Category Archives: Penedès

NV Maques de Gelida Rose Cava

gelida_roseI love bubbles, especially from Pinot Noir, and the market has caused prices of similar quality Rose from Champagne to go through the roof. Pretty salmon to pink in color with a nice small bead to the bubble. On the nose, strawberry, cherry, hay, bread, an amazing array of flowers, spice, mineral, slight earth, and not oaky. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, great body, medium+ acidity, creamy mouth feel, with green apple, strawberry, mineral, flowers, spice, and a 15 second finish. Seek this out.    

2005 Miguel Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon

torres_grand_coronas I fell in love with Cabernet from Spain and Italy a few years back after having many examples show a lot more intriguing earthy tones than the mind numbing California Cabernet’s I have had as of late. Rarely do you see anything but dense fruit and oak, and skies the limit on cost. Where as in the Europe the whole focus of grape growing is on allowing the grape to express terrior, and show off a little bit of dirtiness. I loved the 03, nice ripe fruit but still austere, no 04 came to this market or none was made which could be the case, because I bought some 03 a few months ago and when I replaced the order vintage changed to the 05. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Tempranillo. On the nose, youthful, meaty, earthy, medium+ intensity, cherry, plum, and leather. Think about a long horse ride, seven hundred miles, and you’ve been carrying a mix of cherries, currants, and blackberries in your satchel, and what that might smell like.  Combined with some modern oak treatment, contributing spices, cigar box, pine cone, coffee aromas, and few other layers of complexity I might have to revisit at some point in the future to fully articulate. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, blackberry, black olive, black raspberry, leather, tobacco, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, medium alcohol, great body, great balance, with a moderate finish. This wine represents a great opportunity to open two bottles of moderate cost and compare them. I dare you to buy your favorite $20 Napa Cabernet and drink the Gran Coronas with it. Would also love to hear about it. So leave a comment.