Hello and Happy Friday!
This Fall weather has got me salivating for some of my favorite red wines.
On my trip last month to Spain, I had the chance to visit what is considered by many authorities on Spanish wine, including myself, to be one of its greatest estates. Viña Sastre is a producer that I’ve featured many times on the newsletter before, including on the most recent 6 for $120-Something Sampler.
Today’s newsletter features new releases from Viña Sastre.
If you love Spanish wines, or are just learning them, you do not want to miss these. They truly are spectacular!
Have a great weekend,
2009 Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero Crianza
Jesus Sastre is known throughout Spain as being one of the country’s greatest farmers. This is an undeniable fact, but more importantly, it is what and where Jesus farms that makes the utmost difference in what is an incredibly diverse and large region.
The vineyards around La Horra are well-documented to be amongst the best in this vast region. Soil has a lot to do with it, but also the amount of old-vines in the region produce naturally low-yielding and structured wines.
Jesus is a magician with the Tempranillo grape. His Crianza, which just refers to a wine that has spent at least 12 months in oak casks, comes from 20-65 year-old vines in several vineyards around La Horra.
It is made entirely from Tempranillo, and was aged in new French oak for 18 months. Below is a recent review from Josh Raynolds of the International Wine Cellar.
“A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense and cola, along with a sexy floral nuance and a touch of cracked pepper. Juicy, sweet and expansive, offering vibrant cherry and blackberry flavors and a velvety texture. Finishes with impressive clarity and lift, leaving a candied violet note behind. 92 points.”
I taste a lot of wine from this appellation and from Spain in general. This is a lot of wine for the money – a truly spectacular value. Don’t miss this!
$31.99 BTL. / $383.88 CASE
2009 Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero “Regina Vides”
Never seen this wine before? That is because it is virtually impossible to get, as it quickly sells out in Spain and abroad.
This is a pre-arrival offer on what is a truly spectacular, age-worthy wine. The wine should arrive in the next 4-5 weeks.
“Regina Vides” is a wine made from 100+ year vines in one of Jesus’ most special vineyards named Santa Cruz. The best grapes from the “sweet spot” of Santa Cruz are used. The yields are so low that when walking through the vineyard, you could see only two clusters per vine.
The 2009 is an epic “Regina Vides,” full of incredibly aromatic notes of blackberry and plum notes, mineral, and spice. The palate is rich and sumptuous, with well-defined fruit and balanced tannins. For those bold red wine fans, you will enjoy this young. For those looking for further nuances, and a wine that will cellar for many years to come, this also fits the bill.
This is an incredible Ribera del Duero, and can be placed alongside the other great wines of the appellation. Given that fact, this happens to be an amazing value, and highly recommended for all fans of full-bodied Spanish reds! This will never make the shelves of any retail store in Chicago, so make sure you order some today!
$86.99 BTL. / $521.94 SIX-PACK CASE
2009 Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero “Pesus”
For collectors of the world’s greatest wines – here is Pesus. I’ve drunk all the greatest names in Ribera del Duero, such as Vega Sicilia and Pingus, and they are great and worthwhile. Pesus is on that level, if not even better.
This is an individual wine, an expression of the family and what they can do when every step is given the utmost attention.
“Pesus” is only made in the best years, and it is harvested only by Jesus and his family members. A blend of primarily Tempranillo, from the oldest parcels, along with small percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot.
Jesus was incredibly generous to open up a couple bottles of Pesus when we had lunch at his winery last month. Paired with a classic “lechazo” or roasted 3-month-old D.O.P. baby lamb, the combination took me to the stratosphere.
What is amazing about Pesus, and something I notice when I taste the world’s most famous and great wines, is that it just glides across the palate, lightweight, yet rich, textured yet smooth and of course, lasting for seemingly ever on the palate.
Only 1200 bottles were produced in 2009, and after we drank a couple that leaves 1198.
I would choose this over any First Growth Bordeaux, any time, any place. I’m not saying they are the same, but the prices are similar.
$699.99 BTL. / IT’S ONLY A 1-PACK CASE!