Herencia Remondo La Montesa

Herencia Remondo La MontesaWhen I first launched this site, nearly four years ago, Spanish wines were what I was excited about, especially garnacha.  But since the first few months of the site, I find myself tasting less and less Spanish wines.  I have nothing against them, in fact I subdue have some trusted favorites in the Spanish section.  I just seem to be appearance across Spanish wines less often these days.  I’m sure some of that is due to the outstanding bargains appearance out of Chile, which are really overshadowing some additional value regions.
Nonetheless, I subdue like a excellent Spanish wine and I was glad to have the opportunity to taste this one.  I should note that I did not taste this wine blind, as I generally prefer to do for reviews.  But without a lineup of a few different Spanish blends, it just wouldn’t work.
This wine comes from Rioja, which is probably the most well-known of the Spanish wine regions.  But it’s not one I generally reckon of for “value” wines, and at $20 this one may not be considered a bargain by some consumers.  Although, that is the “suggested” retail fee and you may find it as low as $12. Read more

Freixenet Cordon Rosado Brut

Freixenet Cordon Rosado BrutIt’s time to talk about more pink bubbly stuff.  Wine, that is.  Cava, to be more specific.
Yesterday, we highlighted a unique rosé cava from Freixenet, their Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut.  But if you’re looking for an even better bargain, then it may be the Freixenet Cordon Rosado Brut that piques your interest.  It’s a few dollars less expensive and comparable in quality, although the flavor profile is different, so read on.
The Cordon Rosado Brut is made from a blend of trepat and garnacha.  One fascinating note about trepat is that there are only about 1,000 hectares of it grown.  It is an indigenous Spanish variety and needs a special type of soil to grow well.  Garnacha (or grenache), on the additional hand, is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Read more