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13 November, 2019

Bodegas LAN Winery: Rioja in Three Letters … and Seven Wines!

Bodegas LAN Winery: Rioja in Three Letters … and Seven Wines!
Posted in : Alvarinho / Albarino, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Red Wine, Tempranillo, Wine on by : becca
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My introduction to the Bodegas LAN winery came over churros and chuleton. I was invited to meet the winery’s CEO, Enrique Abiega, and USA export director, Trinidad Villegas, at Bellota, a Spanish restaurant that’s part of San Francisco’s Absinthe Group. Obligatory disclaimer: This was a new media lunch, so the food and drink I’m about
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16 December, 2010

Zestos Red 2009

Posted in : Garnacha / Grenache, Red Wine, Tempranillo on by : becca
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Zestos Red 2009 Madrid, Spain This 50%  tempranillo and 50% grenache blend is an attractive garnet. The nose is MIA. It tastes tart, like a raspberry jolly rancher but richer in flavor. Some molasses deepens the flavor and thickens its texture to medium-bodied. It’s quite good on reflection.

1 December, 2010

Zestos Blancos 2009

Zestos Blancos 2009
Posted in : Malvar, White Wine on by : becca
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Zestos Blancos 2009 Madrid, Spain There is some limestone at first, followed with green apple notes galore. It’s dry but also pretty sweet. It’s a lot like a tart cider, really. I’d call it an okay, solid white that doesn’t have any character beyond quenching thirst. 100% Malvar, if you’re keeping track of the grape.
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15 September, 2010

Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2006 Cosecha

Posted in : Garnacha / Grenache, Red Wine, Tempranillo on by : becca
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Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2006 Cosecha Rioja, Spain Everything I like about Spanish wine is in this glass—spicy, leathery, fruit that is ripe to bursting, cayenne, maybe even a mild curry. The first notes, though, were of chocolate and raspberry.  The chocolate’s mostly from the nose, but it helps mellow the wine, almost giving it
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10 September, 2009

Wine Review–Cristalino Cava

Posted in : Cava, Sparkling Wine on by : becca
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Wine:  Cristalino Cava Region:  Spain This is my first sparkling wine review, can you believe that? It’s also, well, strange. The cava is especially yellow in color and smells of celery and chicken broth, which comes across as comforting rather than off-putting.  There’s no berry to speak of when drinking it but it coats my
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26 April, 2007

Arena Loca Red Ringmaster 2004

Arena Loca Red Ringmaster 2004
Posted in : Red Wine, Tempranillo on by : becca
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Arena Loca Red Ringmaster 2004 Spain Color: Thick, deeply dark, almost brown. Smell: Very subtle fruit & tobacco. Sip: Light flavor, tobacco, leafy. No acidity. A little chocolate aftertaste. Gulp: Very mellow, yet dense. Cherry fruit comes out first, with the chocolate finish. If there was only some spice, I could drink this all night
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