“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … its summertime!” ― Kenny Chesney
Whole Foods Market hosted a virtual wine-tasting to showcase a half-dozen Spanish wines that are warm weather friendly to kick-off the summer season. What’s a virtual wine tasting? (Yes, actual wine is involved.) It’s when a group of drinkers take to Twitter (or U-Stream or Taste Live) at an appointed time and compare tasting notes. (Yeah, that seemed a whole lot less dorky when I was thinking it.) Wine Harlots enjoyed (all but one) of the wines from the Iberian Peninsula, and they all retail in California for $14 USD or under. The price at your local Whole foods may vary due to market forces.
Hermanos Lurton Rueda Verdejo 2010. Spain. Pale yellow. Floral nose. Crisp acidity. Lemon and mineral notes. Great glass of awesome. $12.
Castaño Organic Monastrell Yecla 2011. Spain. Intense purple color. Plumy nose. Dark cherry and stone fruit palate. Intense. Tannic and meaty with stewed fruit. Can I say “intense” a little more? $12
Monte Oton Garnacha 2010. Spain. Color: dark purple. Muted nose. Pronounced grapiness on the mouth. Nice tannins. $10. Not a winner for me. Wine Harlots were in the minority on this one. Most of the other tasters loved this one, however.
Castell de Raimat Albariño, Costers del Segre. Pale yellow, Gentle flavors of peach with soft acidity. Great bargain at $12.
Faustino Rioja tempranillo. Dark purple hue, aromas of blackberry, flavors of black berries & plums w/earthy complexity. Under $12. Then much later in the evening. The Faustino Rioja tempranillo from WholeFoods is pairing nicely with a fudge brownie. #WhoKnew? #ImpossiblePairings.
Más de Leda Tempranillo. Dense purple tone. Meaty, sage aroma. Peppy flavors of blackberry and current. It’s doing a dance in my mouth. $10.
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Although there is no financial compensation involved in this commentary, all of the wines listed in this commentary were provided by Whole Foods Market as a free sample for editorial consideration. Did it influence my writing? Wine Harlots are easy, just not that easy.