2001 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja

In a great plae right now.  No hurry but showing mature development.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has some slight funk to it.  Not a lot, but some.  Cherries, dark cherries, cigar box and leather as well.  On the palate, lots of black cherry and cherry fruit.  Layers of earth and forest floor.  Good balance.  Wonderful mouthfeel.  Nice finish.  Worked well with food.  While this was a bit modern in style in its youth, it has aged just beautifully as it turns into an older Rioja.  

2013 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes, Spain - Wine Reviews

Always a solid value, this vintage is no exception.  Purple in color.  The nose has dark cherries, coffee and splight plums.  On the palate, this is delcious.  Plenty of dark cherry and plum fruit.  Some oak showing.  Great texture.  This is a pretty big round wine that will drink well on its own or with food.  A sure fire crowd pleaser.  

2015 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio, Spain, Jumilla - Wine Review

This is a big wine for sure.  I suspect it will be a love it or hate it kind of wine.  Inky purple in color.  The nose has dusty dark cherries, plums and chocolate and spice.  On the palate this is jammy with a lot of fruit.  Dark cherries and black raspberries.  Some spice showing.  It is really all about sweet fruit right now.  Delicious and enjoyable.  Not the best food pairing but great on its own.  Having had past vintages, I think it will settle down but if you don't like it young, you won't like it older.  If you do, its got a decade left.  

NV Joios Cava Brut, Spain - Wine Review

$12 gets you this delightful sparkler.  Perfect for mixing or drinking on its own at parties.  Light gold in color.  Lots of medium to large bubbles.  The nose is lemony which carries thru to the palate.  Apparently there is no Xarelo in this but it is 100% Chardonnay.  It certainly punches above its weight class.  Outstanding value.  

2015 4 Monos Albillo Real, Spain, Madrid, Gredos - Wine Review

A really interesting wine.  We visited the winery in Gredos and brought this back.  Gredos is about 35 minutes west of Madrid and the vineyards are old, planted on sandy soils at high altitudes in windy conditions.  Albillo Real is the traditional white grape used in the area (most of the wines are Garnacha).  Deep gold in color.  The nose is nice withcrushed shells, herbal notes of wintergreen and thyme, and minerals.  On the palate, those carry thru.  Slight peach as well.  Medium bodied.  Slightly oily in texture.  Served with a Morrocan spiced Carrot Salad, this worked quite well.  Nice

2016 Familia Torres Pazo das Bruxas

Light golden in color.  A very nice nose of crushed sea shells with bits of lime.  Not as good on the palate but still ok.  Nice minerality but it turns a bit bitter.  I would like to see a bit more acidity as well.  It would work well with sea food for sure.  

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