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Viña Alberdi 2009 (2 bottles)
Viña Sastre Crianza 2012 (2 bottles)
Jaspi Maragda 2012 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £70.76
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This month we're proposing you experience the personality of a great Rioja classic, Viña Alberdi 2009, and discern among its many merits its ability to seduce us, vintage after vintage, always such a classic and always so rich; we think you'll be amazed too by the gravitas of one of the Ribera del Duero's best Crianza wines, Viña Sastre Crianza 2012, another safe bet year after year; and we'd like to introduce you to the revitalised Jaspi Maragda 2012, a Montsant wine all set to jazz up your glasses, with its wide array of nuances and sensations.
We sincerely hope you enjoy them, and wish you a very Happy New Year!
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Red Crianza. La Rioja Alta Rioja, Spain Tempranillo
Bottle: £8.80 club members / £10.13 non-members
Viña Alberdi exudes an excellent aroma, very fresh acidity and well-integrated oak; it's fruit-forward and has a most pleasant finish, with refreshing notes of pine needles. A wine which, even though it doesn't attain the same seriousness as some of the house's emblematic wines, is certainly not lacking in elegance or seduction. Its aromatic complexity, with aromas of Morello cherries, ripe fruit, orange peel, humus, tobacco, wax and leather, intensifies on the palate and offers a mix of seriousness and sensuality. Adorably classic, and why ever not?
Viña Alberdi is named after Don Nicolás Alberdi, the winery's president from 1947 to 1952, and its first vintage year was 1974.
Aperitifs / chicken with raisins and plums / cooked sausages / pork / meat rice dishes / feathered game / duck a l'orange / lamb / cured cheeses
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Red Crianza. Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero, Spain Tempranillo
Bottle: £11.51 club members / £13.25 non-members
Besides being a very fine Crianza and an excellent choice at all times, Viña Sastre Crianza is characterised by its great freshness and surprises too with the presence of red fruit, when blueberries and black fruit are usually the norm in Ribera del Duero wines. Black and red fruit, ripe but smooth and spirited, flowing on the palate, accompanied by floral notes, black pepper, fine toasty nuances, meaty hints and a notable minerality. Its freshness and complexity surely result from the careful selection of grapes and the altitude of the plots where the vineyards lie, namely Las Navas, Caroa, Carrasantamaría, Fuentenarro, Valdelayegua, Cañuelo, Carranaguix and Bercial, all parcels of land located in Roa, in the province of Burgos, at an altitude of 815 metres. Restrained and elegant, a wine that's particularly impressive on the palate, very juicy, with plenty of fruit and wonderful acidity, giving full and leisurely enjoyment.
Beef / roast lamb / veal / oven-cooked game meat / tripe / wild boar
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Red Crianza. Coca i Fitó Montsant, Spain Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
Bottle: £10.44 club members / £12.01 non-members
In Jaspi Maragda we find the joyfulness and succulence of the Garnacha, with a subtle caramel touch, the restraint of the Cariñena, always so elegant, and the roundness and consistency of the Syrah. A wine rich in acidic red and black fruits such as pomegranates and black cherries, warm bakery and earthy notes and hints of chocolate and tobacco, with a velvety feel, smooth and fresh.
NOTE: Despite its easy-going nature, this wine has been conceived as one to lay down, which is why decanting is recommended especially during its early years.
Magret of duck / beef / oven-cooked meats / Asian cuisine
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