Spanish values

San Alejandro Calatalud Las Rocas Garnacha 2005

100% Grenache, 70-100 years old. The Las Rocas line is bottled for Eric Solomon, from a cooperative effort of growers in Calatalud. Elabroado y embotellado in Miedes 14.5% $8.49 at Bottle Barn

Legaris Ribera del Duero DO Crianza 2004 The first whiff was pretzels, really. That was followed by raisins, a sense of dried fruits and some stewed vegetables. The smell of sweet oak might deceive you into thinking that this will be a supple, vanilla coated beverage. There’s a whopping amount of tannic astringency in the mouth with tangy acidity and big lashings of oak. Frankly this is a bit disjointed with this much astringency in a wine that doesn’t have the stuffing to match it. This is 100% Tempranillo, aged in new and used French and American oak for 12 months. Estate bottled in Curiel del Duero 14% $14.49 at Bottle Barn Legaris

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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