Red Wine

Bodegas Volver – Paso A Paso Tempranillo

Paso A Paso Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a black grape, native to Spain, where it is popular for making red wine. The name is taken from the Spanish for “early”, in reference to it ripening weeks before other red grapes in the region.

Paso A Paso Tempranillo comes from Bodegas Volver, a winery in the best terrain Spain’s La Mancha region has to offer. According to the winemaker: “careful vineyard selections, long, slow fermentation and macceration followed by gentle aging for six months in French oak combine to create a wine with the optimum balance of fruit, spices and robust aromas.”

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar rates 2010 Paso A Paso Tempranillo 90 pts, describing it as having “fresh redcurrant and cherry flavors, very good energy with a long, spice-accented finish…A remarkable value.”

2009 Falesco Merlot, Italy

Our featured wine this month is a Merlot from Italy. Brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella of Falesco Winery, say they “have always paid attention to Merlot as we are convinced that few other territories can allow this variety to express its potential.” They feel that their vineyards “in the hills around Orveito”, in southwestern Umbria, are especially suited to the task.

According to the winery “Falesco Merlot, which is aged for six months in small French oak barrels, has a very deep colour. The scents are wide, rich, soft and spicy and the aromas are noble, well balanced and harmonious with an extremely long lingering finish.”

Wine Advocate scores the 2009 Falesco Merlot 92 points. Calling it “one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Falesco. It is a decidedly firm, vibrant Merlot that stands in stark contrast to the super-ripe, obvious Vitiano Rosso. Here the fruit is wonderfully precise and elegant. Jammy blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon, leather and crushed rocks are woven into a beautiful fabric. The French oak is layered very nicely, adding depth and flavor, but never overpowering the wine.”

Andeluna Malbec 2010, Mendoza region, Argentina

Andeluna Cellars is located in the Mendoza region of western Argentina. The winemaker describe their Malbec as an “intense red color with violet tones. With complex aromas of figs and plums. Notes of vanilla, coffee and chocolate given by its aging in French oak barrels.”

Cellar Tracker rates Andeluna’s 2010 Malbec 90 pts. Describing it as “Impressive and powerful, rich fruit and dark chocolate notes. Coffee and mocha on the finish. Full and rich. All in a superb Malbec.”

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar ranks this Malbec 88 pts. Tanzer’s calls it “a very good value. Bright, full red-ruby. Dark berries, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate on the nose. Juicy and graceful, with noteworthy intensity to the blackberry and spice flavors. This smooth, lively, fruit-driven wine finishes with a broad dusting of tannins and nice lift and length.”

Cupcake Wines – Central Coast, California

Consider us your Rockville source for Cupcake Wines, we’ve always got them well stocked. The vineyard describes their wines as “fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable.”

Cupcake Vineyards is located in Soledad, on California’s Central Coast. Although, due to his international experience, Cupcake Winemaker Adam Richardson, adds wines to the lineup from various countries, from Australia to Germany.

Wine Enthusiast described Cupcake’s 2008 Pinot Noir as “silky and rich, with raspberry and cherry puree, cola, sweet vanilla and sandalwood flavors, and a long, spicy finish. Set it beside more expensive bottlings and it stands up well.”

Altovinum’s Evodia – Calatayud region, Spain

Evodia red wine

Altovinum’s Evodia is 100% old vine Garnacha grapes, grown in the village of Atea, in Spain’s Calatayud region. The vineyards around Atea are the highest of any in the area. According to winemaker Eric Solomon, the climate at that elevation and ideal soil give Evodia its unique character.

Wine Enthusiast describes Evodia 2010 as “Floral and fresh smelling, with rosy notes, blueberry and nary any funk, leather or earth. Vibrant and juicy in the mouth, with boysenberry and plum flavors that set up a fruity, clean finish. Brighter, smoother and easier going than the 2009. ”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave Evodia 90 points.  “It offers up a slightly exotic nose of earthy minerality, mocha, black cherry, and black raspberry. Savory, concentrated, and with a forward personality, this great value will deliver pleasure over the next 3-4 years.”