Vinos de Madrid
If Cru Beaujolais & Langhe Nebbiolo had a love child?

If Cru Beaujolais & Langhe Nebbiolo had a love child?

When a wine comes at me with a Cru Beaujolais meets Langhe Nebbiolo play I have to listen.  When it prices out at about $13.99 per bottle it’s time to buy.  I have had the Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros cuvée in past vintages and have liked it but it somehow seemed to not quite wow. ...
Bodegas Marañones "Piesdescalzos" 2009 Albillo

Bodegas Marañones “Piesdescalzos” 2009 Albillo

Every time I try a white wine from Bodegas Marañones I am completely seduced.  In some way I feel like someone has slipped me a mickey and I am being conned.  There is such a richness and depth, that I feel like there is new oak carefully laced through the wine to caress me into...
Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Okay, well forget top ten, let’s make it a baker’s dozen while we’re at it.  No particular order, I will just list them youngest to oldest according to vintage.  There are some reds, some young, some old, a white, a rosé, and even a non vintage number.  Just wines that kept me thinking throughout the...
Bodega Marañones:  Labros Garnacha 2008

Bodega Marañones: Labros Garnacha 2008

Today we check back in on my favorite new producer from Spain, Bodegas Marañones, with their pure 2008 Garnacha offering “Labros”.  And by new I mean that this is a new bodega, with a very talented young wine maker (Fernando ‘Fer’ Garcia), doing amazing things in a natural way.  All this right out of the...
Rock Star Wine:  Bodegas Marañones

Rock Star Wine: Bodegas Marañones

Fernando ‘Fer’ Garcia is a rock star when it comes to wine making.  Everything I have tried from this exceptional producer, Bodegas Marañones, has been amazing.  The white wine was the first one to grab me, and you can see what I had to say about that here, but needless to say it has been...
Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Spanish Whites

Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Spanish Whites

Most people probably have the impression that Spanish white wines tend to be lite, refreshing, and easy to drink, like Albariño for example (and not that there is anything wrong with Albariño, which I adore), but there are some very serious white wines being made in a traditional and/or modern style.  I have come across...