Bold reds

Wine review: Parada de Atauta 2009

December 2, 2012
Parada de Atauta: Tempranillo wine from Ribera del Duero Spain

Parada de Atauta is the new entry-level wine from Dominio de Atauta in Ribera de Duero. This Spanish Tempranillo wine is fresh, attractive, with sweet fruit; it’s an approachable wine but also has some good intensity and depth. It really is great value from this fairly expensive Spanish wine region, only 18 euros in Spain. Here in the US I’ve seen it online for 30 dollars, which is a pretty good import price. Parada del Duero is my new favorite value Ribera del Duero…for more detail read on…

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Tasty and Beautiful Toro Wine

October 12, 2012
Matsu: Tempranillo wine from the Toro region of Spain

The striking label on Matsu “el Recio” draws you in, the man’s face fascinates in its stark realism. The taste of the wine brings you back again and again. This wine is from biodynamic producer Matsu in the Toro region of Spain. This is the middle wine of the range, a sort of crianza, with 14 months in oak, and my favorite. It offers the intense black fruit and structure typical of Toro with just enough oak. There is a great balance that makes it quite easy to drink. It’s a fantastic value at about 12 euros!

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Wine rating: Finca Terrerazo 2005

May 6, 2009

This is a top notch red from the southeastern Utiel region of Spain.  I recently rated this winery’s bargain wine Mestizaje and more recently tasted the Finca Terrerazo wine, which is their intermediate wine at about 25€.  The winery also has a top cru called Quincha Corral.    As I mentioned in the previous article, these […]

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Wine rating: Acústic 2007

April 29, 2009

Another great red wine from the Montsant area of Spain.  In recent articles, I’ve rated Finca L’Argatá and Brunus.  Montsant is the great value area that surrounds the cult wine area of Priorat.  Many of the vineyard sites in Montsant offer similar great terroir as those in Priorat but at a fraction of the price.  […]

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Wine rating: Caliza 2005

April 25, 2009

Caliza is the value wine in the Marques de Griñon Dominio de Valdepusa line.  Dominio de Valdepusa is the estate wine appellation or vino de pago located in Toledo province to the southwest of Madrid.  The estate specializes in very ripe, big wines from mostly French varieties, though they are starting to work with Graciano, […]

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Wine rating: Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2006

April 20, 2009

In a recent article I compared two great Garnachas from France and Spain:  Atteca and a Cairanne Côte du Rhône.  I’ve since wrote about many great Garnacha’s from around Spain.  Today’s wine is an old vine Garnacha, from Calatayud, the same region in north-eastern Spain that the Atteca comes from.  This region, though still rustic, […]

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Wine rating: Finca L’Argatá 2004

April 8, 2009

I recently rated the Brunus 2006 from Montsant…it wasn’t my favorite, but it seems to be garnering high points from all the critics.  As I mentioned in that post, Montsant is a great value alternative to Priorat but can be very hit or miss.  One of the good ones is Finca L’Argatá…it’s been a favorite […]

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Wine rating: Leione 2005

March 19, 2009

Leione is an interesting wine made from the grape variety Prieto Picudo.  Prieto Picudo is a local variety found in the Leon province of Spain, the same region that is home to the more high profile Mencía grape.  Mencía has become quite trendy and just stepping out its shadow is this very good quality grape.  […]

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Wine rating: Mauro 2005

March 10, 2009

Another slightly high end wine….but the Mauro 2005 is totally worth its 22€ price tag.  Mauro was one of the pioneers in making top quality wine outside the traditional wine appellation areas.  Its category is Vino de la Tierra, in theory a table wine category, but also producing some of the best and best value […]

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Wine rating: Roda Reserva 2004

March 5, 2009

Roda Reserva 2004 from Rioja is the wine I have consumed most over the past year.  I love to change the wines I put in my tastings constantly….otherwise I get bored!  The Roda, however, has been the exception…it is the consistently the favorite wine in my line-ups of eight wines from all over Spain.  The […]

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