of winter. All this wines should be drank with copious amount of meat and bean stews to reconfort yourselves.

I tasted some of these wines at the latest Grande degustation in November 2015.The vintages that i tasted might not be in the SAQ shelves. Also some of the wines are available in the private market only.So if you are reading this blog in Quebec, grab what you can find. For my international audience, use wine searcher

Vina Herminia Excelsus 2012. Rioja. SAQ Code:  12278296. Price: $23.95

Lovely leafy blackcurrant fruit with violets undertones. On the mouth, the wine is full body and quite modern. Flavors bring to mind sultry vivid black fruit aromas. Luscious with ripe tannins.

Vina Herminia Reserva 2010. Rioja. SAQ Code:  12604119. Price: $24.95

Traditional Spanish nose. Dry spices, black jam fruit, seasoned american wood. Full body with a modern profile. Sweet ripe fruit with silky tannins. Beautiful balance with a nice concentration.

Mas Igneus FA112 2011. Priorat. SAQ Code: 11691986 . Price: $41.75

Black mass of ripe black fruits, pebbles with shades of game and animal nuances finishing in dry spice notes such as paprika, cardammon, black pepper and anis. In the mouth, the wine is full body, concentrated with a beautiful layered texture. Very balanced with a long stunning finale.

Gratavinum 2010 Priorat. ( Trialto, Private Import )

On the nose, massive notes of black fruits, cedar, licorice with lots of candied violets. Very concentrated but nicely balanced with the a i

Tinto Figurero 15 Reserva 2012. Ribera del Duero. ( Private Import, Vintrinsec )

Deep roasted black fruit nose with a strong mineral poise. Full body with an exquisite balance and elegance for all that power.

Milagros de Figuero 2012. Ribera del Duero. ( Private Import, Vintrinsec).

Complex nose bringing to mind smoke, animal with notes of dry black fruits. Full body, with retronasal flavors more on the flower side than in the black fruit spectrum. Sultry and ripe tannins with a long finale.