New Arrivals from Spain & Argentina

Apr 10 , 2019

Tom Kisthart

New Arrivals from Spain & Argentina

I said last week that I might have been sending out 3 emails. Forget that. We had trouble keeping up with the volume from 2. Today I'm switching it up with something that's not Californian wine for a change. Next email will be again. Our warehouse is finally fully functional this week so we're ready to kick butt getting litteral tons of wine out of here. 

I found a bunch of new pricing to take advantage of on some excellent wines from Spain and Argentina. Personally I'm drinking just about any wine mentioned here today over any of our best selling wines from California. I've grown to love many Californian wines, just not our best selling ones. 

First up we have some Numanthia from the stellar winery named...Numanthia. Great vintage for this wine and the added age is a bonus. 

Numanthia Numanthia Toro 2012 $39.99 compare at $70+
95 Points Wine Enthusiast - Top 100 of 2017 
"Deep, dense and pure from the opening bell, this Toro is a winner. Aromas of dark ripe black fruits are cool and moderately oaked. This feels massive on the palate but sensationally balanced. Flavors of blackberry, coffee, mocha and toasty oak finish spicy, smooth and heady. Drink this exemplary Toro through 2023."

Numanthia Numanthia Toro 2014 $39.99 compare at $65
96 Points James Suckling 
"An instantly polished impression on the nose with lively dark plum and black cherry fruits swathed in spicy complexity. The texture is seamless, saturated in energetic dark plum fruit flavor. A great wine. Try from 2020."

And we just lowered our price on their entry-level:

Numanthia Termes Tinta de Toro 2015 $19.99 compare at $36
94 Points James Suckling 
"Black as the ace of spades with great berry fruit and a lot of savory character, this is a very distinctive Toro red. Very powerful with plenty of fruit sweetness, but as the wine flows over the palate it slowly turns ever further in the savory direction. Long, beautifully balanced finish. Drink or hold."

For the wines above, I think California wine drinkers can appreciate their intensity. The next 3 are more rustic with old world charm. 

La Rioja Alta exemplifies old school Rioja. I love these wines:

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2012 $17.99 compare at $21
92 Points James Suckling
"This is a very classic Rioja with dried fruit and hints of vanilla. Lots of plums and red fruit. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Exotic and beautiful. Very pretty 2012."

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2009 $28.99 compare at $40
96 Points James Suckling 
"Very fresh and vivid 2009 with berries, dark spice and hints of walnuts. Full-bodied, reserved and so held back and muscular, but you don’t feel the tannins and the strength. A great wine."

Below is a curiosity for sure. A white Rioja from 2009. That's the current vintage. This stuff is catnip for all the NYC cool somms. 

Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia 2009 $29.99 
94 Points James Suckling 
"Candied-citrus and honeycomb, dried-pear and fresh-almond aromas pour from the glass. Rich and textural, but very dry with a great balance of lively and mature flavors. Very clean, lively finish. Drink or hold."

Argentina

Cheval des Andes is considered one of the greatest wines from South America. Decant the hell out of it if you open now or save for the long hall. It's a partnership between one of the greatest wine estates in the world Cheval Blanc (Bordeaux) and the Argentine producer Terrazas. 

Cheval des Andes 2015 $69.99 compare as high as $145!
98 Points James Suckling 
"Very perfumed aromas of crushed berries such as raspberries and lemon rind. Plenty of flowers and sandalwood, too. Full body, very fine tannins and focus with a lovely, ethereal sensibility, which gives it balance and freshness. I love the energy and precision. It's all about subtlety. Despite the slightly difficult weather, this is a masterpiece in harmony. Drink in 2020 and onwards."

Their incredible single vineyard Malbec is great for drinking now:

Terrazas de los Andes Las Compuertas Malbec 2014 $39.99 compare at $58
94 Points James Suckling 
"A soft and focused red with plum, berry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, layered and delicious. Flavorful finish. Available in November. Ready now."

Terrazas Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2016 $14.99 compare at $20
92 Points James Suckling
"This is a fresh and delicately fruity red with dark berry and hints of fresh herb. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean, bright and crisp finish. Drink now."

Drink something new! Don't catch the diabetes from all that Quilt, Belle Glos, Austin Hope and just about all Caymus products you're guzzling. You think you're drinking dry but trust me they're not. All the wines in this email are actually dry. Peace.