Well Crafted Wines with Meghan Charneco
Saturday, March 11th, 2017 / 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, March 11th, we will be joined by Megan Charneco of Well Crafted Wines. Formerly The Spanish Wine Company, their portfolio became so overwhelmed with beautiful wines from outside of Spain, that they had to change their name. During this tasting Megan will have us bouncing back and forth between Spain and South Africa, with delicious results.
2015 Remhoogte Chenin Blanc (South Africa / Stellenbosch) $12.99 – Pure fruit flavors here, with a fresh, bright acidity and enough body to carry it all through to a mineral finish that reverberates as a racquetball. All stainless-steel fermentation protects and enhances the fruit qualities and keeps the wine light and lively. Great for a late-afternoon backporch get-together.
2014 Pago Alto Landon Doña Leo (Spain / Castilla-La Mancha / Manchuela) $15.99 – It's Muscat, Jim, but not as you know it. Medium straw-colored with a green tint, it displays a nose of orange blossom and mint, as well as green tea leaves and white pepper tones. This is a wine with remarkable density and concentration given the bright acidity. Although the aromatics suggest sweetness, the wine is dry but very fruity, refreshing, and exceptionally long.
2015 San Valero Castillo Ducay Tinto (Spain / Aragón / Cariñena) $9.99 – Just buy it. This is the definition of no-brainer. This tinto starts off with flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry fruit with hints of violet, fennel, and spice in the background. The wine is juicy and lively in the mouth with a persistent finish. There is more complexity than one may expect from a wine at this price. This is just a great value from Spain.
2014 Abadía de Acón Roble (Spain / Castilla y León / Ribera del Duero) $16.99 – Deep ruby. Peppery red fruits on the nose, with a subtle espresso quality adding depth. Sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins, which gain strength with air. Finishes with notes of bitter cherry skin and cracked pepper with good persistence.
2014 Noble Hill Syrah (South Africa / Coastal Region / Paarl) $19.99 – When we tasted this, Nick said, “this has been my favorite, but I brought in the Cabernet because I always buy Syrah.” Eric said, “that was dumb, this is great.” So we brought it in too. Velvet structure with fine tannins, black pepper, and olive purée. They add a bit of Mourvèdre and Viognier to bring out the grape’s subtle floral aromas & earthy notes.
Bodegas Marfil Alella Vinicola Violeta Solera (Spain / Catalonia) $37.99 – We freaked out when we tried this, and so did Parker, who gave it 93 points. The Marfil Violeta Solera is a pure Garnacha. It has a mulberry and clove-scented nose of deeply ripe fruit. The palate is very well-balanced with very good acidity that counterpoises the sweet cherry and marmalade flavors extremely well.