Los Acilates, Palacio Quamado, 2013, Alvear

A pleasant find – a dinner party guest bring – from South West Spain in the DO Ribera del Guadiana

http://www.alvear.es/index.php/es/component/k2/item/105-palacio-quemado-los-acilates-2013

Vina San Juan – La Mancha, 2013

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This was a solid offering from Dunnes @ €7.50 and you can read the winemakers notes here:

http://www.felixsolisavantis.com/en/vinos/ficha.php?c1=308&c2=315&c3=316&pr=358

Perfectly acceptable, fruity and smooth Spanish number, I would considering serving the next one chilled in this weather.

Ibéricos. Crianza, Rioja, Torres, 2011

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Oakey Tempranillo from Miguel Torres who produce consistently acceptable quality wines.

Not as big a Rioja bang as I’d expected.  Apparently, this is their first Rioja – with Torres notes here.

So perhaps a little more to do to bring it up to Torres benchmark.

Good article from the Independent Wine Review on the 2010 vintage here

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Celeste, Crianza, 2009, Torres, Ribera del Douro

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I fried this on top of the radiator to get it up to operating temperature for the Wilks who were coming for a Bridge Dinner.So the first taste was warm with an explosion of fruit which soon gave way to a smoother refined dry taste. As the label says, it was as unique as the night sky in Ribera del Duoro. I’m a fan of Torres wines on both sides of the Atlantic but sometimes the hyperbole of the language used stretches the vine a bit.

http://www.torres.es/wps/portal/web/inicio/vinosBrandies/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gTlyBfJydDRwN_S1dDA08Ts9BQXy9_Y4tQQ_3g1Dz9gmxHRQBkts_I/?WCM_PORTLET=PC_7_4DRMBB1A0GO070IHM1M7TK0434010457_WCM&WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/en/torres/secciones/vinosbrandies/vinos/celeste

€16.99 in O’Briens from €20.99

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