Monday, August 11, 2008


The elongated recollection of my recent flight of amazing wines with a local distributor continues with two wonderful new wines from Jorge Ordonez, the master of Spanish wines here in the U.S. I have to say that we do considerably well with a lot of Jorge’s portfolio here at LD, but it’s a big book, and the sales force at this wholesaler cannot be faulted for not showing me every single wine in this guy’s stable.

Though we tasted several at this particular time, the two I want to highlight are the Volver Tempranillo 2005 from La Mancha and the Monte Oton Garnacha 2007 from Campo de Borja. The Volver is one of Jorge’s newest projects in the La Mancha region of Spain, which is a fairly large region by comparison, lying due south of Madrid. A much warmer region, it is typically known for producing powerful reds, full of depth, concentration and richness. This Tempranillo boldly leaps from the glass with aromas of red and black fruits, dark spices and tobacco. The tannins are surprisingly smooth, not at all what you would expect from such a strong bouquet. The red and black berries continue throughout its delicious, slightly decadent presence on the palate. Very well-made, and extremely affordable, this Tempranillo will certain win over anyone not already convinced of Spain’s value.

The Monte Oton is also brand new, and comes via Bodegas Borsao, producer of our staff’s beloved Tres Picos. This completely unoaked Grenache shows just how rich and dense a Garnacha can be. Originating from the Campo de Borja region, which lies just southeast of Rioja, is renowned for some terrific values and this wine is no exception. Medium-bodied, with mild tannins, supple red fruit, hints of spice and earth, and a truly satisfying finish, you should buy this by the case.

We’ll finish this showcase with two new standout Cabs from California and a reprise of what is amazing about Spain.

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