July 14, 2016

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Our web address has changed. Please go to this link to access our new website:  The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group – Gerry Dawes Selections
April 25, 2016

The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group – Gerry Dawes Selections

Also see this page:  The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group – Gerry Dawes Selections Gerry Dawes, Presidente-Jefe & Chairman of the Board The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group – Gerry Dawes Selections Sustainable Agriculture Practitioners [email protected] / [email protected] Cell phone: 914-414-6982 Gerry Dawes’s Spain: An Insider’s Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel Spanish National Gastronomy Award 2003   Gerry Dawes at Rafa Marisquería in Madrid. Photo by John Sconzo©2016. “You have worked on Spain like no one else.  You have done it a step at a time, little by little, but I think it is great that you are finding success with The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group – Gerry Dawes Selections and that after so many years of trips to Spain and of knowing and loving Spain, that your efforts are finally going to pay off.” – – José Andrés, Chef-Partner, ThinkFoodGroup; James Beard […]
January 19, 2016

Catajarros Elite Rosado Cigales

* * * * *   Persistence of Memory* (Salvador Dalí) Five-Watch Rating  * * * * *  “You ask about rosé?  Blended from tempranillo and garnacha (red grapes), verdejo and alvillo (white), the Hermanos Merino Viña Catajarros Elite Rosado ($14.99), from the Cigales region, was seamless and displayed a certain seriousness under its flirtatiousness.”  Howard G. Goldberg    Basilio Izquierdo, the top winemaker in La Rioja and a frequent traveler with Gerry Dawes to visit The Spanish Artisan Wine Group artisan winemakers, tasting Viña Catajarros Cigales Rosado at  Bodegas Hermanos Merino in Corcos del Valle (Valladolid).   Photo by Gerry Dawes©2012 / [email protected] * * * * * Cigales, Castilla y León Bodegas Hermanos Merino, Corcos del Valle (Valladolid)    Viña Catajarros Rosado 2014 Cigales 13.0% 12/750ML $14.99 SRP A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha Tinta, 5% Verdejo, 5% Alvillo. Appearance:  Pretty, bright, strawberry-raspberry rosé (please don’t call my rosados […]
August 27, 2015

Gerry Dawes’s Spain: An Insider’s Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel

Also, please visit: Gerry Dawes’s Spain: An Insider’s Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel (Click on name.) * * * * * 
February 17, 2015
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Bodegas Aliaga Superb Tempranillo and Garnacha-Based Wines From Navarra, Including Aliaga Rosado de Lágrima de Garnacha (Garnacha Rosado made with free-run juice), one of Spain’s Greatest Rosados

* * * * * Bodegas Aliaga, Corella (Navarra)  The wines of Carlos Aliaga and his family.   Carlos Aliaga showing his Viña Aliaga vineyards to a visitor.  Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 / [email protected] The Wines of Aliaga and Restaurante El Crucero (Click on the El Crucero titles below to see photos of the restaurant and its dishes.)   Upgraded to Four Dalí Watches: El Crucero in Corella (Navarra), Lunch with the Wines of Aliaga at One of the Great Restaurants of Navarra’s Ribera Baja Wine-growing Region, Also Home to One of Spain’s Finest Vegetable Growing Regions and Some of Navarra’s Little-known, But Best Country Restaurants.  Another Great Lunch at El Crucero, Corella (Navarra) with Carlos Aliaga and the Wines of Viña Aliaga, June 6, 2011  Aliaga Lágrima de Garnacha Rosado 13.5% Made from free-run juice from 100% old vines Garnacha from the Viña Aliaga vineyard located at Ombatillo near […]
February 5, 2015
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John Gilman, View From The Cellar, No. 53, Sept. – Oct. 2014 Part II

                                                 
February 4, 2015
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The Spanish Artisan Wine Group Arrives in US With a Plethora of Low Octane Beauties

Long-time Spanish wine expert and journalist, Gerry Dawes has finally tossed his hat back in the ring of the wine trade here in the United States, creating a new Spanish wine import company that is focused on searching out old school Spanish wines of great character that have resisted (or studiously ignored) the modern trend towards high alcohol and over-oaked wines that have plagued many of the most well-known properties on the Iberian peninsula during the last couple of decades. Señor Dawes is probably the most vociferous opponent of excessive new oak to be found in the world of wine since the passing of Bartolo Mascarello, and he is no fan of the very heady and overripe style of winemaking that has been championed in many other journalistic circles behind the banner of Spain’s “Mediterranean Wine” fiction, which argues unpersuasively that Spain’s natural wine proclivity is to make overripe and […]
June 22, 2014
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The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections Arrives in US With a Plethora of Low Octane Beauties – – John B. Gilman’s The View From The Cellar

* * * * * Vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Empordá. One of the most beautiful vineyard areas in Spain.   Long-time Spanish wine expert and journalist, Gerry Dawes has finally tossed his hat back in the ring of the wine trade here in the United States, creating a new Spanish wine import company that is focused on searching out old school Spanish wines of great character that have resisted (or studiously ignored) the modern trend towards high alcohol and over-oaked wines that have plagued many of the most well-known properties on the Iberian peninsula during the last couple of decades. Señor Dawes is probably the most vociferous opponent of excessive new oak to be found in the world of wine since the passing of Bartolo Mascarello, and he is no fan of the very heady and overripe style of winemaking that has been championed in many other journalistic […]
June 21, 2014
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José Andrés on The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group – Gerry Dawes Selections

“You have worked on Spain like no one else.  You have done it a step at a time, little by little, but I think it is great that you are finding success (with The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections) and that after so many years of trips to Spain and of knowing and loving Spain, that your efforts are finally going to pay off.  You deserve to make it with your new venture and I am very happy for you.”  – – José Andrés, James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef 2011 and Chef-Partner of ThinkFoodGroup in Washington, D.C. and Operator of such restaurants as Jaleo (four locations in metro D.C. area and one in Las Vegas; minibar, Zaytinya, Oyamel, America Eats in D.C.; The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California; and China Poblano by José Andrés in Las Vegas. José Andrés & […]
June 20, 2014

What They Are Saying & Writing About The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections (Click on titles.)

* * * * * Spanish Wines — A Seductive New Crop Godello, mencia, and other less-than-famous Iberian grapes shine in a new selection from Spanish wine expert Gerry Dawes – – Colman Andrews, Editorial Director, The Daily Meal    * * * * * Spanish Artisan Wine Group Stars from Ribeira Sacra: The most awesomely beautiful wine region on earth. “Tasted the new Holy Grail of Ribeira Sacra producers yesterday – Don Bernardino, Decima, Sabatelius, Toalde, Cazoga – just insanely good, low octane fireworks.” – – John B. Gilman, Publisher of View From The Cellar * * * * * In Spain, the Promise of Godello by Eric Asimov, The New York Times, Saturday, May 26, 2012 Excerpt: “. . .Some people have already made up their minds about godello.  Gerry Dawes, who has been writing about Spanish wines for decades and who recently went into the importing business, […]
June 18, 2014
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Arthur Lubow on The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections Wines

“The wines that Gerry Dawes is importing from Spain are appealing because they are affordable and yet have individual character. They haven’t been smoothed out to be merely drinkable or, even worse, just to make a big first impression.They go brilliantly with food, which is the right place for wine. And they speak of of the land and the winemakers that gave birth to them.I was delighted by the multi-layered Hermanos Merino Catajarros Rosado 2010 Cigales, which is a rosé that conjures up a perfect summer afternoon.Among the reds, I particularly enjoyed the peppery Viña Cazoga Tinto 2010 Amandi, the lighter, nicely balanced Décima Mencía Tinto 2010 Amandi, and the complex Toalde Tinto 2010 Ribeiras do Minho.The whites that stood out for me were the crisp, stony Manuel Formigo Finca Teira 2010 and the peach-and-almond redolent Adegas D. Berna Godello 2010 Valdeorras.” – – Arthur Lubow   Author Arthur Lubow (The […]
May 21, 2014
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Bodegas Artesanas, Rías Baixas, Galicia: Avó Roxo, Cabaliero do Val, Lagar de Broullón, Lagar de Candes, O’Forollo & Rozas

Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas, Rías Baixas, Galicia “When Gerry discusses his albariños his voices rises and his enthusiasm goes into high gear, as does the prose in his tasting sheet on albariños from members of the Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas.    Back label in Spain for the Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas, Autores do Viño. The association, he relates, is “A group of small grower-producers who rebelled against commercial wine styles in Rías Baixas and produce their own unique wines using native yeasts.” He continues: “Each wine is distinctly different from the others.  There are 14 members of this association.  I have six of them, with probably four more to come. Why? These wines are among the greatest white wines of Spain, that’s why.” I am not knowledgeable enough to say whether they are the greatest or not, but I loved the scintillating, complex 2010 Albariño from O’Forollo ($23.99); enjoyed the […]
May 11, 2014
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Spanish Artisan Wine Group Stars from Ribeira Sacra: The most awesomely beautiful wine region on earth. “Tasted the new Holy Grail of Ribeira Sacra producers yesterday – Don Bernardino, Decima, Sabatelius, Toalde, Cazoga – just insanely good, low octane fireworks.” – – John B. Gilman, Publisher of View From The Cellar

* * * * * Tourist boat on the Sil River in the Amandi subzone of la Ribeira Sacra.  Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2010. Contact [email protected] Ribeira Sacra: A Renewed Obsession  by Chris Barnes, Chambers Street Wines, New York City “The Mencia grape is to Ribeira Sacra as Gamay is to Morgon or Syrah is to Cote Rôtie – a grape perfectly matched to its terroir. One doesn’t have to be a viticultural historian to know that it takes inspired people in addition to great grapes and great terroir to spell success. Today we’re celebrating a superb vintage in Ribeira Sacra, the burgeoning career of a new importer, and one young winemaker’s outstanding work with a special three-pack selected to renew your obsession with Ribeira Sacra.  Gerry Dawes has been travelling in Spain for over 30 years. He has been to Ribeira Sacra many times and considers himself a true Galicia-phile. […]
May 8, 2014
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Valdeorras: Spain’s Great White Hope in The Valley of Gold

* * * * * Glass of Godello at sunset at Adegas D. Berna, Valdeorras. Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 / [email protected](None of the photos here were a part of The New York Times article.)  In Spain, the Promise of Godello by Eric Asimov The New York Times, Saturday, May 26, 2012 Excerpt: “. . .Some people have already made up their minds about godello.  Gerry Dawes, who has been writing about Spanish wines for decades and who recently went into the importing business, has called godello “Spain’s emerging hope as an equivalent to the great white Burgundies.” Godello grapes, Valdeorras. Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 / [email protected] The consulting enologist for both D. Berna and O Barreiro is José Luís Murcía, who has more than 20 years experience making Godello in Valdeorras and consults to eight other wineries, including the stellar Casal Novo, and somehow manages to capture the essence of […]
May 6, 2014
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Adega Manuel Formigo Grand Cru Quality Treixadura-based White Wines from Ribeiro (Galicia)

* * * * *  Persistence of Memory* (Salvador Dalí) Five-Watch Rating Photo by Gerry Dawes©2012 / [email protected] / http://www.spanishartisanwinegroup.com. Adega Manuel Formigo32431 Beade (Ourense), [email protected]  Agustín Formigo Raña, his wife María del Carmen de la Fuente de la Torre and their son, winemaker Manuel Formigo de la Fuente, the Formigo family of viticulturists and winemakers, has been closely connected with wines from the Ribeiro for many generations in the village of Beade.   Beade is in Ourense, one of the four provinces of emerald Galicia in northwestern Spain just north of the border with Portugal and  is just a few kilometers north of the ancient town of Ribadavia, which has one of the best preserved medieval Jewish quarters in Spain (see slide show below). (Double-click on the images and go to Picasa, then click on “slide show” and F11 for a full-screen view.) Adega Manuel Formigo makes primarily white wines of […]
March 6, 2014
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“2010 Rozas Albariño. Maybe the greatest Albariño I have ever tasted – – kaleidoscopic minerality, blazing purity.” – – John B. Gilman, View From the Cellar

* * * * * Bodegas Rozas, Meaño (Pontevedra) Bodeguero Artesano Manolo Dovalo  Rozas Albariño 2010 13.5% 12/750ML $25.99 Adega Rozas is located in the village of Meaño in the Val de Salnés and is run by winegrower Manolo Dovalo. This family estate goes back several generations, and its 6.3 hectares of vineyards are loaded with old vines – many dating back more than two generations! Señor Dovalo insists that it is the very high percentage of old vines in this very favored section of the Val de Salnés that allows him to make such outstanding Albariños. The 2010 Rozas is simply stunning, soaring from the glass in a complex blaze of lime zest, tart orange, kaleidoscopic minerality, lemongrass, gentle leesy tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very racy, with a rock solid core of fruit, brisk acids, laser-like focus and simply […]
March 6, 2014
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Cabaliero Do Val, Meaño (Pontevedra) Bodeguero Artesano Francisco Dovalo

* * * * * Gerry Dawes with Francisco (“Paco”) Dovalo López, owner of Cabaleiro do Val, is the founder and president of the Asociación of Bodegas Artesanas, Rías Baixas, Galicia. The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections imports six different artisan albariños from the Bodegas Artesanas. Adega Cabaliero Do Val, Meaño (Pontevedra)Bodeguero Artesano Francisco Dovalo Cabaleiro do Val Albariño 2010 13.5% 12/750ML $24.99 Cabaliero do Val, Paco Dovalo’s great Albariño, Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas. Cabaleiro do Val was officially incorporated as a bodega in 1989, although Paco Dovalo López has been producing his vino de autor signature wine all his life in an old granite stone farmhouse that he inherited from his ancestors and dates from 1834.  A section of the house is the old bodega, where the Dovalo family has been making wine for more than 100 years.  In the garden of the house is a huge […]
March 6, 2014
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O’ Forrollo Albariño Rías Baixas

* * * * *  Bodega Meis Otero, O’ Forrollo, Dena-Meaño (Pontevedra), GaliciaBodeguero Artesano Fernando Meis Otero O’ Forrollo Albariño 2010 Rías Baixas 13% 12/750ML $23.99  O’Forrollo, one of the six Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas de Rías Baixas Albariños  brought in by The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections. Color & appearance: Deep green-gold, correct for Albariño. Nose: Pears, lime, apricots, spices, minerals. Palate: Lots of delicious fruit, including hints of pear, apricot, lime and spices, with a bracing acidity that balances the fruit.  The wine finishes long, compelling sense of minerality. Bodeguero artesano Fernando Meis Otero is one of the younger members of the Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas, a group of 14 independent artisan wineries from the same area of Val do Salnés, the top subregion for Albariños from Rías Baixas.  Fernando Meis farms his own vineyards of 100% Albariño grapes and ferments his must using native yeasts.   Fernando […]
March 5, 2014
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Adegas Avó Roxo, Meaño (Pontevedra) Bodeguero Artesano Antonio Gondar Moldes, Avó Roxo Albariño

* * * * * Adegas Avó Roxo, Meaño (Pontevedra)Bodeguero Artesano Antonio Gondar MoldesAvó Roxo Albariño 2010 13.0% 12/750ML $24.99 Avó Roxo joined the Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas in 2010 and is one of the group’s newest members. Avó Roxo is a traditional family winery and all their wine production comes from their own 1.5 hectares of vineyards are located in the heart of O Salnes, a privileged environment for the growing and harvesting of the Albariño grape.The winery began producing wines in the 1930’s under the management of Serafín Gondar.  In 1975 Serafin passed the vineyards and winery to his son Antonio Gondar, who continued the wine’s development.  Avó Roxo won several awards in the 70’s, including 1st place at the XXII Albariño Wine Festival in Cambados in 1974.  Antonio Gondar Moldes, Avo Roxo, Asociación de Bodegas Artesanas. All Photos by Gerry Dawes©2012. The winery was named after the founder Serafín, […]
March 5, 2014
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Lagar de Broullón, Meaño (Pontevedra) Bodeguero Artesano José Pintos Pintos, Lagar de Broullon Albariño

* * * * * Lagar de Broullón,  Meaño (Pontevedra) Bodeguero Artesano José Pintos PintosLagar de Broullon Albariño 2010 12.5% 12/750ML $23.99 Lagar de Broullón 2010 is made by José Pintos. Beautifully balanced, Pintos’s wine is full-flavored and quite complex with lychee and green apple flavors braced by a long, clean, mineral-laced finish, but has just 12.5% alcohol, which helps make it very easy to drink.   It is ideal with many different dishes, but especially with grilled fish, shellfish (for which Galicia is famous), octopus, rice dishes and cheeses.   José Pintos, artesan grower-winemaker of Lagar de Broullón, sings during a lunch break at the Festa del Encontro do Viño de Autor at Meaño (Pontevedra). Located in the heart of the Val de Salnés, in an area known as the home of Albariño grape, Lagar de Broullón bodega is surrounded by its 2.5 acre south-southwest facing vineyard that produces its signature […]
March 5, 2014
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Guide to The Wineries & Artisan Grower-Producers of The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections

* * * * * Articles and Comments About The Spanish Artisan Wine Group – Gerry Dawes Selections Castilla y León Bierzo Bodegas Adriá, Vilafranca del Bierzo (León) Viña Barroca Mencía Tinto 2010 Bierzo 13.5% 12/750ML $14.99 SRP This still very young Mencía red wine, which spends 4 months on its lees in stainless steel and 4 months in bottle before release, benefits from contact with air and continues to improve over the course of the bottle.   The color is deep pomegranate-like black ruby.  The nose shows pomegranate-cranberry fruit typical of Mencía-based wines. On the palate that depth of pomegranate fruit battles for prominence with striking minerality, which makes this wine very reminiscent of a serious Loire Valley cabernet franc-based Chinon, though the minerality comes from quartz and slate, not calcareous soil as in the Loire.  Good with grilled and roasted red meats, charcoal-grilled lamb chops, chorizo, rice dishes, pasta […]
March 5, 2014
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Viña Catajarros Cigales Rosado, One of Spain’s Truly Great Rosé Wines

* * * * * “You ask about rosé?  Blended from tempranillo and garnacha (red grapes), verdejo and alvillo (white), the Hermanos Merino Viña Catajarros rosado ($13.99), from the Cigales region, was seamless and displayed a certain seriousness under its flirtatiousness. (I tasted the 2010; you may find the 2011.)”  Howard G. Goldberg   Basilio Izquierdo, the top winemaker in La Rioja and a frequent traveler with Gerry Dawes to visit The Spanish Artisan Wine Group artisan winemakers, tasting Viña Catajarros Cigales Rosado at Bodegas Crescencia Merino in Corcos del Valle (Valladolid).  Photo by Gerry Dawes©2012 / [email protected] * * * * *  Persistence of Memory* (Salvador Dalí) Five-Watch Rating  * * * * *  Cigales, Castilla y León Bodegas Hermanos Merino, Corcos del Valle (Valladolid)    Viña Catajarros Rosado 2011 Cigales 13.0% 12/750ML $13.99 SRP A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha Tinta, 10% Verdejo, 5% Alvillo. Appearance:  Pretty, bright, strawberry-raspberry rosé (please […]
March 4, 2014
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Lagar de Candes Albariño, Bodegas y Viñedos Eulogio Gondar Galiñanes

* * * * * Lagar de Candes, Bodegas y Viñedos Eulogio Gondar Galiñanes, Meaño (Pontevedra)Bodeguero Artesano Eulogio Gondar Galiñanes  Hazards of being an artisan grower-producer. Eulogio Gondar, Lagar de Candes, wearing a eye patch after being injured when a grapevine he was pruning poked him in the eye. Lagar de Candes Albariño 2010 12.0% 12/750ML $23.99  In the glass this Albariño is a light golden color. The nose offers aromatic complexity with floral notes of orange blossoms, green pears and lime, supported by racy Alsatian Reisling-like acidity and a traces of minerality in the finish. “The 2010 from Lagar de Candes is a lovely wine, wafting from the glass in a complex mix of tangerine, elegant leesy tones, pulverized stone, lime zest and a saline topnote of the ocean. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full and zesty, with lovely complexity, very good mid-palate depth, sound framing acids […]
March 4, 2014
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Viña Cazoga, Jorge Carnero, The Spanish Artisan Wine Group’s “Wild Child” From Ribeira Sacra

* * * * *   Viña Cazoga, Jorge Carnero, Amandi (Lugo) 2010 Viña Cazoga Mencía – Jorge Carnero (Ribeira Sacra)Viña Cazoga has a long history of fine wine production in the Ribeira Sacra and was once one of the largest and most important estates in the area, but during the nadir of the region’s fortunes- which really started at the dawn of the twentieth century, when so many of these steep vineyard sites were abandoned and young people emigrated en masse in search of more profitable work- Jorge Carnero’s family’s vineyard holdings in the village of Amandi dwindled down to almost nothing. Jorge’s grandfather, Raimundo Vidal, was instrumental in starting to resurrect the Ribeira Sacra region in the 1970s and today the family owns a single, 3.9 hectare parcel of vines right above the Sil River that was long recognized as the finest vineyard in Ribeira Sacra. Almost the […]
March 4, 2014
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Toalde Mencía Tinto 2010 Ribeira Sacra, From Artisan Producer Roberto Regal

* * * * * Toalde, Roberto Regal, Ribeiras do Miño (Lugo)  Roberto Regal, artisan producer of Toalde Mencía, in Ribeira Sacra vineyards overlooking a bridge over the Miño River in Belesar near Chantada. Photo by Gerry Dawes©2012 / [email protected]    Toalde Mencía Tinto 2010 Ribeira Sacra 13.0% 6/750ML $24.99 The 2010 Toalde from Roberto Regal is excellent, wafting from the glass in a smoky mélange of dark berries, black cherries, espresso, tree bark, stony soil tones, fresh herbs and woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and intensely flavored, with lovely transparency, very good mid-palate depth and superb length and grip on the focused and complex finish. This wine is very light on its feet and yet packs plenty of intensity. I suspect it will prove to be a touch longer-lived than the equally fine 2011 Toalde bottling. Classic Ribeira Sacra. 2012-2020+.  92.  – – John B. Gilman, […]