Friday, January 12, 2007

Classical Wines Portfolio (1-11-07)

Last night I tasted through this line-up from Classical Wines, importer of great estate bottled from Spain and Germany. Visit their web-site at for the complete listing and reviews of these fabulous wines. We had this event at a local Spanish Restaurant, and were served a selection of Tapas.

Here is what I tasted:

C.H. Berres Impulse Sapphire Riesling, 2004

  • This estate is located in Urzig along the Mosel.
  • Owned by the same family sine 1515.
  • Brilliant, pale gold in color.
  • Soft aromas of peach and nectarine with a good spice component - orange blossoms.
  • Juicy on the palate with smooth, dry fresh flavors.
  • Flows across your palate and through to the finish; some chalkiness.
  • Quite good, velvety, just off-dry.

Burklin-Wolf Estate Riesling (white label), 2005

  • Pfalz, Germany
  • Brilliant, pale gold in color.
  • More candied flavors than the Berres.
  • Intense nose with spicy, candied lemon rind and orange zest; quite pronounced on the aromatics.
  • Quite dry almost to the point of being austere in style.
  • Short-ish finish.

Can Feixes Blanco Seleccio, 2005

  • Penedes, Spain
  • Gold in color
  • Very mild aromatics - slightly flowery with some salt or wet stone components.
  • Clean and minerally on the palate.
  • Very well balanced; good wine to have with food.
  • Finished smooth and lovely.
  • (2) perhaps even deserving a "+"??

Morgadio Albarino, 2005

  • Rias Baxias, Spain
  • Sea salt on the aromatics
  • Round flavors
  • Balanced smooth and quite nice
  • Lengthy, velvety finish.

Carchelo Monastrell, 2005

  • Jumilla, Spain
  • Vibrant, purple/garnet red.
  • Intense nose of grape and spice, smoke, ripe raspberries and other briary flavors
  • Smooth and soft on the palate, though, with just a touch of dusty tannins.
  • Great flavor through the finish, which maintains intensity
  • Great Value.

Bodegas Gormaz Tempranillo, 2004

  • Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • Deep garnet color
  • Spices on the nose with underlying raspberries
  • Really smooth on the palate
  • Easy finish - balance is very good with velvety fruit flowing on the finish.
  • This wine has improved greatly over the past 6 months.

Bodegas Guelbenzu "Azul", 2003

  • Navarra, Spain - bordeaux style blend
  • Garnet color with a touch of fade to the rim.
  • Easy nose of cherries and raspberries
  • Smooth and mellow on the palate
  • Kind of Bordeaux-like in its feel on the palate
  • Dry finish with a bit of tang.

Candado de Haza, 2003

  • An Alejandro Fernandez production, Ribera del Duero, Spain - all Tempranillo.
  • Deep color - rich garnet to an almost black core.
  • Quite intense on the nose with sweet, deep raspberries and cherries and licorices - a touch of garigue, as well.
  • Quite rich and velvety on the palate, very smooth.
  • Finishing dry and pervasive.
  • Great with food, very good example.
  • (2+)

Dehesa La Granja, 2001

  • Another Alejandro Fernandez wine, (Zamora) Toro region.
  • 100% Tempranillo, 24 months in American Oak.
  • Quite deep raspberry red color with a very dense core.
  • Nose is intense with some spice and deep raspberry aromas; lush nose.
  • Very rich, velvety feel on the palate with pervasive flavors.
  • A dry style, but balanced through the finish with a touch of tannin structure that carries the fruit quite well.

Dominio de Tarres "Exaltos" Mencia, 2003

  • El Bierzo, Spain (Northwest Spain with Atlantic influences).
  • 100% Mencia, aged for approximately 9 months in 50% American, and 50% French oak.
  • Deep garnet/black color with an opaque core.
  • Aromatics are full of raspberries, rosemary, thyme, brown sugar, white pepper...earthy flavors.
  • On the palate this wine is quite good: smooth and rich with rolling, well integrated tannins.
  • Long finish that is smooth and supple.
  • Very Good.

(Bodegas Toro Albalá) Dom PX Pedro Ximénez, 2002

  • Dessert-style wine from Montilla; made from grapes dried in the sun for two weeks to concentrate.
  • Rich amber, toffee, caramel color.
  • Orange zest and toffee predominate the aromatics with spices, maple and a touch of alcohol coming through.
  • Super glycerous on the palate with orange marmalade, toffee, and cinnamon spices.
  • Rich, sweet, but balanced on the finish.
  • Very good.

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