This past Tuesday night I attended the Wines From Spain Sommelier After Hours wine event held at Soccarrat Paella Bar East on 953 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. It was a casual tasting of eight Spanish wines served with trio of Paella.
NV Pere Ventura Cupagtge d’Honor Cava (Penedès). Always start with a sparkler, this one was light and tart.
2014 Marqués de Riscal Verdejo (Rueda). Nose of grapefruit and peaches.
2013 Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino. (Rias Baixas). Big perfume of cotton candy and ripe peaches, with ripe fruit. A colleague called this very “Cali”.
2011 Portia Crianza (Ribera del Duero). Dark, concentrated dusty fruit.
2011 El Vinculo (La Mancha). Tight with toasted dark leather fruit.
2010 Casa de la Ermita Crianza (Jumilla). Beautiful perfume of dark fruit and plums with bright sour cherry fruit.
2009 Bodegas San Valero Garnacha (Aragon). Ripe nose of roasted plums with meat and roast nuts on the finish.
2004 Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva (Rioja). Red leather on the nose with tight, red cherry fruit and firm acids on the moderate to long finish.