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.
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.