On Saturday I went to a couple of wine tastings. Spanish wines at Union Square Wines and a Burgundy tasting sponsered by Garnet Wines which was held at the Bohemian National Hall. I went to the Spanish event first. Didn’t have much time so I started the day with the 2008 Organic Brut Reserve Cava from Marques de Gelida. Then I made my way to the last table which usualy have the top-end wines at these tastings if any are being poured that day. They poured three Rioja Reservas from the 2001 vintage. It’s always nice to try a bottle of red that has some maturity to it. I liked the 2001 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva which had a beautiful nose of leather with mature dusty fruit on the palate. The 2001 La Rioja Alta Reserva Especial Vina Adanza had a nose of dark blackberries with sweet fruit and a long finish. The 2001 Senorio de Pecina Reserva had a nose of sour cherries and cooked fruit on the palate. Other Rioja poured included the 2007 Muga Reserva and the 2005 Lopez de Heredia Crianza Vina Cubillo.
The tasting event sponsored by Garnet consisted of twenty white and red Burgundy and I have to say that there wasn’t a clunker in the bunch. Some of the whites that I enjoyed included the 2010 Domaine Bart Marsannay “Les Favieres”, the 2009 Claude Jobard Rully Montagne “Le Follie”, the 2009 Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Saint Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly and the 2009 Chateau de le Maltroye Chassagne Montrachet. With the reds I enjoyed the 2009 Chateau de Raousset Morgan Douby, served chilled it was nicely balanced and a good sipping red. The 2009 Domaine Lafouge Auxey–Duresses 1er Cru “La Chapelle” was a great bargain Burgundy, toasted earth on the nose, black velvet fruit and a long finish. The 2009 Domaine Stephane Magnien Morey-Saint Denis Cuvee Petites Noix 1er Cru had a beautiful nose of forest floor with a great silky balance on the finish. Other tasty juice included the 2009 Hospice de Beaune Santenots Cuvee Jehan de Massol Volnay 1er Cru, the 2009 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne Montrachet Rouge “La Boudriotte” and the 2009 Damaine Rapet Pere et Fils Pernand Ile des Vergelesses 1er Cru.