La Cava del Bierzo, Valtuille de Abajo

For decades this bodega was a small, traditional family winery owned by the Martínez Fuente family who made wines for the local market. In 2008 a partnership of three wine professionals bought and modernized the actual winery and began making wines from the 15 hectares of old vines (averaging 60 years) retained and tended by the Fuentes with the goal of both higher quality and reaching export markets. The vineyards are located in the heart of the Bierzo zona which has been making internationally recognized wines for over two THOUSAND years (Pliny the Elder noted them and, when the Romans conquered Spain, the wines were an important part of the sustenance of both miners and soldiers of the Empire). In the 11th century monks from the Order of Cluny in Burgundy started an abbey in the zona and brought with them a great reserve of knowledge re both viticulture and winemaking.

Val Todil Mencía Tinto 2009, Bierzo

100% Mencía carefully selected, destemmed, crushed and then fermented in stainless steel to retain the bright, zesty, spicy nature of the variety then bottled directly. The result is packed with dark berry fruit, exotic spices and minerals all underscored by a firm, food friendly core of acidity making it a no brainer with the basic food groups of BBQ / Pizza / Oaxacan. You could serve it ever so slightly chilled with spicier dishes as well.

 

Val Todil Tinto Crianza 2006, Bierzo

Extremely low yields from the oldest vines are hand harvested, rushed to the winery, destemmed, crushed, given a long maceration then fermented in stainless steel. The resulting wine is then aged in French and American oak for eight months before resting in bottle for at least a year. In addition to the intense dark fruit and earth of the variety, the aging regime ads a potpourri of spices, tobacco, balsamic notes and more making it a fantastic addition to our Steakhouse Reds Collection.

 

That “Spanish Tinge”…

That’s what Jelly Roll Morton insisted was the crucial ingredient in good Jazz (and good Creole cookin’ too!). We’ve just acquired a small but intense selection of Spanish Reds that up the ante considerably in quality, value and packaging: Traditional Riojas have always been been favorites of discerning WINE EXPO-isti and we have seven wonderful bottlings for you but also selections from Ribera del Duero, several amazing “bang for the buck” reds from La Mancha, Penedes, Valencia, Catalunya and other far flung DOs plus some fun Cavas. Would a Chorizo and Walnut stuffed roast turkey be too weird for your next Thanksgiving dinner? Well, at least lay out some Jamon de Serrano and some nice olives for your arriving guests and watch the smiles erupt and the conversation take off.