Festivus Tempranillo & A Holiday Spanish Tasting with Casa Ventura
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Finca Torremilanos 2015 Montecastrillo Tinto

Ribera del Duero, Spain

100% Tempranillo

$12.99 or $11.69 for Wine Club Members or by the case.

The soft broad appeal of this wine (not at all oxidative and leathery like some Tempranillo can be) makes this a top pick of ours for holiday settings. And you know how much I disdain buying a wine for it's label but you've got to admit this little beauty really suits the season.

Organic and Biodynamic wines don't have to be expensive. Montecastrillo is the perfect example. 
There's no doubt, this is one of the greater values in the shop right now.
This Tempranillo is aged mostly in stainless steel to capture the freshness and minerality present in well-farmed fruit. Just a small percentage of oak is used to soften the wine before bottling. The end result is incredibly tasty. 

Finca Torremilanos is the second oldest winery in Ribera del Duero, created in 1903 by Don Calixto Seijas Zorrilla, although many of the vines in the estate were planted much earlier. The winery stands just under 3,000 feet from the Duero river. The soils of this terrific estate are alluvial from the old river bed, filled with river rocks, sand, silt and quartzite.
The entire 470 acres of the estate are organically farmed and contain some of the oldest vines in Spain to still be producing grapes. The estate's youngest are Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) vines at 30 years old with the oldest being about 90 years old. But the most impressive vines the estate has are of Viura (Macabeo) with around 180 years of age. Yes! They were planted in the 1830’s. The other white from the estate is Blanca del Pais (Tempranillo Blanco) which is around 80 years old. There is also some Garnacha, between 60 and 90 years old, and some Pinot Noir of 25 years old. Too bad they had to pull some approximately 130 year old vines of Garnacha  back in the 1980’s.

When the owner of Torremilanos decided to send his sons abroad for high school, he picked... SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL in Bellingham. Today the three boys still have warm connections with our town.  Together they now run the estate back home.

This wine also has another Bellingham connection, Spanish importer Basilio Rodríguez Grueso from Casa Ventura.  Basi will be pouring Montecastrillo Tinto and other delicious selections for us this Saturday.  Come down and enjoy his fantastic style and demeanor combined with his incredible knowledge of Spanish wines. I know you'll be glad you did.

Holiday Tasting with Spanish Importer Casa Ventura

Saturday, December 16th. 2-4 pm.

Join us Saturday, as we host local importer Basilio Rodríguez Grueso from Casa Ventura. This is a nice opportunity to revel in the season with family and friends while selecting your holiday wines. Spain offers so much.  The diversity in style is fantastic and the prices are incredible.

The Line-up

 Marques de la Concordia Cava Brut Nature 2012, Penedes 
 Atalaya do Mar Godello 2016, Monterrei 
 Finca Torremolinos Montecastrillo 2015, Ribera del Duero
Particular Garnacha Old Vines 2014, Cariñena
Quintaesencia Silbon 2016, Toro

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Alto Moncayo 2014 Veraton

Campo de Borja Spain

$27.99 or $25.19 for Wine Club Members or by the case.

#27 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2017 

Most of the Moncayo wines tend to sell for higher prices, but the 2014 Alto Moncayo Veraton is their least expensive cuvée, overseen by famous Barossa Australian winemaker Chris Ringland. Made from 100% Grenache, it was aged in 60% new French oak and 40% American oak barrels for 16 months prior to bottling without filtration. This is a 1,500-case cuvée that is pedal-to-the-metal material, as one might expect from Ringland. With an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful blackberry, charcoal and oaky notes are followed by a modern-style wine with huge fruit, big body, sweet tannin and a long finish.
"91 Points". The Wine Advocate #226 AUG 2016. $35

"Expressive flavors of cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate mingle in this polished red, balanced by notes of licorice and wild herbs. The tannins are well-integrated, and balsamic acidity keeps this balanced. Dense and harmonious, in the modern style. Drink now through 2022."
"92 Points" The Wine Spectator $30



Tis the season- Port

It's a season for firelight and darkness, feasts and solitude, and a glimmer of something warming in the glass. Holiday foods are about spice and berries, nuts and chocolate, roasts and cheeses, caramel, ginger and jam. There's one wine that pairs with all of it, and that wine is port.
That's partly because port wears so many guises. Vintage might be port's dazzling star, but an impressive range of styles, from white to red to tawny, lets port flow effortlessly from reception through dinner to dessert, making it one of the most versatile wines on your holiday table.

Kopke 10 yr White $33 375 ml.
Kopke 20 yr White $50 375 ml.

Seara d' Ordens Tawny $15
Quinta do Infantado Tawny $19
Kopke 10 yr Tawny $17 375 ml.
Ramos Pinot 10 yr Tawny $39 
Royal Oporto 10 yr Tawny $40
Royal Oporto 20 yr Tawny $69
Graham's 20 yr Tawny $68 
Rocha 2001 Colheita $15 375 ml.
Rocha 1989 Colheita $32 375 ml.
Rocha 1981 Colheita $52 375 ml.
Rocha 3 Centuries Porto $154 500 ml

Seara d' Ordens Ruby $15
Smith Wood house Lodge Reserve $23
Quinta do Infantado 2009 LBV $28
Dow's 2011 LBV $25
Smith Woodhouse 2003 LBV $30
Ramas Pinto 2012 LBV $27
Quinta do Vesuvio 2013 Vintage $70


December Hours

We have expanded our hours throughout the holiday season.

Sunday 12-5 pm
Monday-Saturday 10-6 pm
Christmas Eve 10-5 pm
Closed Christmas Day

Upcoming Tastings

New Arrivals Tasting
EVERY Friday

3-6 pm. No fee tasting 

Spanish Holiday Wines
with Casa Ventura Imports

Saturday, December 16th
2-4 pm. No fee tasting

Holiday Reds
Saturday, December 23rd
2-4 pm. No fee tasting

Bubbles & Wines for New Year's Eve and Day
Saturday, December 30th
2-4 pm. No fee tasting



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