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2 Northern Spanish Hits

March 16, 2011

The Lúculo was dark, handsome and spicy. White pepper and plum skin. No fat. Old-skool. If any of this wine sees new oak, it certainly isn’t bearing any negative aspects of it and is quite integrated. Dried herbs and relatively firm tannins. Definitely a cooler-climate style than the typical cheap Spanish-gluggable-Garnacha.

The Lobarzan (Mostly Mencia with a minority percentage local Tempranillo clone) was perfectly leafy and red-berried. It wouldn’t have been totally out of place in a Touraine rouge tasting with a great tension between the earthy-savory and fresh sweetness. It developed and fame into focus with some air. A big winner and I wish more could be on hand (Jose Pastor is no longer bringing this in, methinks).


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