The Wines of Spain Crush Hour

The Wines of Spain Crush Hour
Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits
January 22nd, 2010 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Please join Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits Friday, January 22nd for a Spanish Crush Hour tasting.  In the last decade, Spain has emerged as one of the world’s finest regions for high quality wine and exceptional value.  Robert Parker says, “Spain is emerging as a leader in wine quality and creativity, combining the finest characteristics of tradition with a modern and progressive winemaking philosophy.”  Join us as we sample eight wines from up and coming regions such as Rias Biaxas, Penedes, Bierzo, Castilla de Leon and Priorat.  Five artisanal cheese selections and housemade breads will be paired with wines.  The price is $25.00 per person.  Reservations are requested and can be made by calling Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits at (813) 250-9463.  Please see below for the featured wines:

Dominio de Tares Bembibre 2005
An extremely characteristic Mencia with all the complexity and elegance this can entail. Impressive red cherry colour with a veil of violet shades on the rim. Powerful nose of red fruit (raspberry & cherry) and an assertive ripe plum along with floral notes, such as roses and violets, mixed with fallen leaves, tobacco and sandalwood fragrances. Very well structured, impeccable balance with a glyceric texture, full bodied, plush and elegant. Rich and very long finish with excellent persistence together with an excellent acidity, black fruit and balsamic fragrances. Lingering aftertaste of toasted notes (cocoa) and mint together with ripe plum and exotic spices.
Wine Advocate
The opaque purple-colored 2005 Bembibre delivers a nose of mineral, scorched earth, spice box, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. Structured and firm on the palate, this intense, concentrated, and harmonious effort will evolve for 3-5 years and drink well from 2013 to 2020.
Score: 91. —Jay Miller, June 2009.

Dominio de Tares Cumal 2005
Attractive deep garnet-red colour with claret glints. Clear and bright with beautiful legs. Intense fruity nose of ripe strawberries, blueberries and plums with nice spicy hints of fine oak and blackcurrant aromas coming through. Full-bodied and well-balanced with fine acidity. Good backbone with an elegant after-taste and a lingering finish.

Mas Igneus Priorat Barranc dels Closos 2006
Mas Igneus
The grapes are produced on terraces with a yield/hectare of 4500 kg. Vintage starts at the beginning of October and grapes are selected by hand and transported to the cellar in 20 Kg. cases. In the winery a second selection of the grapes is made using a sorting table. The must ferments for 25 days at a temperature of 26ÂșC. After this process wine goes into French Allier barrels for 3 months. No finings nor cold treatments are done resulting in a wine with a touches of the typical Priorat terroir.

Wine Advocate
The 2006 Barranc dels Closos is composed of 75% Garnacha and 25% Carinena aged for three months in French oak. Purple-colored, it offers up an expressive perfume of earth, slate, espresso, black cherry, blueberry, and licorice. This leads to a full-bodied wine with intense liquid mineral and black fruit flavors, outstanding depth, and enough ripe tannin to support an additional 2-3 years of cellaring. It should be at its finest from 2011 to 2021. It is a good introduction to the DO of Priorat.
Score: 91. —Jay Miller, February 2009.
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