What's New in October
It's October and that means the fall releases from our three Sherry producers are now here. All the old favorites from Gutierrez Colosia, El Maestro Sierra and La Cigarrera are now available, but that's not all. The ultra-rare, so-old-that-even-the-Capataz-who's-been-at-the-winery-since-1959-isn't-sure-how-old-they-are sherries from El Maestro Sierra have arrived. To say that these wines have a limited production would be an understatement, so keep your eyes open for a special offering that is coming out for the El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 1830, Oloroso 1/14, Oloroso 1/7, and Pedro Ximénez Viejisimo. This fall we also have a new addition to our family of sherries: Sangre y Trabajadero Oloroso from Gutierrez Colosia. Initially made by the best cooper in Jerez, this sherry was the original every-man Oloroso, named for the hard-working butchers whose shops neighbored the cooper's. There is a sherry for every taste and every occasion; it's October and it's all about sherry.
If you'd like to learn more about Sherry, download the PDF of our Sherry 101 Seminar.
In the Press
From the International Wine Cellar
Steve Tanzer and Josh Raynolds rate a slew of new wines in the second part of their Best New Wines from Spain. Here's a sampling of what they had to say, follow the link for the complete article and all of the reviews.
2006 A Coroa Godello
Greenish gold. Musky melon and white peach aromas are brightened by lemon zest and dusty minerals. Deeply concentrated citrus and melon flavors are dry and sharply focused, picking up a bitter lime pith quality on the finish. This is irresistible. - S.T. (IWC Sept/Oct 07- International Wine Cellar)
2006 D Ventura, Viña Caneiro
Dark red. Intensely aromatic nose offers pungent red berries, minerals and dried flowers. Firm redcurrant and wild strawberry flavors possess admirable energy and a sappy quality, picking up light tannins with air. The tightly wound finish features a deeper bitter cherry quality and outstanding length. I find these wines awfully intriguing. – J.R. (IWC Sept/Oct 07 - International Wine Cellar)
2006 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina
$17; a 50/50 blend of hondarribi beltza and hondarribi zuri, for those keeping score
Pale pink. Ethereal lime, blood orange, redcurrant, white flower and mineral aromas offer remarkable precision. Weightless, lightly spritzy citrus pith and wild strawberry flavors are deepened by a cherry pit quality that insinuates rather than declares itself. If this were from Champagne, with this clarity and precision it would cost $300. Spring this on your friends who find red Txakoli too mainstream. - J.R. (IWC Sept/Oct 07 - International Wine Cellar)
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