Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wine Review: Matsu El Viejo 2015

Matsu El Viejo 2015

Out of the Toro region of Spain comes Matsu, which means wait in Japanese, paying homage to three generations of viticulturists and winemakers. And that shows on the unique labels, as different faces of each generation are shown by the age of the vineyards and the wine's oak aging, quality, and also personality.

El Pícaro 2016 (pícaro means rogue) represents youthEl Recio 2015 (recio means strong) represents  maturity, and El Viejo 2015 (viejo means old) represents wisdom. I'm reviewing all three, and this is the conclusion with El Viejo 2015.

This is 100% Tinta de Toro (AKA Tempranillo) manually harvested from vineyards more than one-hundred years old. Fermentation and maceration takes three weeks in small concrete deposits with natural yeast, and them softly pressed with a pnuematic press. It spends sixteen months in new French oak barrels before being bottled without filtration or use of any "aggressive" clarifier. The final ABV is 15%.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Wine Quickie: The Drop Cans - Red, White & Rosé


The red is Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Syrah, and better than I thought it would be. Light bodied, bright and fruity, definitely meant to be chilled, and not sugary at all. Hey, it’s not fine wine but it’s better than a lot of mass produced brand names. I’d take it every day over Ravage or Apothic. The white is mostly Sauvignon Blanc. It’s crisp with aromas and flavors of stone fruit and petrol. Very simple and refreshing, and much more satisfying directly out of the can than in a glass. Being a New Englander and a Cape Codder, it’s only natural that I love the lobster on the rosé can. This is just a mouthful of Jolly Rancher watermelon candy and lime lollipop. You can chug a can of that in mere seconds. The rosé is clearly the crowd-pleaser of the bunch.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wine Review: Matsu El Recio 2015

Matsu El Recio 2015

Out of the Toro region of Spain comes Matsu, which means wait in Japanese, paying homage to three generations of viticulturists and winemakers. And that shows on the unique labels, as different faces of each generation are shown by the age of the vineyards and the wine's oak aging, quality, and also personality.

El Pícaro 2016 (pícaro means rogue) represents youthEl Recio 2015 (recio means strong) represents maturity, and El Viejo 2015 (viejo means old) represents wisdom. I'm reviewing all three, and this is the middle of the pack with El Recio 2015.

This is 100% Tinta de Toro (AKA Tempranillo) manually harvested from ninety to one-hundred year old vineyards using biodynamic techniques. It spends three weeks fermenting and macerating in small concrete deposits with natural yeasts and is softly pressed with a pnuematic press. Then it's aged in French oak for 14 months before being bottled without filtration or use of any "aggressive" clarifier. The final ABV is 14.5%.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Wine Review: Matsu El Pícaro 2016

Matsu El Pícaro 2016

Out of the Toro region of Spain comes Matsu, which means wait in Japanese, paying homage to three generations of viticulturists and winemakers. And that shows on the unique labels, as different faces of each generation are shown by the age of the vineyards and the wine's oak aging, quality, and also personality.

El Pícaro 2016 (pícaro means rogue) represents youth, El Recio 2015 (recio means strong) represents maturity, and El Viejo 2015 (viejo means old) represents wisdom. I'll be reviewing all three, starting right now with the El Picaro 2016.

This is 100% Tinta de Toro (AKA Tempranillo), as are all three of these wines, from fifty to seventy year old vineyards using biodynamic techniques. It's fermented and macerated in small concrete deposits with natural yeasts, softly pressed, bottled without filtration or use of any "aggressive" clarifier, and has a 14.5% ABV. And here's why this Rogue represents youth: It was not aged in oak but spent three months aging on its lees in concrete tanks. I'm expecting it to be fruit forward and less nuanced then the other two.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Wine Review: Hacienda López de Haro Rioja Reserva 2013

Hacienda López de Haro Rioja Reserva 2013

Has it really been half a year since I reviewed a Rioja? That's kinda crazy. Luckily that streak ends today! And with a hell of a lot of things going on in life, let's end the streak quickly. I really can't wait to go back to my old format of reviewing but it'll have to do just that: wait.

Bodega Classica's Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva 2013 is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from old, low-yielding vineyards. The grapes were manually harvested in October, macerated for two weeks, fermented under the controlled temperature of 28°C, and then saw twenty months of oak aging in French and American barrels. The final ABV is 13.5%.

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