Think of wines from the Iberian peninsula as the peacemaker at the holiday table. Many Old World wines are characterized by their earthy nature while many New World wines are characterized by their fruitiness, then on the Iberian peninsula is where the two worlds collide. The Thanksgiving table is often seen a pairing troublemaker and these wines will also play peacemaker at the table. Grab a couple of bottles to work with the various courses/moods that you may find yourself in during the meal and more than anything, have fun!
Today, Molly, an expert on the region, will be guiding us through this wonderful selection of Iberian wines. Stop by and join her for a wonderful afternoon tasting!
- Juve & Camps Rose NV: This Rosé Brut is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes from the historic Juvé y Camps estate. The free run juice undergoes a cold soak maceration followed by fermentation in stainless steel. Aged in the bottle for 18-24 months before disgorgement and dosaged to 7.1 g/l residual sugar, this Cava is a beautiful expression of the traditional methods of Juvé y Camps with international flair and flavor. On the nose, the delicate aromas evolve from notes of fresh red apple and strawberries to hints of honey white flowers and toasted almond. On the palate the texture is rich and creamy with a fine perlage. Pair this with sushi, foie gras, ham, or a lovely strawberry sorbet.
- Anima Negra Quíbia 2016: Quíbia gets its name from a aspirational worry-free state of mind. The wine is the brainchild
of Miquelangel Cerda and his partner, Pere Obrador celebrating the versitility of the indigenous red grape, Callet, which is the common thread through all their wines. The wine is a blend of 60% Callet, vinified as white, that lends texture and tartness, with 30% Premsal that adds roundness, with 10% other local grape varieties, including Giro Ros that give a backbone of acidity. Quíbia has aromas of
white peach, pear, sea brine, and jasmine. On the palate the wine is weighty with a silky olive oil texture and concentrated flavors of ripe peach, Anjou pear, and capers. Crisp, lively and well balanced. This is a perfect wine if you are having a seafood or vegetarian Thanksgiving.
- La Tremenda Monastrell 2014: So well respected is Enrique Mendoza that it was inducted into the prestigious Grandes Pagos de España. This group’s mission is to defend and propagate the culture of “pago” wine, meaning wine produced in a specific terroir that reflects the distinct personality of the soil and climate. To become a member, a vineyard must surpass strict quality standards and also exhibit a degree of uniqueness in terms of soil, climate or grape variety that sets it apart from the surrounding area. The association’s membership includes 25 estate wineries throughout Spain. This is a single-vineyard wine made entirely from mature Monastrell vines that suffer in the harsh, arid landscape of the Alicante. The grapes are hand-harvested and produce a bright ruby-red colored wine that shows expressively in the glass of fresh cherries. Pair this with your turkey and brussels sprouts and be happy.
- Anima Negra AN/2 2014: ÀN/2 is a perfect introduction to the wines of Mallorca. This unique red is made from old vine
65% Callet, 20% Mantonegre-Fogoneu, and 15% Syrah fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete —macerated only briefly to retain the freshness and flavors of the fully ripe fruit. Aged for just over one year in a combination of 80% French barriques and 20% American oak. This wine has a deep and rich aroma of savory spices, raspberries, dark cherries, and hints of violets and smoke. This is silky and elegant wine with intense mature fruit that is well-balanced on the palate. If you are having something more substantial than turkey for Thanksgiving (e.g. roast pork, duck, rabbit, or even beef), then grab a couple bottles!