The 2004 Marbore is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and the balance Parraleta and Moristel. It was aged in new French barriques for 16-18 months. Dark ruby-colored, the nose offers up earth notes, mineral, pencil lead, leather, black cherry, and black currant. On the palate it reveals a forward personality, some elegance, and plenty of spicy fruit.
An indigenous varietal wine from Spain. Parraleta hails from mountainous Somontano, and this rendition is dark on the nose, with asphalt and licorice aromas. The palate is more tangy and medium, with raspberry, plum and oak. Almost Chianti-like in its body and feel.
Favorite - From Bodega Pirineos, this wine, from certified organically grown grapes, is a 50/50 blend. Tightly wound, its flavors are wild red berries set in a distinctly earthy, somewhat tannic frame.
Favorite - This indigenous red grape from the Somontano region is hardly ever released as a varietal. It's a wine that sneaks up on you. At first you taste bright, crunchy cranberry and wild cherry fruit, but it lingers and resonates, morphing into a sleek and penetrating wine with a sensuous minerality.
The 2006 Montesierra Macabeo (60%) Chardonnay (40%) is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Light gold in color, it exhibits melon, apple, herb, and citrus aromas and flavors in its crisp, medium-bodied personality. Its lively acidity and intensity make it an excellent match for raw bar and other seafoods.