2014 Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Crianza Selección de Familia, Spain, Wine Review

This is a nice value red from the Rioja region of Spain.   It retails for around $16 which is a great price for a nice red.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is dusty with cherries.  On the palate, there are cherries and some tobacco.  Slight tannins.  Good balance.  There is some depth/complexity here but this is not a wine to be aged.  That said, if well stored it should be good for at least five more years.  Works well with a wide variety of food.  

2017 Celler de Capçanes Peraj Petita Rosat, Spain, Montsant, Wine Review

This is a Rose wine from the region of Montsant in Spain.  It is made from Garnacha (Grenache) grapes.  An interesting color; sort of electric pale pink.  Pretty.  The nose has scents of celery and cherries which is nice.  On the palate, this is light bodied and very easy to drink.  Refreshing.  This is not a fruit bomb.  This retails for under $15 and provides a nice value at that price.  Affordable for summer get togethers.  

NV Alvear Pedro Ximénez Montilla-Moriles Solera 1927, Spain, Jerex, Wine Review

This is a dessert wine/sherry.  Made from the Pedro Ximénez grape.  Brown in color.  The nose smells like a tootsie-roll which is nice.  Chocolate, confectionery sugar.  This pours like motor oil; thick and viscous.  On the palate, the tootsie-roll quality continues thru.  Slightly sweet.  Good acidity.  No need for food, this is a dessert on its own.  It is a tough food match.  This wine is made from a Solera method with theoretically some portion of the wine dating to 1927.  It is unclear how much and this tastes young.  That said, for $25, this is a stellar dessert wine that is fun and d

2007 Finca Sandoval Manchuela, Spain, Manchuela

76% Syrah, 13% Monastrell, and 11% Bobal.  This is a blend coming from central Spain.  It is a more modern take despite being from an almost forgotten wine region.  Purple in color.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, some plums, black pepper, roasted meats and herbs.  On the palate, this is at peak.  No hurry but I would drink in the next five to ten years.  Layers of black raspberry fruit with earth and pepper.  A nice complexity.  Good balance.  Good on its own or with food.  This was a powerhouse in its youth but has matured nicely.  When you drink them really is more of an issue

NV Bodegas Tradición Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Amontillado 30 Years Old VORS, Spain, Jerez, Wine Review

Sherries are to a particular taste.  Very Old Rare Sherries may even be more so due to the cost.  Personally, I love them.  This bottle was consumed over three days.  It was at its best on day 3 (wine was corked and stored on the counter).  Gorgeous color of shimmering light brown/gold/orange.  Clear and bright in the glass.  On the nose, this is so complex.  Caramel, tootsie rolls, some alcohol, camphor/iodine, and minerals.  Complex.  On day 2 and 3, the alcohol is less noticeable.  It is oxidized but doesn't offend (me).  On the palate, it feels like there will be a bit from either the a

NV Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Amontillado Los Arcos Seco - Dry Solera Familiar, Spain, Jerez, Wine Review

This is a relatively inexpensive bottle of sherry (I paid $10 on sale).  Light golden in color.  The nose is very nice; nuts, slight caramel, slight saline and of course "Sherried".  On the palate, this is dry.  Nutty with some caramel notes.  A bit of bitterness.  Some alcohol.  Deep and texture.  Contemplative.  Long finish.  Great value.  It really does perform much better with salty foods.  

2004 Alonso del Yerro Ribera del Duero Maria, Spain, Wine Review

This is made from Tempranillo.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is dusty with black cherries.  On the palate, the black cherries carry thru.  A slight dill note.  Still firm tannins.  Nice finish.  This is still young at 14 years from vintage and certainly seems to have some upside.  It is a big, forward wine but a bit still in the shell.  If drinking now, give it a nice decant.